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on December 28, 2014
This is a great little tuner for the violin, and what I like about it you can just leave it on your instrument (next to the fingerboard on upper left bout) and it doesn't interfere with anything when you put the violin back in it's case. Just attach it by the handy cam lock lever and forget it, nothing could be simpler. It's nice to be able to swivel it back and forth, too, as I find that I will shift the violin slightly sometimes depending on my situation and the ability to swivel the display comes in real handy.

The display is bright enough for me (I wear glasses) and the best thing is this thing is accurate as all get out. I had previously purchased the guitar version of this for my acoustic and electric guitars (same tuner body, with a shorter clamp which attaches on the guitar's peghead) and was very satisfied with them so when this model for violin came along I snapped it up. Liked it so well I ordered a few more for my fiddlin' friends, so I am very happy with the performance of this little tuner. You can flip the display up-side-down with the touch of a button if you wish (for alternate mountings) and you can also change the range with the sharp or flat buttons, if you need to do that sort of thing (say, if you need to tune with a piano that isn't all the way there). Battery life seems to be very good, too, but I don't leave mine on all the time like some folks do (very distracting). It does have an auto shut-off feature which turns the unit's power off after a few minutes if it doesn't detect any sound, to conserve the battery just in case you forget.
This is the best thing to come around in years (IMHO) and it makes life a lot simpler not having to hunt (or lose) clip on scroll tuners any more before a show. BRAVO D'Addario for another great product!
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on February 3, 2018
The genius of this tuner is that it does NOT clip on. Instead, it CLAMPS ON. So it stays in place, unlike the clip-ons which can pop off a violin. And I can leave it on the violin when the violin is in its case. There's no reason to take it off. Nice.

It's smaller than you expect, but the display is bright and easily readable. It's also chromatic, so I would be happier if it displayed an octave number along with the note name. Just so I don't have to think about it.

My only real complaint is that it turns itself off after 10 minutes, which can be annoying if you're still using it. I would have preferred that it restart its shut down timer every time it detected a note.

There has been some confusion due to the lack of instructions, so let me clarify. The "M" (Mode) button switches between the tuner and metronome modes. The button with the rotating arrows inverts the display in case you want to mount the tuner upside down.

The first one failed after a few days and Amazon did an immediate exchange. Good job, Amazon.

The most convenient violin tuner I have found to date. Definitely recommended.
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on February 18, 2018
Update: Increasing from 3 to 4 stars due to helpful customer support and better quality product.
After writing this review, I contacted D'Addario to suggest some ways to fix the problems of this tuner. I was informed by a very helpful man called George Santos that most of these tuners do not have the loose buttons that result in buzzing. He offered to send me out a new one, which I received and which works with no annoying buzz. I would still like the option to disable the automatic shutoff or at least extend it to 20 minutes, but it's still a nice little tuner.
So this is handy, no doubt about it. It is fairly accurate and typically identifies the correct note quickly enough. Sometimes not though.

I leave this on as much as possible to check intonation as I play.

The downsides to this tuner are as follows:
-The automatic battery shut-off is annoying. I'd like the option to leave it on indefinitely.
-The buttons are hard plastic and not well secured. Yep, this means there will be a frequency or two on your violin that will set these little buttons buzzing away. It's quite disruptive when it occurs and could be fixed with rubber buttons instead of hard plastic ones.

These flaws are significant but do not outstrip the tuner's utility. I will continue using it until the day when I curse the buzzing loudly and smash the tuner to bits against the wall. I just hope my violin is disconnected from the tuner by that point.

If this were the only product in its class it would be a 4/5, but with all the other clip on tuning options out there, it's a 3/5 until they fix that darn buzzing!
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on August 30, 2017
This was the hot new tuner at the International Folk Alliance this past year. I didn't get one at that time but wished I had because everyone was excited about it. I finally broke down bought one this summer and stuck it on my main fiddle expecting some sort of miraculous gadget based on the hype. It works as well as any other clip on tuner and is conveniently facing me for tuning. This one has a way of working itself loose during a jam but other tuners aren't meant to stay on at all so it gets points for being able to stay on with only occasional adjustments. It still should be removed before putting the fiddle back in the case. It is not something you would pull off of the fiddle to loan to the guitar player standing next to you, which is easy to do with the Snark styled tuners, but it is a good tuner in the dark, and, because you can't loan it to someone else, you will always know where it is. I would have given it 4.5 stars if there was such a thing just because I wanted it to somehow be better, but there is nothing wrong with it and it is a step in the right direction.
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on October 23, 2016
I love love love this product. I'm a beginner violin player and this has helped me a lot in tuning my violin at home when my teacher is not around. It has also helped me to know if my fingers are in the correct spot when playing. It's very accurate. I have tested it against our piano. It's small enough that it's barely noticeable. The digital display is very clear. It's turns to a different color when you are flat or sharp on the key. It's fits perfectly on my violin. And it's adjustable so it should fit in any size violin. The display angle can also be adjusted so that it faces you in a comfortable view. The only thing I wish I could change is that it automatically turns off after a while. I have to keep turning it back on. I wish there's a feature to where to can pick "auto" for automatic shut off or "on" if you want it to stay on the whole time you are playing. Other than that, excellent product especially for a beginner like me.
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on November 19, 2016
Great size. It does not have to be removed from the fiddle when the fiddle is in its case. When we received it, we thought something was wrong with the display because it was displaying upside down. We were very disappointed and were preparing to return it. Fortunately, my 11 year old daughter realized the display could be reversed. I was a little embarrassed to realize the problem was ME and not the tuner, but so glad we are keeping it. It was inexpensive and perfect for the job!!! Love it!!
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on January 7, 2016
This is a good tuner; for many years, in the absence of a piano or keyboard near by, I've tuned my violin to my ear. Once I get once string tuned to a pitch, I can get the other 3 with ease. Of course, this method is only useful when I play alone. Recently, I've been playing with others and have to be tuned to standards. That's where this little tuner comes in.

It's pretty small and light; you don't have to worry about having it on your violin. It has nice grips and it will not scratch your instrument. The head swivels, so you can position it in the direction that best works for you. I remove it from the violin once I'm done tuning but you can certainly leave it there if you want to use it for intonation practicing or you want to use the metronome feature.

The display has colors to help you tune.. from red, yello, to green when finally tuned. It will also tell you if you are off and by how much which I find helpful, especially since I do not have fine tuners on all my strings.

I'm satisfied with the purchase.
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on April 25, 2018
I love having this clipped to my fiddle. I was using one that had a cable that clipped to the bridge while tuning. Very awkward. I have used those that clip to guitar headstocks. They kinda worked, but not a good place to clip on violin. Found this - gave it a try - and love it. Bought another one for my second fiddle. I like that it is quick. It obviously helps tune, but also gives some valuable feedback on intonation. Just how true am I hitting that note? It tells me! And it shuts off by itself after a bit so saves batteries. I'll never be without it. And it fits in the case on the fiddle, so if you forget and leave it on, no problem. (Some people may not wish to leave it permanently clipped to very expensive instruments fearing chemical reaction or something. I've not noticed any thing on mine & it's been on there a month or more now.)
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on August 14, 2017
This is a very nice tuner. A fellow student in my violin class has it and after seeing a review on YouTube, I decided to give it a try. It works well even with background noise, so this is a big plus, when you are trying to tune your instrument with several other people in the same room. It shuts off after 10 minutes, but you can just leave it on the instrument and it gives you feedback while warming up. When you want to gauge how accurately you are playing, it is a lot less distracting as, for example, a tuner on your phone that sits on a violin stand and picks up all sorts of background noises. I can't evaluate the battery life yet, but so far I'd say it is well worth the money.
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Somewhere between a 4 and 5 star. My Snark 8 tight tolerance tuner is more accurate, but this one is certainly accurate enough for the way I play the violin. It's tiny, so fits into the small compartment in the violin case. It clips pretty securely to the body of the violin and is visible when playing, so it's possible to use for intonation, although I don't use it like that.

My only complaint is that the Snark will show off-tune conditions that this one does not recognize. How far off it is, I'm not sure, as this tuner is more accurate than my ears.
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