Price paid: $ 25
Purchased from: Music & Arts Center
Sound — 8
On the tuner mode, you can calibrate it from 430Hz to 449Hz, with 440Hz being the default setting. When the built-in microphone is used, the sound fluctuates a little, but it will still give you a good idea of how your instrument is tuned. However, when the input jack is used, the dial stays fairly constant, telling you exactly how out of tune you are. The metronome mode goes from 40bpm to 216bpm, and it goes up or down by 3 clicks under 72bpm, and 4 clicks above 72bpm. The metronome uses the same display that the tuner mode uses, except the needle moves from side to side, giving you every downbeat. The metronome lets out a stacatto wood block sound with an accent at the beginning of each measure. The built-in speaker is loud enough for practicing at home, and there's a headphone jack in case it isn't. The two LED lights on either side of the screen blink on every downbeat. Finally, the third mode is a tone player. It's got a 4-octave range. The notes sound very artificial, and are really only good for ear training. You can also calibrate the pitch of the note being played from 430Hz to 449Hz.
Overall Impression — 8
I've been playing flute for three years, and guitar for about half a year. I've really found this tuner to be indispensable onstage and off. I really like the tone playing feature; it's helped me a bunch with ear training. However, my one grouch is that the screen isn't backlit, leaving me to depend on the LED lights if I'm tuning in a dimly lit environment. If this was stolen or lost, I'd definitely go buy another one immediately.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This tuner is extremely reliable and durable; I've dropped it on many occasions with absolutely no effect on it. I'd use this on a gig without a backup because a backup tuner isn't really necessary. However, this isn't the best tuner to bring to a gig as the screen is not backlit.
Ease of Use — 8
This tuner/metronome is extremely easy to use. It's got an input and output jack so you can plug an electric guitar into it. There's an in-depth manual that comes with it, but you probably won't need it because all of the buttons are labeled and pretty self-explanatory. There are a total of just five buttons on this tuner, along with a volume knob and mode selector switch. The LCD display uses a thin dial and scale to show the tuning. There are also 2 buttons on either side of the screen, showing you if you are sharp or flat. However, the screen isn't backlit, making this tuner unsuitable for onstage tuning.