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Apr 27, 2021 - 9:21:25 PM
7115 posts since 2/14/2006

How many of you use tuning forks to tune your banjo?

Apr 28, 2021 - 1:29:35 AM



99 posts since 3/8/2006

In the quiet of my home I always use a tuning fork. A have one that produces a G 392 Hz.

Apr 28, 2021 - 3:16:17 AM
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Bill H


1596 posts since 11/7/2010

There's one somewhere in one of my cases. Now because they are available and convenient, and I can afford to, I have a micro tuner in every case.

Apr 28, 2021 - 4:25:03 AM

1369 posts since 5/19/2018

I can tune to pitch by ear.

I keep a tuning fork in every case A=440. Good to have for reference.

Never used or owned a electronic one.

Apr 28, 2021 - 5:36:03 AM

652 posts since 3/12/2008

I use an A 440 for tap-tuning the head. When the tap sounds a bit flat, I know I’m somewhere G#-ish, and can tweak from there for best results. When changing strings I’ll bring the 1st string up near to A at the 7th fret, then usually let one of the electronic tuners help hone the other strings and the bridge placement. Tuning fork is simply another tool in the box.

Apr 28, 2021 - 7:43:27 AM

2129 posts since 2/12/2009

I can tune a guitar to pitch by ear provided it does not have totally weird string gauges (the feel can sometimes throw me ) banjo I can get pretty darn close but because I mostly play with others I too carry a tuner in all of my cases and, yes I sometimes use my trusty old tuning fork too or a harmonica !

Apr 28, 2021 - 12:36:16 PM
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4285 posts since 6/15/2005

I kept a tuning fork in my case for decades and used it all the time before clip-on tuners became widely available. I would strike it against my forehead and then match the note.

Probably explains a lot.

Apr 28, 2021 - 1:58:34 PM

2483 posts since 4/5/2006

I have an A440 tuning fork , I think buried in a small tool box along with a lot of other banjo paraphernalia. It got phased out by an electronic tuner when playing in noisy environments. I now have small discreet electronic tuners on both banjos & guitar.

Edited by - monstertone on 04/28/2021 14:00:04

May 2, 2021 - 9:52:07 PM



780 posts since 8/28/2011

I only use a tuning fork. but here's what happens...i tune to the fork. i tune the rest to that string. i go play with my band. guitar player tunes to some tuner.. the mandolin does the same, as the bass. ten minutes later, a string goes out. somebody tunes all strings to the wrong string, and dont use a tuner. then everyone tunes to them. 30 minutes it sounds like crap. and then they put a capo on and use a tuner. and then we go to G , everybody is out again. im going to buy everyone the same brand tuning fork.

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