Arash Ahmadi wrote: ↑
Sat May 12, 2018 5:45 pm
<snip> for a very good handmade guitar, what would you choose?
Sloanes are very good, though on the heavy side as mentioned, but they don't have "that European look," which some prefer on a guitar with its roots from that part of the world. I had Sloane, Alessi, and Gilbert in my shop last week, so I took some time to compare them side by side. All had zero backlash and smooth operation. Here's how I'd rate them on feel and appearance.
Feel -- Gilbert, with Sloane and Alessi tied for second place
Appearance -- Alessi, Sloane, Gilbert
Cost -- Sloane and Gilbert tied for cheapest, Alessi most costly
I dismantled a set of $80 Gotoh tuners for evaluation, and though simple, appeared to be better designed than most in that price range. They had some backlash, but not as much as some of their peers. They were less dependent on accurate drilling of the roller holes in the neck for minimal backlash than say, Stewmac Golden Age classical tuners, but they did show propensity for wear on the roller gears after a short time.
Overall--gross generalization here-- I'd say most $50 to $100 tuners, though certainly sufficient, have a clunky feel compared to the higher end ones I compared.