Ned Steinberger worked together with the folks at Planet Waves (a division of D'Addario) to come up with this ergonomic, well-thought-out design for a clip on tuner. Incredibly small and lightweight, I find that it's easy to just leave it on the instrument - it doesn't really get in the way or "load up" the bridge in a way that begs it be taken off.
Tuning is a snap - this could be one of the fastest-reacting and most accurate tuners we've tried for the upright bass (and of course, it works great with other instruments as well). Christopher was quite impressed when we got these in, he had several basses to tune up, and it worked flawlessly on all of them.
The tuner cycles through three colors as you're tuning - red when you're well out of tune, yellow when you're "getting close" -- and green when you are in tune. So you don't have to squint to see how close you're getting.
Mounting it on the bass is a snap; the tuner clip grabs securely, and there is an extension arm with hinges and two rotating joints, so you can twist and angle it in pretty much any orientation you prefer.
It even has a built-in visual metronome - you can set a tempo from 20 to 270 bpm, and alternating light-up squares provide a visual beat to keep you in time. Nice touch!
Features and Specifications:
- Built-in piezo transducer picks up instrument’s vibration rather than sound
- Improved software for faster response and improved accuracy
- Tri-color reversible backlit LCD screen makes it easy to tune in dark environments
- Wide calibration range (410Hz to 480Hz)
- Visual metronome
- Tunes upright basses, acoustic and electric guitars, basses, mandolins, banjos and other stringed instruments
- Clip-on mount provides quick application and limitless viewing angles
- Dimensions: 1.1 x 4 x 5.8 inches
- Weight: .2 oz
- Battery: One commonly available 3V CR2032 coin type (included)
Just want to thank you for your quick response to my order (NS Micro universal tuner). It was well packed, and beyond my expectations. You were very right to write about this very handy and small, accurate device in your last newsletter. Greetings from a very satisfied customer.