View Full Version : Cheap No-Name Tuners

11-02-2011, 06:25 AM
eBay has some really cheap clip-on tuners from China for $5-7. Are any of these worth a try or should I just purchase a more recognizable brand?

11-02-2011, 06:33 AM
I wouldn't worry to much about the name, but you likely could go into your local music store and buy a tuner for say.... $12 that you could take back imediately if you had a problem.

If it was me I would spend just a few dollars more

My 2 pennies


11-02-2011, 06:45 AM
I bought several of those cheapos a while back, and had a lot of problems with them. The power buttons don't always work properly. On more than one that I got, it was difficult to get them to stay on or off. Or, to stay in tuning mode. One had a habit of jumping between tuning mode and playing a tone every couple of seconds.

11-02-2011, 06:59 AM
I'll check out the local store and see what they have. Thanks guys!

11-02-2011, 08:06 AM
One word: Snark.

mm stan
11-02-2011, 09:27 AM
Check the features on this bad boy....http://www.metronomes.net/CherubChromaticMateWst-550C.htm

11-02-2011, 12:17 PM
One word: Snark.

:agree: May still have'm for $10 bucks on buy.com w/ free shipping.

11-03-2011, 10:40 AM
You answered your own question with the words "really cheap clip-on tuners from China". They are unlikely to be any good and you will have almost no comeback if they are faulty. Gadzukes was right to suggest the Snark - Snark Red is the best one for ukes. They may be a little more expensive, but I use mine to tune ukes, mandolins, guitars, basses - even my stylophone!