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AC Baltimore
05-19-2010, 04:02 PM
Opinions of tuners seem to be very subjective, much like everything else. I like this one: http://cgi.ebay.com/Clip-Tuner-Metronome-Tone-Generator-Ukulele-Guitar-/320428042093?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4a9affe76d (no affiliation). It is affordable, feature rich and on point. What are you guys using?

Also I was wondering... what if any real benefit is there to using a tuner with uke mode? I have one but I am not sure if the uke mode is a gimmick or really serves a purpose.

Uke Gently Weeps
05-19-2010, 04:09 PM
I use the chromatic tuner app on my iphone with my uke since it's always with me. It's actually pretty accurate. For my bass and guitar I use a Boss Chromatic tuner (about $80) I don't like the clip on models.

jordan bello
05-19-2010, 04:23 PM
I have an intellitouch PT10 (http://www.tuners.com/pt10.asp) and an intelli IMT-500 (http://www.amazon.com/Intelli-IMT500-Chromatic-Digital-Strings/dp/B002Q0WSO8).

The changing colors on the PT10 works well with my guitars, but it doesn't like my uke. I get better results with the intelli IMT-500 on my uke.

janeray1940
05-19-2010, 04:36 PM
I've been pretty happy with the gStrings tuner app on my Android phone when I'm out and about. At home I usually use AP Tuner, a free app found here: http://www.aptuner.com/cgi-bin/aptuner/apmain.html

sukie
05-19-2010, 05:19 PM
I have an intellitouch PT10 (http://www.tuners.com/pt10.asp) and an intelli IMT-500 (http://www.amazon.com/Intelli-IMT500-Chromatic-Digital-Strings/dp/B002Q0WSO8).

The changing colors on the PT10 works well with my guitars, but it doesn't like my uke. I get better results with the intelli IMT-500 on my uke.

I don't play anything but the uke, but I agree with you completely. It's way easier with the IMT-500. But then I also wonder if I'm getting a "better tune" with the other one.

haole
05-19-2010, 05:24 PM
I have the Intelli 500 too. Works fine for me. I've tested it along with a much more expensive Korg tuner, and it's good enough!

ceviche
05-19-2010, 06:04 PM
I have the Intelli 500 too. Works fine for me. I've tested it along with a much more expensive Korg tuner, and it's good enough!

Interesting point comparison. I have the Korg AW-2 and find it to be extremely accurate. Meanwhile, I have a friend who uses the Intelli IMT-500. I've borrowed it a few times for comparison purpose and was pleased for one main reason. When you're tuning up, the indicator needle moves in a smooth and steady manner. It doesn't bounce around as much as my Korg's indicator. I can't tell if that's a excessive sensitivity issue or nothing more than spazziness. However, when it comes down to flat-out accuracy, the jury is still out for me. They both seem to do a pretty good job in the end.

By the way, about a month ago, I came across some reviews on a bunch of digital tuners. The top two in accuracy among the clip-ons were the Korg AW-2 and the Intelli IMT-500. I'd suggest going with the one you can best afford. Oh, the Korg is only slightly less bulky and the internal light will turn itself off after a while.

--Dave E.

AC Baltimore
05-19-2010, 08:25 PM
Lots of great input, thanx folks.

Another thing I have noticed through the years, whenever I get a new tuner... I always have to develop a feel for it. If that makes any sense.

experimentjon
05-19-2010, 09:01 PM
I don't really care too much about tuners. I just want it more in tune than I could get it by ear. So I have a few Intelli IMT-500s. They're cheap, they work well, and I like them. Haven't really thought of buying any new ones since these haven't failed me yet.

luvdat
05-19-2010, 09:20 PM
I got the Planet Wave Head Stock for ukes and love it. I can also clip it on my belt loop when I have to...compact.

happyslappysoong
05-19-2010, 09:51 PM
Gots my trusty Ko'olau Oahu clip on, this thing is dead smooth!

http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&oi=spellmeleon_result&ct=result&cd=2&ved=0CBgQhgIwAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2FKoolau-OAHU-Clip-Tuner-ukulele-guitar-mando-%2F370372508192&ei=Vun0S_P8FMyOkQWBrPzFCA&usg=AFQjCNFY9XOwVhZKXi3O4iphEgg-dSc1xg&sig2=TejofleJT3R6wBPv5V3TZQ

AC Baltimore
05-19-2010, 10:00 PM
A lot of talk about the IMT-500, guess I have to order one and see what all of the fuss is about :-)

Waterguy
05-20-2010, 12:32 AM
I just picked up one of these http://www.kalaukulele.com/Kala_Shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=44 At the NY Uke Fest. The tuner is really small which is nice when you are keeping it inside a compartment in a uke case. The thing I like best though is that the display black on a white background till the instrument is in tune, so it's a lot easier to see in bright conditions. I also like the fact that it shows the note really large cause my eyes are not what they used to be.

SailQwest
05-20-2010, 01:46 AM
I've purchased a variety of tuners. I have a habit of giving them to friends that I jam with, and we like to keep one with each of our ukes. We always use the chromatic mode.

All of the tuners we've tried have worked well. Clip-on tuners are definitely my favorite, being the smallest and least sensitive to ambient noise. The ones with my "go-to" ukes are FZone FT-800 and Intelli IMT-500. We also keep an Eno ET-3000 in the cockpit, just in case.

csibona
05-20-2010, 05:11 AM
I have the Intelli 500 too. Tuning by ear is so not my thing (although I'm sure it is a good skill)

nscafe
05-20-2010, 05:38 AM
Apparently I have the IMT-500 as well. I thought it had a different brand name on it, but the google results are identical to my tuner. Works great on my Fluke.

lozarkman
05-20-2010, 06:16 AM
I recently, a month ago, purchased a Kala O2 clip on tuner, and think it is great. It is compact, clip on, easy to read, and seems to be very accurate. I have my piano tuned twice a year, and I have checked it against it, and it is dead on accurate. It was $20, and I am very satisfied with it. I am sure there are better, more accurate? tuners at higher prices, but for $20 this seems to a good buy. It also tunes to (C) Tenor, (D) Baritone, or Chromatic, which is a plus. Happy strumming and picking! Lozark

penster
05-20-2010, 06:22 AM
Am I the only one who uses pitchpipes?
Penster

AC Baltimore
05-20-2010, 07:20 AM
Am I the only one who uses pitchpipes?
Penster

Apparently lol.

mds725
05-20-2010, 12:46 PM
I also use a Kala KC-02 tuner. As lozarkman said, it's designed for ukuleles (it compes with C and D tuning options) and the screen turns green to indicate that the string is in tune, so it's easy to use. I believe it's accurate, but I haven't compared it with other tuners.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-ITEM-KALA-BRAND-KC-02-CLIP-TUNER-Ukulele-/370382946788?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item563c8b41e4

StereoJoker
05-20-2010, 01:13 PM
At first, I used the Yamaha YT-150 that came with my first guitar (purchased about a decade ago), and it served me well for all my string instruments (for the uke, I switched to bass mode to tune the C string). When I lost it a couple months ago, I needed a tuner and immediately got an Intelli IMT-500. Turns out my YT-150 wasn't really lost; it was flat against the storage compartment in the case and blended so well with the plush that I thought it was empty every time I checked it when I was looking for it :oops:. I tested both my tuners against each other, and it turns out they're both pretty accurate. I just use my Intelli a lot more because it's easier to tune more accurately in situations where there's a lot of background noise (parties, pubs, etc.).

The IMT-500 is pretty good for the price. Amazon's having a sale on the IMT-900, which is the same as the IMT-500 except it has an additional transposing feature. It might be good to nab that deal, since they're selling it for 62% off, making it around the same price as they're selling the IMT-500 right now.

IMT-500 (http://www.amazon.com/Intelli-IMT500-Chromatic-Digital-Strings/dp/B002Q0WSO8/ref=pd_cp_MI_2)
IMT-900 (http://www.amazon.com/Intelli-IMT-900-Chromatic-Clip-Tranposing/dp/B0007M424Q/ref=pd_cp_MI_1)

bbycrts
05-20-2010, 06:50 PM
Another shout out for the Planet Waves - I have a Pono tuner as well that I think is the IMT-500, but the Planet Waves is really compact and it seems to zero in on tuning faster than the Pono - I keep it in the case with the uke I travel with, but honestly, I'm thinking about ditching the Pono and getting another Planet Waves for my stay-at-home uke, too.

Planet Waves Tuner (http://store.daddario.com/category/152540/Headstock_Tuner)

zhuke
05-21-2010, 03:58 AM
Aloha. I'm using perfectpitch software on my palm pilot.

ichadwick
05-21-2010, 04:05 AM
I was using a Korg clip-on chromatic and a ukulele-only clip-on I bought on eBay previously. Yesterday I picked up a small Profile clip-on (PT-2900). It has settings for chromatic, guitar, bass, violin and ukulele. The uke setting seems to be low-G only, but high-G is easily taken care of using the chromatic setting. Small, light and a head that swivels in almost every direction. I like it. Cost about $18 Canadian.

jordan bello
05-21-2010, 05:01 AM
I've seen several companies selling the identical tuner. Maybe they all buy it from one company and rebrand it or buy parts and put it together under their brand. I've seen:
--tune techhttp://www.zozomusic.com/musicstore/pc/Tune-Tech-TT-501-Clip-On-Chromatic-Tuner-141p815.htm
--F-zonehttp://www.fzonetechnology.com/product_view.asp?id=11
--Intellihttp://www.amazon.com/Intelli-Chromatic-Keychain-Instrument-Store/dp/B002V6ZY4I/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=musical-instruments&qid=1274453958&sr=1-5
--Oasishttp://www.amazon.com/Clip-On-Chromatic-Guitar-Tuner/dp/B00376WE2Q/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&s=musical-instruments&qid=1274453958&sr=1-20

CDon
05-21-2010, 07:35 AM
So how many tuner factories do you suppose are in China?...

KevinV
05-21-2010, 12:55 PM
I've got a couple Kala KC-02's and really like them. I keep one on my uke at work and the other goes with me when I'm home and out. I've also started using it for guitar with the chromatic feature...works great there too. I like having the C and D uke tunings because it lets you zero in quickly on the 4 tones you're looking for. My pocket is in D and the rest are in C.

cheepguy
06-23-2010, 09:58 AM
So how many tuner factories do you suppose are in China?...

Here is a start:
http://www.chinasuppliers.globalsources.com/china-suppliers/Guitar-Tuner.htm
I'm sure there is a lot more than just on this page.

70sSanO
06-23-2010, 10:12 AM
I have an IMT-500 that is a few years old.

Picked up a couple of IMT-600's on Amazon for around $17 each.

The 600s are silver, which I don't care for, but they work a little better than the 500.

John

farmerboy
06-23-2010, 10:33 AM
I have a clip-on tanglewood tuner and it can click between chromatic, bass and guitar. Since I play all three it's absolutely brilliant - bright screen, VU style dial and the whole screen changes colour when you get it right. Cheap too!

jordan bello
06-23-2010, 12:40 PM
Don't buy a Tune Tech TT-1 "one touch" tuner if you're using it for the uke. Doesn't work.

However, if you're using it for a guitar, then it is great.

70sSanO
06-23-2010, 03:39 PM
farmerboy,

How well does the Tanglewood work on a bass? Most clip-ons I've tried have problems with the low frequencies.

It looks like the part number is TCT-1. But I don't see it available in the US.

Thanks!

John

Pondoro
06-23-2010, 03:51 PM
I just got a clip on tuner because the microphone-based tuners do not work in a moving car. The clip on worked beautifully on a recent trip. (When my wife drives I play the uke).

sparktone
06-23-2010, 06:42 PM
Intellitouch PT-2. I use it on my guitar, bass and uke.

farmerboy
06-23-2010, 08:08 PM
farmerboy,

How well does the Tanglewood work on a bass? Most clip-ons I've tried have problems with the low frequencies.

It looks like the part number is TCT-1. But I don't see it available in the US.

Thanks!

John

Works a treat on mine, but I play a hollow body, so don't know if that has any effect on it and the resonance up the neck.

Cranky Dave
06-25-2010, 06:28 AM
Another vote for the Kala KC-02. Small, clip-on, and in addition to the needle showing where you are in terms of tuning, the screen turns green when you're dead on. Cool little thing for twenny bucks. I also use the gStrings app on my Droid when I don't have the KC-02 with me...

Cheers,
David

Pukulele Pete
06-25-2010, 08:03 AM
Ive been playing guitar on and off for about 48 years , wow you would think I would be good by now. Any way I started playing uke 2 years ago and I use an intelli 500 and now it is so easy to tune . Until 2 years ago I always used a tuning fork.

ukulelearp
06-25-2010, 08:09 AM
I mostly stopped using my clip-on tuner in favor of an app on my phone called gStrings. Works perfectly, even better than my tuner.