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upskydowncloud
08-31-2008, 08:57 AM
I know there's a rather long thread about this but I thought I'd start a new one to remind everyone to get one of these! I just used my Intelli IMT-500 clip on tuner to tune my uke and the difference is incredible. I used a normal chromatic tuner (a Korg one) before this and always thought I was playing in tune, how wrong I was, when I get the note right it actually sounds like it should.

I just thought I'd pass the message on that it's worth getting a clip on tuner over a normal chromatic one, it's definitely worth it.


John

haole
08-31-2008, 09:00 AM
I have the same tuner, and it's amazing. :D A lot better than trying to pick up the sound with a tiny microphone on a guitar tuner.

upskydowncloud
08-31-2008, 09:48 AM
I have the same tuner, and it's amazing. :D A lot better than trying to pick up the sound with a tiny microphone on a guitar tuner.

Exactly! I'm really pleased with it, I should have bought one the first time round.

Dane
08-31-2008, 10:15 AM
I have a boss TU-80 chromatic. But I've had this for a long time, I don't really know a good tuner from a bad one. I had it for guitar originally.

nikolo727
08-31-2008, 11:00 AM
yea i keep mine on all the time. when im done using my uke for the day i just put it on my uke stand and the tuner always stays on. lol. works like a charm for me. the best thing about it is that it tunes on vibrations, not on sound. so i can talk and whatever while im tuning it lol.

Dane
08-31-2008, 12:03 PM
So whats the big difference between the 2? It's vibration tuning vs sound tuning?

tozan
08-31-2008, 12:05 PM
I know there's a rather long thread about this but I thought I'd start a new one to remind everyone to get one of these! I just used my Intelli IMT-500 clip on tuner to tune my uke and the difference is incredible. I used a normal chromatic tuner (a Korg one) before this and always thought I was playing in tune, how wrong I was, when I get the note right it actually sounds like it should.

I just thought I'd pass the message on that it's worth getting a clip on tuner over a normal chromatic one, it's definitely worth it.


John

I've been using a FT-800 and I am beginning to wonder how accurate any of these tuners are.:confused:
Before I would just tune the open strings and be done. Now I find myself checking every note on every string which is driving me a little crazy because I'm breaking in a new set of strings. Especially when sometimes the open string is dead on but the higher frets are +20.:music:
Sometimes you can have too much information. I have an appreciation for accuracy but at my stage of practice if I didn't have a tuner I probably wouldn't know the difference at the higher frets. Just my opinion. (Of course they're neat and I'm glad I have one...urr..two.);)

SailQwest
08-31-2008, 01:07 PM
So whats the big difference between the 2? It's vibration tuning vs sound tuning?

One of the nice things about the clip-on tuners is that other noises won't interfere with tuning.

When we use our Korg tuner, we usually plug it into the pick-up for the same reason; no extraneous noise.

Dane
08-31-2008, 01:15 PM
Hmm, well lets talk clip on tuners then! :) What are some good clip ons and how much do they go for?

upskydowncloud
08-31-2008, 01:18 PM
Hmm, well lets talk clip on tuners then! :) What are some good clip ons and how much do they go for?

Check out this thread here: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4878

The IMT-500 I have seems to be excellent and was around $17 delivered via eBay. I live in England so it was about half price which was a good deal.

Compared to my Korg chromatic (non clip on) it's far superior. My uke teacher uses the same model and he seems pleased with it.

John

Nurdaben
08-31-2008, 01:33 PM
i have the FT-800 by fzone and it works great.

uluapoundr
09-02-2008, 10:11 PM
I also love the IMT-500, one problem though. I don't leave it clipped on because when I play, I can hear the buttons rattling. Anyone else notice this?

SuperSecretBETA
09-02-2008, 11:17 PM
I also love the IMT-500, one problem though. I don't leave it clipped on because when I play, I can hear the buttons rattling. Anyone else notice this?

Sometimes...

grappler
09-02-2008, 11:50 PM
i still need to get one

hoosierhiver
09-03-2008, 06:34 AM
I love my clip-ons,but have noticed that if you leave the tuner on while you play,it can cause a buzz sometimes,especially if it's off to the side a little.I'll clip mine onto my shirt after tuning up.

e10rice
09-03-2008, 07:09 AM
im about to buy one myself and was wondering if anyone had a Kala tuner. I have a Kala uke and figured the Kala tuner would be good.

herbsandspices
09-03-2008, 07:58 AM
I much prefer the IMT-1000 - it's a little more money, but much easier to read (IMHO), especially in a dark venue. I got mine from Amazon for $22 - it's an Intelli Tuner, however it's marketed as a TuneTech TT-1000.
Both of our TT-1000's are perfectly in tune with eachother, although bought 6 months apart, and certainly are under different battery charges.
My band has gotten a LOT more smooth with a couple of these things around... especially with the number of instruments we have. Recommended!!!
john

Edit: Hey cool my first UU post!

upskydowncloud
09-03-2008, 08:31 AM
I much prefer the IMT-1000 - it's a little more money, but much easier to read (IMHO), especially in a dark venue. I got mine from Amazon for $22 - it's an Intelli Tuner, however it's marketed as a TuneTech TT-1000.
Both of our TT-1000's are perfectly in tune with eachother, although bought 6 months apart, and certainly are under different battery charges.
My band has gotten a LOT more smooth with a couple of these things around... especially with the number of instruments we have. Recommended!!!
john

Edit: Hey cool my first UU post!

Congratulations! I'm sure you'll make many more.

uluapoundr
09-03-2008, 01:54 PM
Welcome Herbsandspices, I'm a newbie too! :nana:

Dane
09-04-2008, 11:50 AM
Yeah how are the tuners that MGM carries? FZONE FT-800 and the Kala clip on?