current opinions on clip on tuners

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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by Charles Mokotoff » Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:02 pm

I may try the polytune.
I have been listening very closely to the few tuners I have...none are any where near as accurate as using ClearTune on my iPhone. I'd hate to drag my phone up on stage, hoping maybe the Polytune is as good and I can be a bit more subtle.

In the old days, I didn't have a tuner, I really like it now, noticed I still have to, or course, do minor tweaks, but get super close using technology.
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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by Andrew Fryer » Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:46 pm

Current opinion?
I use a tuner for mandolin, bass guitar and for guitar strings 1,4,5,6. Guitar strings 2 and 3 I tune by ear, according to each piece's needs.
For the uke I use a C tuning fork on string 3 then I tune the instrument to itself - I tune string 1 fret 3 and string 4 fret 5 to the harmonic on string 3, then I tune string 2 fret 3 to the open string 4. Then I play the C chord 5433 and tweak until it sounds OK.
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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by Contreras » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:25 am

HNLim wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2016 4:44 am
Just make use of your smartphone. There are many free apps to use.
+1

Don't like the look of something hanging off my headstock ... NB Just my opinion, Guys!
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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by googoobaby » Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:36 pm

I've been using my beloved Turbo Tuner with a separate Korg clip-on mike and that's been a breeze for quickly keeping everything in tune.

Recently though, afraid that something could happen to my TT, I bought a Peterson StroboClip HD but I have to give it the thumbs down for not fitting well on a classical headstock. The "pinchers" are under maximum compression just to barely hold on, and even for the short intervals I use it, I'm concerned about my finish. I've gone back to using the Korg clip-on as that just gently attaches.

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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by robin loops » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:41 pm

Contreras wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:25 am
HNLim wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2016 4:44 am
Just make use of your smartphone. There are many free apps to use.
+1

Don't like the look of something hanging off my headstock ... NB Just my opinion, Guys!
Wouldn't a smart phone hanging off your headstock look worse? :lol:

I don't use my smart phone because I worry about it dropping off my knee onto the floor. If I do break a tuner, I'd much rather it be one that cost $30 than a $500 device. I also find that putting my smartphone away when I play keeps it from being a distraction.
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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by soltirefa » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:43 am

I didn't read through this entire thread, so maybe someone already mentioned the Peterson Strobe clip-on tuner.

At first I didn't like using this tuner because unlike most clip-ons that I have used that just have a red or green light to indicate if you're dead on or not, this has a couple of bars that go side to side. To get the note in pitch you get the moving bars to stay idle in the middle, as much as possible.

I like the large clip on this tuner. It's easy to get it on square. My 10-string doesn't respond to my Intellitouch very well, but the Peterson has no problem registering a note immediately. And to my ears this is the most accurate tuner I have used.

Here's a picture.

https://www.petersontuners.com/oldImage ... boClip.jpg

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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by DCGillrich » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:48 am

I think the buzzing is actually the way the tuner sits in the clamp. The small flange on the bottom of the turn slides into the clamp. I think the buzzing is coming from there.

Someone else suggested the buzzing was the buttons.
I also use the D'Addario Micro Clip-on tuner because it is accurate and discrete. Mine also buzzes (especially when sounding the D open string), and I thought I just had a dud until I saw others have the same experience. I am pretty sure it is the buttons. My solution is to tape a small square of transparent sellotape over the buttons and onto the outside face -- you can still see and work the buttons -- buzz is gone, problem solved.

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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by Paul Janssen » Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:40 am

DCGillrich wrote:
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:48 am
I think the buzzing is actually the way the tuner sits in the clamp. The small flange on the bottom of the turn slides into the clamp. I think the buzzing is coming from there.

Someone else suggested the buzzing was the buttons.
I also use the D'Addario Micro Clip-on tuner because it is accurate and discrete. Mine also buzzes (especially when sounding the D open string), and I thought I just had a dud until I saw others have the same experience. I am pretty sure it is the buttons. My solution is to tape a small square of transparent sellotape over the buttons and onto the outside face -- you can still see and work the buttons -- buzz is gone, problem solved.

Cheers... Richard
I've also had the same issue with the buttons buzzing on my D'Addario NS Micro Universal. It came out of the packet buzzing and I found it so bad that I immediately contacted D'Addario to complain. They asked me to send them the serial number and once I did they immediately sent me a replacement no questions asked. The replacement works fine (no sign of buzzing) so I wonder whether they had a manufacturing (or even design) issue with certain batches? With that said, I was very impressed by D'Addario's customer service (the new tuner arrived within two days) and given that the replacement works fine I would say on balance my experience with this Tuner has been positive.

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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by granularus » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:24 pm

The Snark tuners work well. You have to be careful with clip - but you can get them cheaply. They tune well in noisy environments.
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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by slothmoth » Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:45 pm

Sorry to bring this thread back from the dead, but Im hoping to get some input. I need a clip on tuner for noisy environments, one that is more accurate than my snark and specifically has a display that shows how many cents/tenths of cents sharp or flat a given string is. I was going to buy a stroboclip, but the one i saw didnt seem to specify, just spin faster or slower as you neared the "ideal" perfect pitch. My guitar doesnt have really great intonation, but after years of careful tuning i have found the best compromise to sound okay. Usually 3rd string needs to be around 2.5 cents flatter (than what an accurate tuner would say is perfect) open to sound acceptable fretted up the neck, 5th needs to be 1 cent flat, etc. It's different for each string. But when i cant hear well enough, i cant get it how i like.
It's simple to make tuning compromises in a quiet room, but i just can't hear outside on the street (but can hear how out i am when playing).
I'm probably over explaining my question.. I would like a clip on tuner that offers a +/- tenths of a cent from ideal pitch display like many phones apps offer for free. Has anyone found a simple tuner like this? Thanks yall.

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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by larryguitar » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:54 pm

slothmoth wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:45 pm
Sorry to bring this thread back from the dead, but Im hoping to get some input. I need a clip on tuner for noisy environments, one that is more accurate than my snark and specifically has a display that shows how many cents/tenths of cents sharp or flat a given string is. I was going to buy a stroboclip, but the one i saw didnt seem to specify, just spin faster or slower as you neared the "ideal" perfect pitch. My guitar doesnt have really great intonation, but after years of careful tuning i have found the best compromise to sound okay. Usually 3rd string needs to be around 2.5 cents flatter (than what an accurate tuner would say is perfect) open to sound acceptable fretted up the neck, 5th needs to be 1 cent flat, etc. It's different for each string. But when i cant hear well enough, i cant get it how i like.
It's simple to make tuning compromises in a quiet room, but i just can't hear outside on the street (but can hear how out i am when playing).
I'm probably over explaining my question.. I would like a clip on tuner that offers a +/- tenths of a cent from ideal pitch display like many phones apps offer for free. Has anyone found a simple tuner like this? Thanks yall.
The manual for the StroboClip is here:

http://76.12.22.162/media/pdf/StroboCli ... tlines.pdf

Couldn't you program your own custom sweetened tuning to do what you want? I'm not sure exactly how, perhaps it has to be done on the computer and loaded onto the StroboClip.

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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by Christopher Langley » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:59 pm

slothmoth wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:45 pm
.. I would like a clip on tuner that offers a +/- tenths of a cent from ideal pitch display like many phones apps offer for free. Has anyone found a simple tuner like this? Thanks yall.
Snark has a hz model. Yr welcome :)
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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by guitarrista » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:27 pm

slothmoth wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:45 pm
My guitar doesnt have really great intonation, but after years of careful tuning i have found the best compromise to sound okay. Usually 3rd string needs to be around 2.5 cents flatter (than what an accurate tuner would say is perfect) open to sound acceptable fretted up the neck, 5th needs to be 1 cent flat, etc. It's different for each string.

You can do this with StroboClipHD by creating a new, customized, tuning which is exactly the way you like it - with 3rd string 2.5 cents flatter, etc. You can in fact make custom tunings adjusting in steps of 0.1 cent. Once you have this custom tuning created and saved, you choose it and when you tune your guitar, it will stop the stroboscope when it is in tune for each string according to that customized tuning scheme.

Since the StroboclipHD manual does not mention how to do this (Peterson assumes you have knowledge about their other products), I will write out what you have to do for a one-time setup to be able to create many customized tuning in any way you want (as well as update firmware and use other tools from the Peterson website).

1. You will need, after buying your StroboclipHD tuner, to create a free account and register you tuner on the Peterson website.
2. Using Google Chrome web browser, go to https://www.petersontuners.com/connect/ and download and install the "Peterson Connect" add-in for Chrome.
3. Make sure you have a USB cable where one end can connect to your computer and the other end is a micro-USB end so it can connect to your tuner's micro-USB port.
4. Connect the tuner to your computer, with the Chrome browser pointing at https://www.petersontuners.com/connect/, and turn on the tuner. (you have previously logged-on into your account).
5. Confirm the tuner it will recognise (if that comes up), and then you should be able to see this:

peterson_connect.JPG

6. (your firmware will be automatically updated if it is not the latest version)
7. Once all this is done, you can click on "Design Custom Sweeteners" and add your custom tuning. The Add-on saves in to your tuner.

All this and more, in detail, is described and demonstrated in this video:

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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by Ziyad H. » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:30 pm

Currently i have the Yamaha YTC5 clip on tuner. Never seem to let me down👌

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Re: current opinions on clip on tuners

Post by Rainbow » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:06 am

I have a tuning fork taped to the headstock of my guitar but it does have a tendency to fall off at the most in opportune times!

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