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Not Too Bad For the Price
on February 8, 2018
This is a decent tuner for the cost. It does seem to "read" a bit slow, as noted by other reviewers. But patience does pay off in in that regard. I have found that at center tuning (when it should be on pitch) the actual pitch of the string can vary by a few cents either side of zero, which can lead to slight dissonance between certain pitches. The indicator could be a little more accurate in the region around the center. To be fair, I have only used this tuner in chromatic mode. Your mileage may vary, depending on the mode you are using.
My only real complaint about the tuner is that the battery cover vibrates and buzzes. I thought I had a loose tuning machine for a moment, but upon investigation I found that the tuner was causing the buzzing. More accurately, the battery cover on the tuner. I will try cutting a thin piece of foam to stick to the inside of cover and see if that solves the issue.
The issues noted above were almost enough to dock a star, but given the price and convenience I decided to keep it at five stars. I am someone who has been using strobe tuners for years, so I suppose I have a slightly more discriminating ear.
Compact; Easy to use; Looks nice; Can be used in Chromatic mode: Convenient, just clip it on and tune up: Nice backlighting: Uses commonly available CR2032 battery.
Seems a bit slow in reading some notes; Center tuning can be a bit tricky; Battery cover vibrates and buzzes (at least on my unit).
This tuner is a good one to start with, given its price and ease of use. Just clip it on and you are good to go. It will work on virtually any stringed instrument. However, if you do a lot of studio type work, or are sensitive to pitch tuning, you may need to look at other, more pricey, alternatives.
Be aware that this tuner's reference tone is set to A=440Hz. You can not fine tune the reference tone. Not counting this as a con, just stating for those who might need that function.
Will I use this tuner? Yes. It is very handy.
Would I buy another one of these? Maybe...as a gift for someone starting in stringed instruments.