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Where Purchased: Andersons UK
The StroboClip tuner from Peterson is incredibly accurate, functional and attractive. It does has its oversights and frustrating points though.
The Banjo specific Sweetened tuning is fantastic, my banjo's have never sounded so in tune, Very genuinely the sweetened tuning makes an unbelievable difference, the instrument sounds NOTICEABLY better when tuned with the StroboClip with sweetened tuning activated.
However there is a down side to this from a banjo pickers point of view. The sweetened tuning seems to be centred around standard G tuning and the tuner becomes...................Difficult / tempremental when you try to tune into D or C with the banjo specific Sweetener turned on. This problem is easily rectified by switching the tuner to Standard chromatic mode, which is fine but does take some fiddling as you need to press a mode button a few times to select the sweetener mode and then scroll through 20 or more sweetened tunings for various different instruments before you get to the chromatic mode.
It is far too time consuming and tricky to consider toggling the sweetened tuning mode on and off during a live performance situation. It is also a crying shame to loose the fantastic effect which the sweetened tuning makes to your sound - the noticeably better sound is nullified completely in this situation............Frustrating from a live playing perspective. Studio..........Ok, I can live with it.
Even in Chromatic mode though the tuner is supremely accurate, easy to use and the realtime effect that playing a note has on the tuners read out is truly staggering.
Structurally; the casing of the tuner itself is made from metal (Aluminium I think) and is solid, the buttons of the tuner are soft rubber and feel like they will last. The clip of the tuner and its articulated joints, are made of plastic and feel a touch cheap, incidentally the articulated joints are not as good (useful) as the SNARK's. The Jaws of the clip are soft lined (better than the ones found on the Snark) and will not damage your instrument.
The Stroboclip comes supplied in a nice tin box with soft, shaped interior to accept the Stroboclip tuner and to keep one spare battery inside, this case is a really nice touch and considering the price of this tuner (I paid £60 where a Snark is £20) a welcome addition. Sadly this is one area where I have a real gripe with the designers of the Tuner. This nice little box will not fit into the pick boxes of any of my instrument cases!!!!!!!! I have Calton, TKS and Prucha banjo cases Hiscox electric and Martin acoustic guitar cases along with several other miscellaneous instrument cases. It fits in none of them. To me this is a real frustration and a point where I feel that Peterson have really let themselves down, surely more thought should have been applied. Clip on tuners are made for acoustic musicians.
Come on Peterson.......Where do acoustic musicians keep their tuners?????!!!!!
AMENDMENT ----- I posted this review the same week I recieved the tuner, The clip on this tuner broke off completely yesterday. VERY poor.
Overall Rating: 2
Where Purchased: Amazon.com
Easy to use, view and adjust. Very accurate. I don't get good vibrations in the headstock of my MB-200, so I removed the clip (just a screw and nut) and secured the tuner to the brackets of the pot. Pretty as a nickel plated sissy pistol.
Overall Rating: 10
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