Time For A New Clip-On Tuner Thread (last one was in 2015)

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  1. Toast

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    What are your preferences in clip-on tuner models these days? If you have some experience with them, let us know what you like or dislike about yours.

    Maybe include info on:

    Battery Type
    Durability
    Display Readability
    Longevity
    Tuning Accuracy
    Clip clippiness or lack thereof
    Affordability
    Anything else worth knowing about. Thanks.
     
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    The model I have on every one of my guitars and basses, is the D'Addario Mini. It's accurate, easy to read onstage, and hides unobtrusively BEHIND the headstock. I usually put an itsy-bitsy screw through the "clamp" part so it never shakes off. The battery seems to last forever. 043.JPG
     
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    Update your search engine,
    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/which-clip-on-tuner.957418/
    This thread was 5 months ago.
    I like Snarks, son of Snark a little less.
    But I am just an everyday tuner, not a cork sniffing tuner.
    The only failures I have had with Snarks tuners, are the 2 my dog ate, or was it 3?
     
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  4. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    Monoprice. Works great. Pluses: rechargeable (via usb) battery. That's right, rechargeable battery. Oh yeah, and cents count, if that matters to you. $11, usually with free shipping. Providing Amazon link since MP site down for maintenance.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L6TNYTH/?tag=tdpri-20
     
  5. Toast

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    I read your review in the 2015 thread, but your picture doesn't show the display. I looked it up on Amazon. I might pick that one up. It's affordable. 64% 5 star reviews, but it's only $11 so I'm leaning toward getting one. I'm going to keep watching this thread and see what else pops up.
     
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    I used the TDPRI search function which was probably my mistake :).
     
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    I agree 100% with NoJazzHere - I have several of those little mini d'Addario tuners, also mounted on the back of the head as in his picture.

    I also have a very nice Polytone clip-on tuner that I have been told is very accurate; and the screen design is easily readable. I find that it works very well for sensitive work like adjusting intonation. I even clip it on the body of my pedal-steel guitar when I am adjusting those pedals and levers.
     
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    I really like the little DAddario ones like NoJazz shows. I have the soundhole versions in all of my acoustics. They sometimes have trouble grabbing low E if the battery is getting weak. Battery life could be better.

    For quick grab, cheap, easy to read, dependable, hard to beat a Snark. I always have one handy for guitars that don't have a D'Adderio already on them. They are accurate enough for quick tuning, but lack the precision for fine tuning like doing intonation.

    I have a UniTune, which is nice, very accurate and precise, but it goes through batteries like crazy.

    I also have a Peterson clip-on strobe tuner which I don't like at all, and use it only to confirm the accuracy of the tuners I like to use.

    For intonation and fine tuning I use Android app PitchLab Pro.
     
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    I really like the USB charger. I hate having to buy batteries. So I might go for that. How long have you had yours?
     
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    I keep a couple Snark tuners lying around handy, but not too handy. Whenever one comes to the surface, I use it to check whichever guitar I'm playing. Between times I keep them tuned by ear, using the 5th-fret comparison method from my old chord book.

    If it's been long enough since I used the tuner, the whole guitar is likely to be a quarter-step or so low.

    My friend Harry--RIP--used to hand me a tuner whenever we sat down to play together. That comes to my mind every time I use my Snarks.
     
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    I'll check that out because I need one for fine tuning as well, but I'm putting off buying an ultra accurate strobe tuner for now.
     
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    One of the reasons I want a clip-on is so I can take it to the acoustic room at GC and tune up their acoustics. They usually have them tuned somewhat, but I always seem to find the ones that aren't tuned. A guitar that's out of tune makes it impossible for me to evaluate it.
     
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    I'm lazy about keeping my guitars in tune. My current tuner is kind of clunky so I don't use it as much as I should. I worry about my ear getting thrown off if I keep playing my guitars slightly out of tune. Thus, the need for the clip-on.
     
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    After a couple iterations of Snarks, I've been trying out a TC Electronic Polytune. While I don't care for the polyphonic function, I do like the standard chromatic and "strobe" modes. It's low profile and so far seems stable & accurate.

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    Still liking my Korg Sledgehammer. Caveat is that my wife didn't like it on her bass, so I swapped for it with my cheapo Fender tuner. Both work fine, but I can get more accurate and faster under any kind of light better with the Korg.
     
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    Sweetwater has the UniTune, which is cheaper but same internals, functions less the polyphonic feature. My choice. I have three.
     
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    For that I use the son of Snark which is pretty much the same as the d’addario in the picture of the second post, size wise, easy to put in your shirt pocket
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    The Peterson clip-on is hands down the best I've used and I thought that the last black Snark would be hard to beat. The Peterson latches on quickly and is very easy to see when you're spot on.
     
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