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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2013
Me being a baritonist, I needed a tuner. It's one of those essentials ya know? And it works really well. And the price made me even more glad I bought this. 5 stars.
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on December 16, 2013
Perfect tuner for the less-demanding situations: Chromatic, accepting a wide compass of notes, it offers deliberate "scordatura" mis-tuning options in 1 Hz steps. The LEDs and the "meter pointer" LCD display give maybe 1 or 2-cent resolution. There is also a "singing" mode in which the tuner emits the tone instead of listening to yours. Although the default tuning notes are A and Bb, it can play any note.

Tuning your own instrument in a noisy environment is always a problem, and I think some of the expensive tuners are smarter about picking your instrument out of the mass of people tuning up. The optional plug-in contact microphone may be necessary.

Battery life is good, as are physical ruggedness and ease of use. Doesn't take up much room in the gig bag. The dual-mode display gives good visibility in darkness or full sunlight. At the low price, every student or amateur wind or string player can afford to carry one everywhere.

There is no provision for "stretch" in piano tuning, and no alternate temperaments. Not loud enough to tune a large ensemble by itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2012
Item arrived quickly and in perfect condition. This is the brand and model of tuner I use myself and buy for my students. It is easy to use and works great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2014
Missing the back plastic stand that inserts into the tuner while you are tuning your instrument. Bought new, but missing part.
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on April 5, 2014
The best part of this tuner is that I can set it on the coffee table, and it hears my guitar just fine. This chromatic tuner is a major improvement over the analog tuner I was using to tune my acoustic guitar & acoustic bass. The pitch is recognized automatically by the Korg CA1. The digital needle stays exactly at the spot that the instrument is tuned to; when you tune up or down, the needle moves very precisely without jumping. The CA1 is about the size of a credit card but thicker. It's made in Vietnam and looks well made. Hopefully it will be durable.

This is really a miracle device compared to my old Matrix analog tuner, which wouldn't recognize half the notes at all, the needle just wouldn't move and then jump violently, and it had to be touching the soundboard just to pick up anything. I've just been using the mic on the CA1 and haven't tried the line-in jack for guitar chords.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2013
awesome tuner for setting intonation on all my electric guitars. Does the job perfectly and accurately. Go buy one now!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2012
This product performs exactly the way it should. I am just learning the bass guitar and this makes it a breeze to tune.
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on September 6, 2012
I have a lot of guitar tuners in the house. I've had few handheld units, some apps on my phone, the Korg Pitch Black, some Fender thing, the Boss TU-3, and the TC Electronic Polytune. I can say that the only tuner that I prefer over this one is the Pitch Black. This little CA1 is actually faster and better than the TU-3 by a hair, and absolutely kills the Polytune in speed and accuracy. Korg really knows how to build their tuners, and this one is a truly great one. Works great for acoustic guitars as well as electric, and also does a fine job on basses, too. I don't know if it's accurate enough for a piano, but it is what it is.
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on April 30, 2014
Dear musicians - don't be like me and forget to check how big this little, tiny, diminutive tuner is in real life. I used to have a really nice, big Korg - heavy with maybe a 1.5"x2.5" screen, though that's what this was. NOPE. For $15, though, as long as you don't need glasses or if you have some strong ones on hand, this is a handy tuner. I'm sure at this size & price it cannot be that fantastically precise, and it definitely has trouble holding a tone once found, but it has proved helpful. TINY SCREEN though.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2012
I bought this a few months ago.I use it for seups of electric guitars.
Works great for intonation checks during setups of the guitar. Just remember
to turn your volume knob all the way up and your selector switch to the middle.
I own a fender stratocaster and telecaster. This tuner works great.I can also tune my Martin accoustic by mic or plug in with the onboard pickup.Volume turned up.
Very reliable.
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