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Boss DB-30C Dr. Beat Metronome

4.2 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews
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  • Handles time signatures up to 17 beats per measure
  • Rhythmic beat patterns in various styles
  • Headphone output with volume control
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Product Description

It's portable, reliable, and fun to use -- the DB-30 helps musicians take their music to higher levels by offering a set of features that defies its diminutive size. Much more than just a simple timekeeper, this pocket-sized metronome can lay down a variety of rhythm patterns and time feels to practice along with, and it has a few timekeeping tricks up its sleeve as well.

Product Information

Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 2.9 x 2.3 x 5.1 inches
Shipping Weight 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000ATSIJ6
Item model number DB-30C
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4.2 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,160 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#16 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > General Accessories > Metronomes
Date first available at Amazon.com April 13, 2004

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Folks, this does it all. Choosing your tempo is quick and the "tap" feature is huge when making a big time change. It provides both audible (click) and visual (lights and meter) timing cues.

The mute is helpful to quiet it down while still using the visual timing queues and the device retains it's settings when powered down so next time you begin right where you left off.

This device covers various time signatures and I love its ability to sub-divide timing. For example, you can set your main click to 80bpm AND also have a sub-click occurring based upon a fractional note (e.g. eighth, triplets, sixteenth notes, etc.). Very cool!
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Pros: Its small, easy to use, inexpensive, durable, can clip it to a stand, and has nice variety of beats as well as the click isn't too annoying. The display is also nice with both a light and hand movement.

Cons: It doesn't turn up very loud and it goes through watch batteries very quickly. I don't know about you, but #2032 watch batteries aren't normally sitting around (not like 9v or AA) and even on lowest volume it goes through one every couple of months with daily use. I put sound through powered speaker system (or headphones) so the batteries don't get used too quicky and I can hear it. If you didn't, I suspect you'd eat batteries very quickly. Nothing like practicing with your band to the metronome and it suddenly dies and no batteries available.

If I had to do it over again, I'd go for the DB 60 (uses AA) or 90 (uses 9v or ac power) or look at the yamaha. In fact, I'm shopping for a db 90 now as I write this...
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I have used this metronome for about 2 months. I practice about 2- 3 hours per day, most of this time with a metronome. After about 3 weeks of use, the unit would work well for about 60 minutes then quit and reset it itself to 120 bpm. Once this happened, it would work correctly for only a minute or two then stop and reset back to 120 bpm again. It needed to sit idle for at least an hour before it would work correctly. The replacement given me by the retailer developed this problem after only a week.
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I bought the "Boss" about a year ago. It arrived quickly and I originally liked it. After only 3 months the thing reset to its default of 120 bpm. No worries, I replaced the batteries and it worked for about another 3 months. Replaced the batteries and the thing refuses to work. All my paperwork is tossed so here I sit with a no good piece of junk, unable to return it. Buyer beware on this one.
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In teaching myself guitar, I found myself learning the notes and melody but not necessarily being a devotee to keeping accurate time. To realistically gauge my progress, I decided to buy this metronome. It comes highly recommended on various guitar sites like Musician's Friend, Zzound, etc. and having used it, I think the reviews are accurate. You can configure the rhythm, beat AND tempo and with it's compact size, it's more functional than comparable models. The only negative I have is the "beep" tone - as a former violin player, I'm used to the old school "click" sound of traditional wooden metronomes. But then again, I can't clip one of the old wooden metronomes to my music stand, now can I? ;-)

Highly recommend.
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I just started to learn drums and I bought a cheapo metronome for $17 and it was fine for about a month, then I needed something to help me keep time with different notes and rhythms and this has just about everything I need for that. Problem is you really cannot hear it to well when practicing so now I have to get some headphones. Even practicing on a pad takes some concentration to hear it. If I had to do it again I would have saved up a little more money and bought the big one. My cheap $17 one is 3 times louder than this and I have no problem hearing it, but that only really does 1/4 notes. All in all it is a nice item but wish it was much louder.
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This metronome comes with great features although it is not loud enough. The problem is that it stopped working reliably after 3 months. It constantly resets itself to 120 and sometimes does not work at all. TOTALLY FRUSTRATING. Changing batteries does not help. Others seem to report this same problem. Do not buy this metronome!
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We sent one back and got another to have the same thing happen. It stops and resets itself back to the default speed for no reason. We tried changing batteries, but it didn't help. It was not worth the price, even if it DID work. Go with a more basic metronome.
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