I am working on a banjo with very nice gold plated hardware, and MOP knobs. The fifth string peg, though, is a replacement: no gold plating, and a plastic knob.
Can someone identify the tuners for me? I would like to find a matching fifth string peg, and I actually have a matching MOP knob that was in with my "odds and ends."
Thanks for the help, George
Those are standard "patent" or "mechanical" friction pegs. Fifth pegs of that vintage typically have a smaller tapered fitting than more modern ones, so the most practical solution might be to avoid problems fitting up by using a more modern fifth peg and fit the shaft to your MOP button.
Those friction pegs work easily with nylon or gut strings, but can be a real pain with steel, so another good alternative would be to switch to a nice set of geared "planet" or cycloidal pegs, using the original buttons.
The 4 tuners on the peghead have very narrow posts, which makes the tuning a little easier. The part on the current 5th string, where the string is wound, is quite fat, making the tuning more difficult. I may be able to machine that section down, but I was hoping to find an old, original replacement. The banjo is, I believe, a Hughes, from the 1920s, and it would be nice to keep it as original as possible.