How many of you use tuning forks to tune your banjo?
In the quiet of my home I always use a tuning fork. A have one that produces a G 392 Hz.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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
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. etc...etc...in 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.