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In The Days Of Yore, Before Electronic Tuners...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by CCK1, May 1, 2021.

  1. CCK1

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    Anyone here old enough to remember when we had no electronic tuners? Many bands I played in had no keyboard, organ, piano, etc for reference, so it could be a 10-30 minute ordeal to get everyone tuned. I still have dreams where I'm telling the bass player "Gimme a low E":)! This was our first electronic, a Peterson T-100, bought from Rhythm City in Atlanta about 1977. It was a real game changer, best thing ever as far as I could tell. I still have it, and it still works.

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    We would tune to the jukebox.
     
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    I never used a tuner on stage until I got a snark in the 2010's. One more pedal in a chain to fail or have a bad cable that has to be sussed out. Was called unprofessional a few times by non-professionals, oh well. I was called unprofessional for using my guitar case on stage to put my guitar in instead of a guitar stand but I'm not the guy with the broken headstock either. I didn't get into music to give a crap what anyone else thought. It's great.
     
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    Played in a band with sax player
    Tuning was horrific
    Then we got an electric tuner bliss
    We were a punk band so I guess playing in tune made us a bit less punk but we definitely sounded better :lol:
     
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    Haha.....I still have mine.

    I can't remember how much it was but I tend to think it was 99$....or very close to that.
    It's in a crate down here in my rabbit hole.
    Every time I stumble on I go back in time....like 45 years!.
    No....I haven't used it a loooong time but it still works.

    Have a great weekend everyone....
     
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    I can get one close without a tuner but my hearing is real bad these days. First band I was in as a kid one of the guitar players doubled on trumpet on some of the R&B tunes we played. We would tune to his horn. When we added an organ to the band we tuned to it. I use a Snark tuner now, but I do not keep clipped on the guitar during a set. Down in my music room I still have my old Conn strobe tuner that I used for years. One of the last times I used it on a gig I had a young guy ask me what kind of gadget was sitting on top of my amp, he'd never seen a Conn tuner.
     
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    our band tuned to the church piano which was out of tune. we sounded great.
     
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    ... tune?
     
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    *looks at Bass player* "Gimme an A..."
     
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    Wasn’t the dial tone on the phone 440 A?
     
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    I had a little A tuning fork I used for years.
     
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    I still have my first tuner from the late 70’s, a Korg (approx. 6” x 4” x 1.5”) with a big dial in the center to manually change strings and a meter to check tune. No options for tuning a step up or down (except watching the meter) but it was really a lifesaver with my first band.

    No more tuning songs...
     
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    Played in a brass band at school. Much more limited scope for tuning adjustments, so first we had to find the instrument that was already at the limits of its tuning range, before everyone else tuned to it...
     
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    I've had this since 1985 - still use it for quick checks.

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    I still have my 'A' 440 tuning fork from 46 years ago, bought for my first guitar, a Nagoya N-28, Martin D-28 copy.
    It's in the case pocket, with a real Martin now.

    ( miss that N-28 all laminate, but beautiful rosewood, and nice tone, but the bridge and belly came up in the mid '80's, and not playable)
     
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    This. Still do that when my clip on is out of batteries. Open E isn't as audible and clear for tuning so it was always a request for open A from the bassist.

    Forgot all about those! They work great except I detune a half step for gigging. I noticed they sell a chromatic version. I think I'm going to grab one this weekend for an old school backup. No batteries no digital chips to fail!
     
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    In the 70s in the UK at home I used to dial my own number to get the engaged (busy) tone which was more or less a G. Away from home it was guesswork and negotiation.
     
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    Wow, I had forgotten about tuning with a horn player in the band. Probably because I was traumatized by the experience:). A slightly off tune saxophone is one of the most ear shattering things on the planet. I still don't completely understand how the damn things work.
     
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    A few years ago I was at a friendly/ home bluegrass jam, and I just casually said to everyone in the room ( we all mostly knew each other),

    "Lets everybody check our tuning..."

    I did not know the banjo player ( good guy, Rob), deadpan says:

    " Well, we generally check our tuning when we're done"
     
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    My tinnitus is tuned to high A.
     
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