Gears and barrels are brass, the original buttons are black.
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Set 121: 1930s Kluson 3 on a plate open back tuners for slot head as found on some National and other quality slot head guitars of the pre-war years.
The plates are marked “Kluson Mfg Chicago Ill.” Nickel plate, brass barrels and gears and off-white buttons. Set 127: Late 60s/early 70s Grover G-98 “Stay-tite” tuners in nickel finish.
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And it never fails to surprise me when I find that even seasoned bluegrass veterans (and I'm talking here about folks who have won banjo contests, played in for decades in the top amateur bands, and have worked in the recording studio) don't know very much at all about the dobro, unless they happen to play one (questions like "Hey! Much of this essay is based on those sources, and the rest is based a personal viewpoint that comes from 15 years of opinionated dobro picking.