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Old 25th August 2007
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Recommended STROBE tuner

I want to invest in a great tuner. Is there a particular model to look for when buying a Strobe tuner? Just checked on eBay and it looks like the 450 is the model I remember seeing in the big studios.

Any info appreciated!
Old 25th August 2007
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I own several Peterson models both digital and the old school real strobes.
For most use I would recommend the V-sam or Stroboflip.
They are smaller, make no noise and are highly accurate.
The Strobecenter and the 490 make a certain amount of noise IMH and can be disturbing in a studio environment.
The digital versions are also much more flexible with programmable temperaments etc.
Old 25th August 2007
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Peterson Autostrobe 490 is best.
The strobostomp is handy for guitar/bass ...built like crap though...
Old 25th August 2007
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If you are looking for a real strobe the Strobecenter is by far the most useful model as long as you don't mind the hum and it stays in one place.
It is immensely useful to monitor all 12 chromatic pitches simultaneously with zero lagtime.
Unfortunately it is something like $3000.

I have a 590 that I am thinking of selling. It is located in chicago at the moment.
The 590 is the 490 plus a metronome and reference tone generator with an excellent speaker.
Make me an offer if you are interested.
Old 26th August 2007
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I was just checking out the Peterson VS-R StroboRack. Looks pretty sweet.

Peterson VS-R StroboRack |
Old 26th August 2007
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let me refine my search.....

I am just looking for something that is accurate and easy for bands to use-- a step up from the $20 Korg tuners and such.

I do not need something that has presets for different scales/temperaments, and I don't want to spend more than a few hundred dollars.

It just needs to be reliable and simple.

Having said that, can someone point me in the right direction? I'm not even committed to Peterson if there are better alternatives. Do any pro models have built in mics to use to tune acoustic gtrs?
Old 26th August 2007
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A word of caution,
a lot of players find the strobes very confusing as they are used to a needle type of reference.
At this point I cannot stand any non strobe readouts, but many a gifted colleague has scratched his/her hair over the readout. ironically it seems easier with people not familliar with tuners at all.

As for temperaments, you would benefit greatly from the specific guitar temperaments as it will sound much better ebass and guitar than standard temperament.
A guitar tuned to equal temperament is never going to sound quite in tune.
The same goes for violins and cellos.
Peterson has presets for perfect fifth tuning which comes out the way we stringplayers are used to have our instruments tuned. Again equal temperament will not work. The lowest strings will end up a lot higher and the top string flatter than violinists and cellists are used to and it will entirely mess up their pitch.

All high end tuners have built in mics AFAIK (excluding high end dedicated piano tuners, but thats a different story)
Old 26th August 2007
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Old 26th August 2007
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Hello Chaps, just found this:

Could be worth a look...
Old 26th August 2007
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CONN strobe tuner..brown crinkle finish ..microphone or 1/4 inch input.

the one and only
Old 27th August 2007
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<< I got this one from ebay: New Turbo Tuner Model ST-122 Chromatic Strobe Tuner >>

So how are you liking it? Worth the money? Does it have a mic built in?

So far that seems like the best solution...
Old 27th August 2007
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