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lfoo6952
05-11-2016, 03:07 PM
Hi Folks:

A new tuner just came out. They claim to be suitable for ukuleles. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with them?

Here is the link to their website: http://planetwaves.com/pwProductDetail.Page?ActiveID=4115&productid=1073&productname=NS_Micro_Soundhole_Tuner&pick-daddario=&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=35302089&utm_campaign=PC-Soundhole_Tuner&utm_source=1789019622&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=35442172&utm_campaign=FRETTED-Soundhole_Tuner&utm_source=1789027758

regards
Luke

Camsuke
05-11-2016, 03:30 PM
Here's a video. The only concern I would have is that it may damage or scratch the top of the instrument.


http://youtu.be/4A38QWftqYM

kohanmike
05-11-2016, 08:50 PM
Just ordered one from Chicago Music Exchange for $16. Looking forward to trying it.

blue_knight_usa
05-11-2016, 09:25 PM
Are you going to leave it in there while you play? I am curious how much damper it has on the top. Looking forward to seeing some reviews.

Booli
05-11-2016, 10:03 PM
Hi Folks: A new tuner just came out.


Here's a video...

Thanks for the link and video guys!

DAMMIT, LOL

I thought I was DONE with tuners....ya know, now I gotta get at least ONE of these....DAMMIT

I got tuners coming out of my xxx.

'Tuner Acquisition Syndrome' is REAL folks. :)

Louis0815
05-12-2016, 02:20 AM
I got tuners coming out of my xxx.
Well, then the new ...hole tuner might be exactly right for you :p;)
(sorry, couldn't resist making a really bad joke)

BTT: Considering the soundhole size of ukuleles it might be a bit "fiddly" to operate - but if that doesn't bother you it looks like a good idea

DownUpDave
05-12-2016, 02:37 AM
I can see dropping it into the body of the instrument at least once everytime I put it in place or take it off. Just Murphy's Law. I don't think it would really have much dampening effect, no more then when we anchor a finger in that area while fingerpicking. You don't really get much of the top vibration from the edge of the sound hole because of bracing in that area.

kvehe
05-12-2016, 03:32 AM
Yet another abbreviation - TAS.

Booli
05-12-2016, 03:35 AM
I got tuners coming out of my xxx.


Well, then the new ...hole tuner might be exactly right for you :p;)
(sorry, couldn't resist making a really bad joke)

Thx for the LAUGH - really needed that this morning. Good one!

photoshooter
05-12-2016, 04:31 AM
I have the D'Addario micro headstock tuner and while it works fine and is very stealthy (especially on the underside of the headstock) my tired aging eyes appreciate the good ole Snark :)

spookelele
05-12-2016, 05:08 AM
I got tuners coming out of my xxx.

I'm afraid to ask.... butt....
What do you clip it to?

kohanmike
05-12-2016, 05:14 AM
Are you going to leave it in there while you play?

I think it's made to stay in place, that's what I'm going to do.


I can see dropping it into the body of the instrument at least once everytime I put it in place or take it off. Just Murphy's Law.

See above.


I have the D'Addario micro headstock tuner and while it works fine and is very stealthy (especially on the underside of the headstock) my tired aging eyes appreciate the good ole Snark :)

I have those too, though they can be finicky at times on my bass ukes.

Booli
05-12-2016, 12:37 PM
Yet another abbreviation - TAS.

good one :) - I cited this and gave you credit over here:

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?120417-Newbie-question-about-jargon&p=1849910#post1849910

Ukuleleblues
05-13-2016, 01:46 AM
I have the D'Addario micro headstock tuner and while it works fine and is very stealthy (especially on the underside of the headstock) my tired aging eyes appreciate the good ole Snark :)

Same here, plus we play alot outdoors and a lcd screen is best for that, but might try one of these cause....

lfoo6952
05-13-2016, 02:18 PM
Thanks everyone for your input. I bit the bullet and bought the tuner. It arrived today. I was skeptical if it would have sufficient grip on the soundboard, but it is fine, although not a super-tight grip. It is a lovely little unit. Overall I am happy with it, for only a $19.99 purchase.91117

Nickie
05-13-2016, 02:36 PM
That was hilarious Booli.
I got over TAS they day I got my strobe tuner. Expensive but worth every penny.

Booli
05-13-2016, 09:41 PM
That was hilarious Booli.
I got over TAS they day I got my strobe tuner. Expensive but worth every penny.


Did you get the Peterson clip on strobe tuner? ($79)

I was looking at that one as well as the TC Electronic PolyTune clip (which has a strobe mode as well as can help tune all the strings at the same time)($49)

But I just cant yet bring myself to spend that much on a tuner...

Booli
05-13-2016, 09:47 PM
Thanks everyone for your input. I bit the bullet and bought the tuner. It arrived today. I was skeptical if it would have sufficient grip on the soundboard, but it is fine, although not a super-tight grip. It is a lovely little unit. Overall I am happy with it, for only a $19.99 purchase.91117

Thanks for showing us how it fits on a uke. Looks like you've got it installed on one of the Kala KA-ATP model ukes from the Padauk rosette in the photo.

I just saw that these are $19 on Amazon and $16 on Elderly. If you have Amazon Prime, by the time you factor in the $6.95 shipping on Elderly, it's cheaper to buy from Amazon.

http://smile.amazon.com/DAddario-Micro-Sound-Hole-Tuner/dp/B018K9K034

http://www.elderly.com/planet-waves-by-d-addario-ns-micro-soundhole-tuner.htm

kvehe
05-13-2016, 11:39 PM
Mine is coming from Amazon today; will report this evening.

New info from Amazon - it has been delayed and won't be here until tomorrow. :(

hendulele
05-14-2016, 12:50 AM
My boss (guitar and mandolin player) got one for his "office" guitar and he loves it. He much prefers it to headstock tuners, but the only issue is being careful when removing it so it doesn't fall into the body of the instrument.

I've got several of the D'Addario and a Reverb headstock tuners, so I"m good for now, but this is intriguing. The next time I'm at a music festival where D'Addario has a merch booth I may pick one up.

kvehe
05-15-2016, 04:01 PM
It arrived today. I dropped it into the body of every uke I tried it on, so this is definitely a one-uke tuner. The first one I tried it on was an Islander soprano, and I thought at first it wouldn't fit. Before I generalized to "it won't work on sopranos", I tried it on a Luna soprano pineapple, and it went into place easily. It also worked well on a concert, tenor, baritone, and travel guitar. I like the display, like the convenience of having such a small, unobtrusive tuner (although Snarks on headstocks do not bother me), and may order one or two more.

Booli
05-15-2016, 04:16 PM
It arrived today. I dropped it into the body of every uke I tried it on, so this is definitely a one-uke tuner. The first one I tried it on was an Islander soprano, and I thought at first it wouldn't fit. Before I generalized to "it won't work on sopranos", I tried it on a Luna soprano pineapple, and it went into place easily. It also worked well on a concert, tenor, baritone, and travel guitar. I like the display, like the convenience of having such a small, unobtrusive tuner (although Snarks on headstocks do not bother me), and may order one or two more.

Thanks for the follow-up Kathryn! :)

I already have a half-dozen of the NS Micro tuners that I clip on the headstock and usually leave them on for the ukes that I have in rotation, and it would be quite pricey to upgrade them all to this new one - I might see about making an adapter clip to I can mount one in the soundhole - they are easily removed from the headstock clip so that part is simple but figuring out something that can hang firmly in the soundhole is going to be tricky...

otherwise I'm back to using a pea-sized ball of blue funtak to attach to the side/upper bout area...

kohanmike
05-15-2016, 07:33 PM
Booli, do you have a photo of that? I have a few of the mini tuners that work pretty well for me, but I'm going to try one of these on my new uke.

Booli
05-16-2016, 02:50 AM
Booli, do you have a photo of that? I have a few of the mini tuners that work pretty well for me, but I'm going to try one of these on my new uke.


Sure - but just to be clear, do you need a photo of:

how the tuner comes apart from the clip?
how it can attach to the side with funtak?
or a photo of both?

as far as adapting one of the previous generation of NS Micro tuners to clip in the soundhole, I have not done that yet at all, and it was an idea that I just had when reading this thread and posted it right then,

So I first need to fiddle with some bits and pieces to see if I can make some kind of adapter, which will not damage the uke, and have not had time yet - is it this that you might want a photo of?

Please advise :)

kohanmike
05-16-2016, 07:13 AM
How it attaches. I've tried taking off the clip and figuring out how to secure it to the top, but never could get it. Thanks.

Booli
05-16-2016, 07:58 AM
[video removed]

kohanmike
05-16-2016, 07:01 PM
I guess I wasn't making myself clear. I know how to take off the clip, done it many times as I attempted to find different ways to attach the tuner to my bass ukes, but, I received the soundhole tuner today and discovered that it works in a special way on my custom made Telecaster style bass.

I designed and had that bass made by Bruce Herron of Blue Star Guitar in Michigan (who makes the Konablaster). As I was working on the design, I found a tuner out of China made to insert in the side of an acoustic instrument much like the preamp/tuners. I assumed that would work inserted in the side of a my solid body bass, so I sent it to Bruce and he fit it in the Tele mini bass. Of course it didn't work, not even the slightest move on the readout. Bummer! I removed it, which left a gapping hole in the side of my bass.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Tele bass tuner inserted.jpg

At the 2105 NAMM show I saw a new headstock tuner D'Addario was showing the flipped up to turn on and rotated. I bought three and use them on the headstock of my basses, but one I removed the clip, drilled through it and attached it to the pickguard of the Tele. Worked for a while, but in drilling, I nicked the circuitboard and soon it died.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Tele bass flip tuner.jpg

On a whim, I clipped one of the others in the empty hole of the Tele and it worked, though it sticks out obtrusively.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Tele tuner obtrusive.jpg

But looking at the new soundhole tuner, I thought I would at least try it in the gapping hole on the Tele. I unscrewed and removed the metal clip and hey, it works, except is has a tough time with the low E string, but gets there. So I'm going to reshape the hole to fit the the new tuner and even cut a slot for the clip flange, and hopefully that will help it tune the E better. If it works, I'm might just insert one in each of my solid body basses.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Tele new tuner.jpg

Booli
05-18-2016, 08:22 AM
I guess I wasn't making myself clear. I know how to take off the clip, done it many times as I attempted to find different ways to attach the tuner to my bass ukes...

Ok, apparently not, and it seems that my previous explanations were not seen, as I had said that I DID NOT CREATE THIS YET, so it does NOT EXIST, and sadly because of that, I cannot offer you photos of something that I have yet to imagine and create, see below:


...figuring out something that can hang firmly in the soundhole is going to be tricky...


...as far as adapting one of the previous generation of NS Micro tuners to clip in the soundhole, I have not done that yet at all, and it was an idea that I just had when reading this thread and posted it right then...

So I first need to fiddle with some bits and pieces to see if I can make some kind of adapter, which will not damage the uke, and have not had time yet

Sorry to disappoint you right now. :)

kohanmike
05-18-2016, 11:03 AM
My request was to show the pea-sized ball of blue funtak to attach to the side/upper bout area, which I would like to see, but it looks like I have a solution for myself, by installing the sound hole tuner in the side of the bass.

Booli
05-18-2016, 12:22 PM
My request was to show the pea-sized ball of blue funtak to attach to the side/upper bout area, which I would like to see, but it looks like I have a solution for myself, by installing the sound hole tuner in the side of the bass.

Ok. My bad. I am sorry that *I* misunderstood what you were asking. Please forgive me.

There's really nothing to show.

1. Take apart the tuner from the clip. Then pull off a 1/4" or so length of blue funtak, roll it into a ball that is the size of a large pea as shown below:
http://i.imgur.com/YUvIekx.jpg

2. Then press it ON to the little shaft that is exposed from the bottom of the NS Micro tuner head once you remove it from the clip:
http://i.imgur.com/rw9eXgG.jpg

3.Then find a suitable place on your instrument. I might place my tuner where the neck meets the body, on the upper bout, but on the SIDE where the neck is, such that I can see the display. Then just press it on and wiggle it a little to seat the funtak:
http://i.imgur.com/K3Thovb.jpg


4. Just make sure that you position the face of the tuner head so that the display is easy to read:
http://i.imgur.com/TZBbRNQ.jpg

That's it.

PLEASE let me know if this answers the request on how to do this.

Mahalo - Booli

Booli
05-18-2016, 12:23 PM
One more photo, angled view:

http://i.imgur.com/hpeb7qh.jpg

kohanmike
05-19-2016, 07:01 PM
Got it, thanks very much Booli, I like what you did. I'll have to test where I'll can place it since my straps all go across that location.

Booli
05-20-2016, 05:17 PM
Got it, thanks very much Booli, I like what you did. I'll have to test where I'll can place it since my straps all go across that location.


No problem. Glad to help. Sorry it too so much back-and-forth. :)

Sharpshin
05-27-2017, 07:24 AM
I have two of these soundhole tuners now. I like them. Classy.
I can see the read out better because it is closer to my eye or because it stands out more.
It is unobtrusive and less likely it catch on gig bag when removing the uke. I don't think it effects the sound of the top.
Only downside is you would want one for each uke because you can't switch out easily.

Mivo
05-28-2017, 06:18 AM
I was looking at that one as well as the TC Electronic PolyTune clip (which has a strobe mode as well as can help tune all the strings at the same time)($49)

Tuning all the strings at once only works with a guitar. When used with a uke, it's one string at a time. I think the PolyTune is a little expensive for use with a uke, but after having it for a year I have warmed up to it and use it regularly. It's very accurate.

stevepetergal
05-28-2017, 06:21 AM
Do I want to force the energy of my little soundboard's vibrations to shake that thing, too?
It looks spiffy, but I don't want one.

DownUpDave
05-28-2017, 07:01 AM
Do I want to force the energy of my little soundboard's vibrations to shake that thing, too?
It looks spiffy, but I don't want one.

I have three of them and I really like them, especially on stage. They are always there and ready to use but out of the way.

With a cross brace below and above the sound hole there is not a "wwhole lotta shakin' goin' on". That was my best Elvis impersonation, how'd I do :cool: