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    Default Favorite Digital Tuners

    I have over a dozen tuners of various types. They are so small that I misplace them or leave them in a case with the uke. And, of course, the batteries die. One of my favorites is the Snark SN6X ukulele tuner.
    https://smile.amazon.com/Snark-SN6X-...70_&dpSrc=srch

    Reverb had Snark look-a-likes for $3.00, but they don't work very well. I got Enya tuners included with Enya ukes I bought, and they are very good.

    I saw Vic do a review of the Kala rechargeable tuner, so I got one. It works nice, and it will never need batteries, but I have to be careful about what instrument it's set to tune.

    This tiny D'Addario is very nice, and it's virtually invisible from the audience. I put in on the bottom of the headstock. It's so small that I've forgotten it was there and put the uke back into the case with the tuner attached.
    https://smile.amazon.com/DAddario-NS...70_&dpSrc=srch

    I've seen very expensive tuners that are super accurate, but I have no need for something like that.

    I don't like the kind that require me to hold the power button for a couple of seconds. I find that it's too easy to switch to a different instrument. I buy CR2032 batteries from Amazon a bunch at a time.

    The best(?) tuners.
    https://www.ukulelemusicinfo.com/best-ukulele-tuner/
    http://musicalpros.com/best-ukulele-tuner/

    What Tuners do you use?
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Jerry, you’re going to get as many different answers as if you asked what strings do people prefer.
    But that said I use:
    TC Electronics polytune mini 2 on my pedalboard
    TC Electronics clips
    Peterson Stroboclip HD
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    I like the D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro and NS soundhole tuners. Have several of both, the headstock version works really well, the soundhole version doesn't work that well on my Ubass. They're small and unobtrusive, so you can leave them on all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    I like the D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro and NS soundhole tuners. Have several of both, the headstock version works really well, the soundhole version doesn't work that well on my Ubass. They're small and unobtrusive, so you can leave them on all the time.
    I second the D’Addario Planet Waves NS Micro. I have about 4 of them and keep them on the ukes I play the most. I have heard some complaints about rattles, but I have not had any issues. Mine are rock solid.

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    I only use the D'Addario Planet Waves NS Micro. I have one for every uke and bass I own that does not have a built-in tuner, which is 19. I leave them on each instrument permanently and I'm very careful about turning them off, but they have a 10 minute auto shut off. Not one of mine rattles, maybe because I make sure I clamp them down nice and tight.


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    I get the cheapest... ( most economical ) ones I can find on Ebay and use them and
    provide them to my students.

    whenever my tuner starts to get weird, it's probably the battery, which I replace with...
    again, the least costly ones I find on Ebay They seem to work OK for me and then I
    have a bunch I can share with anyone in desperate need of a battery at a jam or gig, or
    song circle. They end up costing just pennies. My contribution to the local ukiulele
    community I happen to be near

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    Eno ET-33....
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...tective+Agency

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    Definately TC Electronic unitune clip on tuner. Once it shows green, the string is in tune. No unstable, wavering needle display. The display is stable and so the tuning is fast.

    https://www.musicradar.com/news/tc-e...une-clip-tuner

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Rod Higuchi View Post
    whenever my tuner starts to get weird, it's probably the battery, which I replace with...
    again, the least costly ones I find on Ebay They seem to work OK for me and then I
    have a bunch I can share with anyone in desperate need of a battery at a jam or gig, or
    song circle.
    I always carry extra batteries. They're certainly small enough that they aren't a problem to carry.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    I have the Peterson Strobo Clip and the Peterson PlusHD. When I am at home, I want to know the uke I am playing is accurately in tune. They are too fiddly for club or gigs.

    At uke club or at a gig, I use a Snark or a D'Addario Micro. The Snark has too much leeway in it. It says the string is in tune but if I tighten the tuner just a hair I find that there can be quite a ways to actually get it in tune. I can turn the tuner quite a bit and it will say it's in tune.

    Kliq has a pretty good tuner, but it takes too long to use. You have to hold down the button to turn it off and then it slowly displays the color bars and decays.

    All of them require that you let the display clear and then play the string to get the fine adjustment and make sure it's in tune.

    I find the Snark reacts to ambient noise from ukes playing or being tuned near me, so that it's difficult to get a clean reading. Yes, it's in vibration mode and is supposed to be immune to ambient noise.

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