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Post by CurtissRobin »

I'm finally up to HERE with my cheapie tuner and it's time to get a serious, though not elaborate, tuner. (I've admired the $200 Boss TU-1000 but...) It's got to do electric, steel and nylon acoustic and bass; it'd be nice if it'd do mandolin and wind instruments as well. Finally, I'd really like a sub-$100 price, though here I suspect I'm asking too much.

I'd prefer hearing experiences, not just makes and models. Thanks, all.

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Post by Wayne_Alexander »

If you want a floor model for live performance you cannot do better than the Peterson Strobostomp 2. Costs more than some, worth it. If good enough is good enough, then the Boss TU-2 is a decent floor model (but noticeably not as accurate as the Peterson).
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I like the Sonic Research Turbo Tuner tuners. I have both the ST-122 (for around the workshop) and the ST-200 (pedalboard model) and they rock. They are so good I sold my Peterson VS-2 and my Conn Strobotuner ST-11. If you are concerned about accuracy, the Turbo Tuners are guaranteed to be within +/-.02 cents vs the +/-.1 cents that the Petersons offer. They are around $130.00 and well worth every penny.

http://www.turbo-tuner.com/
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Post by GUITARmole »

+1 on the Strobostomp. They're accurate enough to adjust bridge intonation. Go to the music store...tune your guitar with a Boss or Korg tuner...then tune it with the Strobostomp and see how far off you are :wink:
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I've been using the Korg DT-1 for years and it works great. My current one is probably 15 years old now and it is starting to act up a little. The pass-through never worked really well. I had another one for at least 10 years before that one. It was stolen with the rest of my gear when I was in college.

I use a Korg rack tuner in my rack. I really like that one. it is fast, accurate and easy to use.

Everyone speaks very highly of the Peterson tuners so I'd like to try one of those.
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Post by krx »

Anyone tried the Planet Waves strobe tuner? $68 on Music123 right now for a true strobe. The Peterson stuff is great but way too expensive due to lack of competitors until recently.
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krx wrote:Anyone tried the Planet Waves strobe tuner? $68 on Music123 right now for a true strobe. The Peterson stuff is great but way too expensive due to lack of competitors until recently.
I tried one and found it to be pretty heavy and it really didn't have the resolution.
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krx wrote:Anyone tried the Planet Waves strobe tuner? $68 on Music123 right now for a true strobe. The Peterson stuff is great but way too expensive due to lack of competitors until recently.

The planet waves tuner is pretty good but has one flaw when used on a pedalbaord. If you use a pedal board with built-in power it will be noisey unless you use a separate wall wart. I'm just using a Korg GT-2 Tuner from the tuner out on a Ernie Ball Volume pedal.

I just use the G-major's built in tuner when I use that.

I go between discrete pedals and the G-Major.
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Post by Norbert »

I like the TU-2. It has modes for flat guitar, double flat guitar, bass, if you like those sorts of features. I suppose just the names of the notes are good enough, and it can give you that (with sharps and flats). It also has a buffered output (isn't true bypass) which is supposed to be good for driving subsequent pedals. Mine isn't in the signal chain, I just plug in when I need to tune. Could work on a floorboard, though.
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Post by Deric »

I had a TU-2. Sold it and bought a Strobo-Stomp. Hated it. Bought the 2nd gen Strobo-Stomp. Hated it. Sold them both and bought another TU-2. It's still on my pedal board with NO complaints.

I have a Peterson VS-II on my bench. I've been happy with it.

If I had to buy a new tuner I'd probably buy a Sonic Research... Great price and seems like a great product... (never actually used one)...
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Post by tazwolf »

I have both a Peterson strobostomp and a sonic research turbo tuner.
Turbo tuner is better - easier to use, compact, clearer, display.
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Post by zaphod_phil »

I hate to be the party pooper, but I've never found tuners to be very useful personally. I think trained ears can do a better job. :)
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Post by StarGeezers »

I got a cheap Marshall tuner at the Wal Mart for 14 bucks , works great ... still have to depend on the ears for those on the fly G string adjustments during a song... :roll:
Funny , seems like tuners became popular about 15 years ago , before that we tuned to the organ , harmonica, tuning fork , whatever... Worked fine !!!
I met a guy here who's a famous music arranger who had to go to New York to write up some big band arrangements ... When he got there, they asked him if he needed a piano... he said ,"No, I've got my tuning fork ".... :lol: He showed me how to "sing" the intervals ... 8)
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Post by GUITARmole »

zaphod_phil wrote:I hate to be the party pooper, but I've never found tuners to be very useful personally. I think trained ears can do a better job. :)
Not when you use a Jazzmaster with that horrible trem, the strings are all out of tune in different directions, and you have 15 seconds to get back in tune before your next song. :wink:
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zaphod_phil wrote:I hate to be the party pooper, but I've never found tuners to be very useful personally. I think trained ears can do a better job. :)
But that sounds like amature night when tuning on stage... doing the harmonic thing... I personaly use a TU-2 and it works great. It's on the Tuner-out of my Ernie Ball volume pedal... so not in the signal chain at all....


I like to tune up every time I am not playing..( Song intro's... singer is talking to crowd...) That way I know it won't sound off when I start playing... especialy when you have a keys player or sequencers in the equation... Those hot lights seem to do a job on guitar strings... You take a guitar that was side stage and throw it in front of a flood light.... and the guitar goes out of tune... that is my experience...

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