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Useless for serious bassists
on 28 June 2012
I'd normally prefer to wait before reviewing a product, but I've fallen in love with this tuner instantly. [NB. please see update below]. I've always been a tune-by-ear musician, as mathematically "correct" tunings don't always sound quite right on real instruments with their subtle harmonics and imperfections. Nevertheless tuners come in handy when you need (or want) to tune in a hurry, when hearing is difficult, or when musicians who are going to play together have to tune up separately. This one has two killer features:
(1) As described, it has a clip pickup, allowing acoustic instruments to be tuned in adverse conditions. There's still a mic for instruments where this isn't appropriate. NB. This is a small device and does not have any socket for direct input.
(2) The display glows red while out of tune, and turns green when you get within a tiny margin. This simple visual feedback hugely reduces the effort required. Colourblind users don't have to worry, as there's still a conventional "needle" display.
Another reviewer mentioned loss of accuracy as the battery runs down. This is *normal* and is caused by voltage drift. The answer is to change the battery! It takes a CR2032 lithium cell of the type used on computer motherboards, which are readily available. The supplied battery isn't pre-fitted so should be fresh. It's slightly fiddly to install but not enough to lose a star at this price.
## Overall an excellent tool and fantastic value. ## - CONSIDER THIS DELETED
UPDATE: I have encountered a serious deficiency. At the time of writing I hadn't used it to tune a bass. I own multiple basses, and none have less than 5 strings. Neither low B (string 5) nor high C (string 0) are recognised in bass mode, and the low B doesn't even register in chromatic mode. Given that 5B is significantly harder to tune by ear than the other strings, this is a very disappointing flaw. I feel I must revise my rating, and can no longer recommend this item.