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on September 2, 2015
I have played the guitar for years and recently purchased a ukulele. Needing a good tuner to tune both, I purchased this tuner. It arrived quickly. However, when I went to use it, the tuner did not properly function. It worked fine in mic mode but did not work in clip mode. I was a little surprised based upon all the great reviews so I contacted the company "Groovy Center." Within a few hours the co-owner had contacted me. After telling him my issue, he immediately shipped me another one. It arrived quickly and worked perfectly. The clip mode is great. You can tune your stringed instrument in the noisiest of places and still get it tuned quickly. I use it everyday. Even my 9 year old daughter, who is learning to play the ukulele uses it. It is easy to operate and makes tuning your instrument quick and easy. The company has exceptional customer service and a fan for life.
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on April 24, 2016
Great tuner. First I bought a Fender FT-004, which gets great reviews. I hated it: slow, slow, slow. I kept overshooting the tuning, up and down. I threw it away and got this instead. Fast, bright, small pitch increments work very well. Sensitive enough even for intonation adjustments (although not nearly as good as an expensive tuner or a strobe). It is a bit bigger than many headstock tuners, including the Fender, but still fits in the case when attached. I've already bought a second one for my son.

UPDATE #1:
Purchased a second tuner, and this one was off by a full half step. Honestly, I've never seen a tuner this "out of tune" . So, five stars for the first one and one star for the second, averages to three stars.

UPDATE #2
Back up to 5 stars. Vendor noticed my first update and sent me an apologetic email, a new tuner, and a gift. Happy to report that the new tuner is dead on. So 2 out of 3 were perfect. Maybe the 2nd was just a lemon. I suggest you verify yours against a friend's tuner, a piano, etc. Make sure it's right. If you have a problem, contact the vendor. They are very responsive. I am a very happy customer and heartily recommend this tuner.
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on August 29, 2016
Look, I am a rank beginner at the Banjo. I was able to take the Real Tuner out of its package, turn it on, and perfectly tune my 5-String torture device in under two minutes. For someone like me with no Ear whatsoever, it's a blessing to be able to start this long journey knowing that the Instrument is exactly as it should be. It's going to take way longer than that for my Finger Rolls to threaten anyone in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. However long that is, though, my banjo will always be in tune. Isn't that exactly why you Pop for a tool like this in the first place?
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on September 9, 2015
I have several Snarks but I wanted another clip on tuner as I keep one in each guitar case. I saw positive reviews about this as an alternative to a Snark and I liked the fact that people said that the Real Tuner was bright. I think Snarks are not bright enough. I bought the Real Tuner. It came quickly. The display is bright. There are multiple settings- guitar, bass, chromatic, and maybe a fourth one. It remembers which one you select so you don't have to scroll through every time you turn it on. The owner of the company emailed me the next day to see if I got it and liked it. It's a breath of fresh air to buy from a company with great customer care. The only downside is that the first one I got failed to work after one day of use. The owner assured me that this was an unusual occurrence and sent me a replacement that arrived in two days. That tuner seems to be fine.
In all fairness, I have had a Snark die after dropping it once, so at these low prices, they are almost disposable. If this Real Tuner lasts a year it will be worth the $10. I do like the bright display! With the great customer care I got, I recommend this tuner.
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on December 2, 2016
We purchased this tuner for my son who plays french horn. two deciding factors on this tuner are that it can transpose, and the Mic mode. While my son can do the transposing in his head, it isn't quite second nature, so not having to do that thinking while playing or warming up takes a load off what he has to think about. Additionally, the horn doesn't really have a great place to clip a tuner to make it visually accessible. The Mic mode makes it possible to just clip the tuner to his music stand, making it very easy to see.

The added bonus is the Guitar mode, making it very easy to tune the guitars that he plays as well.
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Top Contributor: Guitarson September 4, 2017
This is a nice tuner. I am using it as a clip-on for my guitars. The screen is very bright and the swivels work great so it can be pivoted to the best angle. The G(uitar) setting is fine for open string tuning but I found I needed the C(hronomatic) setting to get accurate readings for 5th and 12th fret
and harmonic / intonation readings. I matched them side-by-side to my Snark readings. The paper instructions are difficult to follow, but the email from Groovy Center was helpful. I have not tried the mic feature yet .. but that is an interesting feature and one that my Snark does not have. If you have multiple types of instruments to tune = Recommended.
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on April 20, 2018
Does not tune accurately from octave to octave. I play 5-string banjo. When tuning the 3rd string to G4 (by the tuner), then tuning the 5th string to G5 (one octave higher), by the tuner, the string would not match by ear nor when a 12th-fret harmonic was played on the 3rd string.

I also found the tuner to not be accurate when a 440hz "A" tuning fork was applied. It was off by 1-2 hz. This can be compensated for on the tuner by adjusting the reference frequency on the tuner, but that made no difference in the octave-to-octave accuracy.

The tuner did have good response time (which is what I was hoping for), but if it isn't accurate, what good is it? I have been using an "Intellitouch PT10" for many years, and although it is a little slow, the tuning is very accurate.

Maybe this was just a "bad one", but it performed poorly none-the-less. What a bummer...
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on January 11, 2017
Very nice compact product! Works great with my banjo!!

Press the “Mode” button to turn on the Tuner. By default the Chromatic mode (C) is selected. Press again the “Mode” button to select the instrument you like to tune: G=Guitar, B=Bass, V=Violin, U=Ukulele.

Press the “Mic” button to select between Mic and Clip-on mode. Mic mode will enable the internal mic to catch the sound of your instrument while Clip-on will detect the note and pitch using the vibration of your instrument (surrounding noise will not affect the tuner!).

Note and String number displayed (on Guitar-Bass-Violin-Ukulele modes).

Use Chromatic mode to tune any instrument.
Real Tuner will Automatic Power Off after 3 minutes (for battery conservation).

Advanced features include: Wind Instruments tuning Keys (C, D, Eb, F, Bb), A4 Pitch calibration between 430-450HZ (default 440 Hz), Flat Tuning (b-bb-bbb-bbbb).
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on February 17, 2018
I thought wow! that looks like it's well designed and people put some real time and effort into the production.
WRONG!!! This tuner is a mile off!! I have an old one I checked this one against and a keyboard as well and it's two against one.
The displays crystal clear for sure. There is some discrepancy between the tuning aspect I have a keyboard that says the tuning is wrong and an older tuner that says it's wrong and I know by listening it is wrong. I am simply trying to tune an acoustic guitar that is high quality and it has a guitar setting and it's not even close.
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on December 16, 2016
I am amending my comment here. After leaving my original comment, the Seller (Groovy Center) contacted me. I appreciate that. I tried this tuner again, side-by--side with a Snarky tuner, on the bridge of my cello. As I was tuning, the Snarky showed that my cello was in tune, but the Real Tuner showed still "flat." This happened with each string. So, despite the excellent customer service by the Seller, I will still return the product.
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