Price paid: $ 79
Purchased from: Local Independent Music Store
Sound — 9
The unit features a true hard by-pass which preserves your signal/tone without deterioration. The mute-bypass is an indispensable option in a Live setting, allowing you to tune silently while still amplified. The tuner calibration range is 435Hz-445Hz, which is very acceptable for the price; for example the Korg DTR-2000 has a 438Hz-455Hz range, but will easily run your over $200.
Overall Impression — 9
From a pure accuracy, reliability, and sturdiness viewpoint, this is a great tuner and is a worthy addition to one's pedal arsenal. I've had the unit for a little under a year, and have grown to prefer strobe mode and it's accuracy is impeccable. The unit has been kicked around on stage, dropped, tossed not so gently in equipment bags too numerous to mention, and still performs and looks like new. Its appetite for batteries is voracious but it something can easily be overcome by going DC. The PW Chromatic Pedal Tuner is the finest tuner I've used; the combination of value and performance can't be beat.
Reliability & Durability — 7
The one bad thing I've noticed with this unit is that it tends to go through batteries very quickly, and it's not just me. The other guitar player and bass player in our band use the PW unit as well and have noticed the same thing. Do yourself a favor and go DC from the get go, if not, be prepared to pop in a fresh battery before every gig because once the battery loses just a bit of juice, the accuracy and stability of the unit goes downhill very quickly.
Ease of Use — 9
The Planet Waves Chromatic Pedal Tuner is a great piece of equipment that works well for those Who like to play in the comfort of their home as well as those Who grind through gigs at the local dives. Featuring both sweep and strobe mode tuning, the tuner is housed in a very rugged metal case and makes on stage tuning a breeze thanks to a well-lit, oversized note name indicator and LED's. 9 volt or DC power adaptable, the unit has 2 DC power jacks allowing easy daisy-chaining of pedals if that's what you require. The accompanying manual is short and to the point, instructions are accompanied with visual guides.