Favorite tuners?

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
11 years ago
1,390 posts
I bought several Intelli Chromatic IMT-500 clip-on tuners fairly cheaply off Ebay and am happy with them. Hunter is correct that if they have trouble picking up a note, they don't with the harmonic. I find with my guitar it can almost never pick up the low E string, but it has no trouble with the harmonic.I used to use a Sabine tuner but never bought the pick-up attachment, so I needed silence to tune. It works great if you are plugged in, for you can just put in in between two chords and follow the lights even while playing. But for acoustic instruments it really didn't function too well.I doubt, however, these cheap little clip-ons are as accurate as the more expensive Korg. It would be nice if Consumer Reports or someone would do a comparison for us.D.T. Hunter Walker said:
I found this too, however, it works like a charm if you use a harmonic.

David Swanson said:
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the little Intelli or Tune Tech clip-on tuners that seem so popular. I have a TT500 and while I prefer my Korg, the TuneTech is very convenient. The Korg works great but the cord is a pain. The display on the TT seems to be slower, and for some reason it is less sensitive to the A string than either D strings (tuned DAdd).



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David Swanson
David Swanson
@david-swanson
11 years ago
17 posts
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the little Intelli or Tune Tech clip-on tuners that seem so popular. I have a TT500 and while I prefer my Korg, the TuneTech is very convenient. The Korg works great but the cord is a pain. The display on the TT seems to be slower, and for some reason it is less sensitive to the A string than either D strings (tuned DAdd).
B. Ross Ashley
B. Ross Ashley
@b-ross-ashley
11 years ago
50 posts
I really really like my little Profile PT-2700 . Just works. Can work in either clip or microphone mode, and is adjustable in what it considers an A, but it's really simple to use.
Paul Certo
Paul Certo
@paul-certo
11 years ago
243 posts
I like the jokes idea! A little humorous banter with the audience is a good thing.Paul
John Brownson (aka: Buffalo)
John Brownson (aka: Buffalo)
@john-brownson-aka-buffalo
11 years ago
5 posts
Yeah, I tried to use a GA-30 for a long time. Seemed like it should work. After all, a "D" is a "D", right? But the needle would waver maddingly, while DJ's CA-30 was spot on. Still not sure why it doesn't work, but I solved the problem by getting a new CA-40. That does the trick.Now, if I can just get Southwest Airlines to replace the dulcimer they smashed.....
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
11 years ago
1,794 posts
Is DJ so slippery that you feel you've got to clip something to her to get her in tune?Grin.gif The Korg CA-30 has an accessory clip-on. The GA 30 has trouble because it's made for the dynamics of the guitar rather than a range of smaller instruments.
B. Ross Ashley
B. Ross Ashley
@b-ross-ashley
12 years ago
50 posts
I'm using a Profile PT-2700; works fine for me. It has variable pitch, although I keep it at A4=440. It has a piezo sensor and a built-in mike, both pretty good; and clips on to the tuning head or a peg head, just fine. Invaluable to a newbie experimenting with all the different tunings available.
Guy Babusek
Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12 years ago
96 posts
Anything I can do to help!!;-) Deborah "DJ" Hamouris said:
Ahhh, Tuning pegs! I didn't think of that! I've been clipping my little contact tuner on any piece of real estate that would hold it, and all the time the pegs were right there!
Thanks, Guy.
Guy Babusek
Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12 years ago
96 posts
I also really like the Korg CA-30 or CA-40 tuners with the pickup clip. You clip the pickup onto one of your tuning pegs... I use this also on my harp. Korg tuners IMO have the very best calibration of the ones I've tried.
Bill Lewis
Bill Lewis
@bill-lewis
12 years ago
48 posts
I have a Korg TM40 Digital Tuner Metronome. Is this a good one? I'll pick up a clip on tuner from Peterson soon. Looks like a neat product.Bill
John Brownson (aka: Buffalo)
John Brownson (aka: Buffalo)
@john-brownson-aka-buffalo
12 years ago
5 posts
Thanks, so much, for your helpful responses. I'm realizing that part of my problem is that I've been using a Korg GA-30, given to me by a guitar playing friend, not a CA-30, which is what DJ uses (and I'm borrowing all the time). The GA, for some reason, can't seem to get a good fix on the dulcimer's pitch, and the needle wavers enough to make tuning difficult. I'll get a CA-30 for myself, AND a clip-on extension. I wasn't aware of the extensions, although I'd noticed the input jack in the tuner.Again, thanks for taking the time to help me with a problem that's been bugging me for some time. What great people, and what a great site!
Rod Westerfield
Rod Westerfield
@rod-westerfield
12 years ago
109 posts
I also prefer a Korg CA-30, I then use a signal/flex sf20 guitar tuner pickup with it, this is a suction cup pickup. I never really press it down, just use to isolate when tuning my dulcimer... I have tried several other tuners and have went back to the Korg ...
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
12 years ago
1,794 posts
I though Korg made a clip-on attachment for the CA-30 or CA-40. I prefer my Korg CA-30. This is my second one...
John Brownson (aka: Buffalo)
John Brownson (aka: Buffalo)
@john-brownson-aka-buffalo
12 years ago
5 posts
I'm having a heck of a time finding the "just right" tuner. I frequently perform (with DJ Hamouris, as "The Dulcimates", so I really need a contact, or clip on tuner (so we don't have to tune one at a time, while the other tries to think of a good joke). I bought an inexpensive one, but it disagrees with DJ's Korb- the best of our several tuners. Anyone have a clip on tuner that they really like and trust?
updated by @john-brownson-aka-buffalo: 02/10/16 08:17:37PM