Chromatic Tuner review by Planet Waves

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (2 votes)
Planet Waves: Chromatic Tuner
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Price paid: $ 20.54

Purchased from: Dave Snider's

Sound — 10
This picks up sounds pretty well, even with moderate interference. When at a jam session, I can usually tune over my band members' warm ups using the built-in mic. The tuner also has a 1/4" input jack, so you could use it at a gig when another band is playing.

Overall Impression — 10
If this were lost/stolen I'd go right back, and get a Brand New one. It's so easy to use, and so durable, I don't think there's a better one for the price. I'd look for a guitar/bass version of the same thing, but if there isn't one available, I'd just get the chromatic version again.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I'd most likely depend on it, but probably wouldn't gig with it without a backup. It's very sturdy and well built. The buttons are some sort of rubber, and the case is made of molded plastic. I expect this to last me for some time. This is way sturdier than any other metronomes (The Seiko SAT500 and Korg GA-30) If I was to gig, I'd probably bring along a backup tuner, but I'd still be very surprised if this broke.

Ease of Use — 8
Very easy to use, turn it on, and go right ahead. What they did very well, was have a bracket that can either be used to stand it up on a table, or have it hook onto the soundhole of your guitar. The LED's are very bright, very easy to see in dark environments. Also, instead of a needle, it's a bar that moves across, so it's a lot easier to see in low-light environments. It doesn't always detect the note very fast, sometimes it takes it a second or two, so I'm docking 2 points.

6 comments sorted by best / new / date

    HighwayHawk
    seems like a good addition to the gear of a growing-up musician.But, i'd rather get something like the korg dtr-1000
    HFR
    Whats the point of buying tunner for a pro? Couldnt heshe tune it by ear? :/
    ikarian-pride
    tuner is more precise...especially if the musician has an ear infection or something(but what arethe odds of that?)
    keiron_d
    aaaaah, i do believe that ears are more precise than a lot of tuners. i swear i can hear when one string's out but my tuner says it's perfect. tuners are quicker though.
    Flyby8
    Great thing. But after a year it started to react slower. It took a second, or too.
    Lams
    yeah, i'm sure that you're ears are better than a tuner.i also believe that you can turn water into wine