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Sonic Research turbo tuner

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by steam-powered, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. steam-powered

    steam-powered Tele-Meister

    Jan 6, 2013
    Until last week I'd never heard of Sonic Research, a company that only makes pedal tuners, so I thought I'd share my experience thus far. On Friday I decided to search online for a "Made in the USA" pedal tuner and found quite a few positive reviews on their Turbo Tuner. The company website didn't inspire confidence but, as a veteran, I try to purchase "made in USA" products whenever possible (and/or economically feasible), and on Saturday placed an order for the full size tuner (ST-300).

    Yesterday afternoon, while checking my email at work, I entered the tracking number and was surprised to see that USPS had it listed as "delivered". I thought it must be an error (it's happened before, listing a package as "delivered" but receiving it the next day) but the package was in my mailbox. First time I received a pedal one business day after ordering!

    Anybody else familiar with this company? The tuner seems well-built, is quick, while the company has minimal internet presence. One would think that every major music store would want to stock a made in USA tuner, right?

  2. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 14, 2013
    I've got one and love it. Shipping was quick, yes.

  3. Galibier_Un

    Galibier_Un Tele-Meister

    Jul 12, 2016
    Big favorite over on TGP. I picked up an older model in about 2010 (before they made stompbox). Reports are that the newer versions (200 & then 300) are even better.

    ... Thom
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2017

  4. gtrguru

    gtrguru Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Apr 29, 2011
    Detroit Metro
    My favorite tuner

  5. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Iowa City, IA
    My favorite, too. I keep coming back to it.

  6. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    My bass player has one. I want one. My Peterson is just too big.

  7. Kelsey

    Kelsey Tele-Holic

    Aug 5, 2003
    Memphis, TN
    My favorite as well -- I own two of them. Fast and accurate. A soft touch switch and a read out that's visible in bright sunlight would be the only improvements I would want.

  8. teleplayr

    teleplayr Tele-Meister

    The only tuner I use.

  9. Just Dropped In

    Just Dropped In TDPRI Member

    Sep 12, 2015
    It may be the most important pedal on my board, lol. I "lol" because tuning by ear is not my forte. Works incredible for intonation as well.

  10. h4ck.b0x7

    h4ck.b0x7 Tele-Holic

    Nov 29, 2011
    United States
    By far my favorite tuner!!

  11. gtrguru

    gtrguru Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Apr 29, 2011
    Detroit Metro
    I still love my Peterson but it was too big. Now it sits on my bench for setups. The TT is much more board friendly.
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  12. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
    I'm on the fence between this one and T.C.
    Ease of half step down and open tuning are upmost.
    I have problems tuning acoustics in loud rooms of instruments playing.
    Would not the turbo suffer the same as most string sencing tuners or not? Vrs resonance sensing?

  13. Radspin

    Radspin Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Mar 7, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    I have an ST-200 bought on the recommendation of several on TDPRI. It's superb. Extremely accurate and gets a guitar in tune without any tweaking of the tuning after you use it to tune up, unlike some other, less accurate tuners. You don't have to get the spinning display to stop completely...when it's barely moving you're fine. Much more accurate than my previous Korg Pitchblack and an EXCELLENT tuner for playing live.

    I haven't tried the newer ST-300.

  14. sclitheroe

    sclitheroe Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    Oct 11, 2013
    Hamilton, Ontario
    It's insanely good for intonation - I was shocked the first time I intonated with the guitar on the bench on its back, and then could visually see the change in intonation when the guitar was oriented vertically.

  15. 410DeVille

    410DeVille Tele-Meister

    May 26, 2012
    I have the ST-300. Best tuner I've ever owned and great for setting intonation also.
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  16. Coop47

    Coop47 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 10, 2009
    I've used a TU-2, a pitchblack and the Polytune previously - all did the job, but the ST-200 does it faster and better than all of them IMO.

  17. steam-powered

    steam-powered Tele-Meister

    Jan 6, 2013
    Same here, adjusting intonation was never so easy!

  18. stratology

    stratology Tele-Meister

    Feb 12, 2007
    ST-200 here, excellent tuner.

  19. Paleolith54

    Paleolith54 Tele-Meister

    Sep 9, 2011
    Aiken SC
    Agree with this and all the other positives, would use nothing other than my ST-200. BUT... advantage not everyone knows of (I only realized it recently, although the info has been out there all along) is that, unlike any other pedal I've ever owned, you do not drain the battery by leaving your instrument cable/patch cable plugged in. The circuit doesn't engage until you actually press the switch, so you can leave it on the board, plugged in, without having to use any outlets from your power brick.

  20. stratology

    stratology Tele-Meister

    Feb 12, 2007
    I'm actually going to retire it, along with all my other pedals, after switching to a Kemper...

    Still, great pedal, very precise tuner, well built...

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