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Jul 28, 2021 - 2:48:30 PM

LLAND

USA

1 posts since 5/9/2017

Best tuner for a 5 string?

Jul 28, 2021 - 3:02:54 PM
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25 posts since 12/2/2020

applications on your phone has been proven to be more accurate, a 20$ tuner has a very cheap mic in it unlike modern day cell phones with much higher end electronics and microphones, infact even a 20$ phone would probably outperform a 20$ tuner because large phone corporations buy in such large volume you get more for less, even if most of that cost is allocated to other aspects they can do more for less.

tuners are getting pretty useless in comparisons, some are nice that double as a drum machine or metronome just the tactile use of such, but honestly a 3$ phone app can do that better for you as well. some of those direct line in recording devices have a really decent mic though like the zoom or tascam products, those can record in a really professional way far away and dynamic sounds that vastly outshine cell phones and would be worth it, i remember one company had one of those portable recording devices with tuner and metronome drum machine all in one for a few hundred. thats the only device that would give you something you don't already have likely. but cheap tuners i see no reason for anyone to ever buy anymore. save and buy really good things that you'll hang on to for years to come and don't easily become outdated.

Jul 28, 2021 - 3:22:52 PM
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11670 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by 5thstring_retainer

applications on your phone has been proven to be more accurate, 


I really like Colby's answer except for tuning on stage. For that, you really want something that makes contact with the instrument and is easy to see on stage by the performer.

There is no "best", only those that some people find work better for them.

I, for example, cannot stand tuners that clamp onto pegheads. This is my favorite banjo tuner for stage. Though no better or worse than others, I like how it mounts.

D'Addario Planet Waves Micro Banjo Tuner

 

Jul 28, 2021 - 3:33:11 PM

21 posts since 6/11/2021

Snark made a similar mount for its tuner that you hook onto the Jay Hooks if you want something that sits on the pot.

but yeah both previous points are right. Tuners have their place but its getting smaller with things like apps on your phone and they're all very much of a muchness really. I dont think you can really go wrong.

Personally i use an app on my phone called gstrings because i like the interface and its free but i might go back to a dedicated tuner if i start playing with people again.

Jul 28, 2021 - 4:08:43 PM

hbick2

USA

419 posts since 6/26/2004

I like the D'Addario banjo tuner but the one I think that works best on a banjo is the TC Electronic UniTuner. It is the easiest to read and doesn't bounce all over the place like some of them. It is a clip on, but I usually keep it in my pocket and clip it on to a bracket to tune when I'm playing a show. Here it is at Sweetwater:

sweetwater.com/store/detail/Un...tic-tuner

Jul 28, 2021 - 5:05:40 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by mikehalloran

I, for example, cannot stand tuners that clamp onto pegheads. This is my favorite banjo tuner for stage. Though no better or worse than others, I like how it mounts.

D'Addario Planet Waves Micro Banjo Tuner


I like how it mounts, too. But I'm getting only so-so performance from mine. Maybe I don't have it mounted well. The legs or wings press back against the hooks, but only one presses down on the tone ring or rim. At least I think it does. Do you know where the vibration transfer happens?  I've only tried it on my 70s RB-250. I suppose I should see if it does a better job reading another banjo.

I had one of those hook mounts for Snark, but I broke it. Wanted to buy a metal one, but Steve Gill stopped making them.

The ball socket on my Snark broke and now it flops around. I've read they can be super-glued in place. Won't be adjustable after that, but it will tune.

Jul 28, 2021 - 6:07:25 PM

105 posts since 7/26/2020

I like to use the Peterson Strobo clip HD tuner. They are definitely expensive, but I love that tuner.

I had several others and now I exclusively use the Strobo tuner.

They do take some getting used to but it’s worth it!

I think it truly comes down to how accurate you want your tuning to be. From what I understand the Strobo is extremely accurate. However, the above mentioned tuners will work just fine.

Edited by - RoCopickin20 on 07/28/2021 18:10:13

Jul 28, 2021 - 7:13:28 PM
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905 posts since 3/23/2006

I use a Peterson HD clip, too. (Birthday gift!) But I wonder if it's better or worse than the Peterson app on the phone? I'm going to compare them. Of course the clip uses piezo so no chance of confusion in a noisy environment or awkward on a stage.

Jul 28, 2021 - 7:16:08 PM

12121 posts since 6/2/2008
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Originally posted by Rebecca With a P H

Snark made a similar mount for its tuner that you hook onto the Jay Hooks if you want something that sits on the pot.


I don't think Snark actually makes it. I forget the original source.

Banjo Ben, Stew-Mac, Elderly and Banjoteacher.com sell it. Maybe others.

Edited by - Old Hickory on 07/28/2021 19:19:33

Jul 29, 2021 - 11:13:55 AM

LukeL

USA

101 posts since 9/14/2017

I’m using a Snark with the above mount on mine just for convenience- but I also have the Peterson HD and it’s more sensitive and accurate. The Snark is not bad at all though.

Jul 29, 2021 - 11:31:38 AM
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65 posts since 12/12/2019

I use a snark as well. Works pretty good. I used the cell phone app as well but the less I putz with a phone the happier I am.

Aug 7, 2021 - 9:05:01 AM

189 posts since 9/7/2014

I use a Boss clip on tuner. Fewer moving parts than other clip on tuners, so less likely to break. Also, it is much more sensitive than a Snark, which is the other reason I like it so much. Seems like a Snark gets you in range of being in tune but the Boss gets you right on the money without the bigger price tag of a strobe tuner.
 

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/TU10BK--boss-tu-10-clip-on-chromatic-tuner-black

Aug 8, 2021 - 10:07:13 AM
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picker5

Canada

151 posts since 9/4/2011

I used to use the Snark, with the little adapter ( both pictured above) to clamp it on the pot, but found it awkward when putting it in the case, and then both fell off the banjo somehow at a festival, and were lost .... or someone got a free tuner. Now I use the little Planet Waves tuner, also pictured above, and it's more solidly attached, and more ' out of the way'. FWIW.

Aug 8, 2021 - 1:00:17 PM
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Owen

Canada

9335 posts since 6/5/2011
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An app on my phone?? 

Blue Donuts BD-014WHT-Big Button Phone for wall or desk with Speaker and  Memory 82045980585 | eBay

What will they think of next?

Aug 8, 2021 - 1:46:09 PM

BobbyE

USA

2905 posts since 11/29/2007

I like my Snark but just noticed the swivel point for it is starting to crack and we know where this will end. Guess I will just use the 'mike,' adapter for it. Aarrggh..

Bobby

Aug 9, 2021 - 7:28:59 PM

189 posts since 9/7/2014

quote:
Originally posted by BobbyE

I like my Snark but just noticed the swivel point for it is starting to crack and we know where this will end. Guess I will just use the 'mike,' adapter for it. Aarrggh..

Bobby


Fewer moving parts = less likely to break


Aug 10, 2021 - 8:58:16 AM

BobbyE

USA

2905 posts since 11/29/2007

>>or epoxy it in place while still no broken off<<

Applied super glue to it yesterday after getting it positioned for reading. Now just have to remember not to reach up and swivel it around.

Bobby

Aug 10, 2021 - 9:37:02 AM

thomgus

USA

29 posts since 4/29/2012

The Snark tuner mount can be found here at the inventors site: jtspix.com/snark-banjo-mount.html
I also love his Celcon flat picks for guitar.

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