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Intellitouch PT10c Mini Clip-On Tuner
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- Easy and Accurate Tuning using Vibration; It Ignores Background Noise
- Backlight changes from Red to Green when in Tune
- Compact - easily fits in Instrument Cases
- For Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Mandolins, Basses, Banjos, & More
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The Intellitouch PT10 "Mini" tuner pushes forward the boundaries for small, compact size while still having a large, easy-to-read backlit display. The PT10 Automatic & Chromatic tuner ignores background noise - it feels the instrument's vibration instead of using sound. It is designed to clip on electric and acoustic guitars, basses, violins, banjos, mandolins and more! The PT10 is from Onboard Research, creator of the original clip on tuner, and comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
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- Can position the viewer to any angle you want with ease.
- You can view the screen pretty well on an angle.
- Clips onto a thick headstock pretty well and stays.
- Easy to use (interface).
- Stays on the headstock when the bass is put back into its case.
With other vibration tuners, I had problems with all the bullet items above.
Until something better comes along, this is my go-to tuner. And if people are interested why I use this over a pedal based tuner:
- I can tune before I go on stage while my equipment is already on the stage.
- I can take my bass anywhere (even while watching tv on sofa, bed, etc) and still be able to tune it.
- It requires no cables so I can use this with all my basses, guitars, acoustic guitars, banjo, etc.
- Easily fits in my case, so I don't even need to carry around a pedal board or anything else other than case and amp/cab.
Only drawback I found is that I'd like it to be more articulated. You clip it to the headstock and it will easily face any direction except you. You can face it directly toward you if it's upside down, but otherwise it's at an angle. I reversed the clip (mount is off center so it makes a difference) and mount it on the upper edge of the head, allowing the display to point up at me. But that plan might depend on your tuning keys. Either a double articulating mount or a rotating mount would be more useful. After all... what's the point of it facing the way the guitar is facing? The player's head is above the guitar. I'd ding the score by 1/2 star for this, but not a full star, so 5 stars from me.
Only unknown is how long will the 2032 watch battery last? But at $1.25 a piece (in a 10 pack) I don't expect it to be an issue.
* Accuracy, I have not encountered problems tuning specific strings or any string for that matter, it tunes quickly and accurately. There are occasions when the tuner will quickly alternate from green to red possibly giving the appearance of a malfunction however this is simply its way of informing the user that a very slight tuning adjustment is necessary. I have not tested it with others playing around me so I cannot attest to the affects of ambient noise but it rated quite well in that area;
* Price, this tuner is replacing a Korg mic based tuner which had a similar price point $30.00, but was vastly inferior to this one. So I don't consider price to be an issue;
* Location of controls, there are two controls on the tuner which are located on the right side of the unit and are separated by an adequate amount of space. The power button is on top and the A-Ref button below it. I have used the power button repeatedly and have never mistaken it for the A-Ref button or vice versa which some found to be an issue. I suspect that the location of the tuner could play a role in any button mishaps; I keep mine behind the D tuning peg which provides easy access to the power button but not to the A-Ref button;
* Batteries, I bought a double pack for $3.00 at Walmart they were easy to find and inexpensive.
Summary: I like this tuner very much, particularly the display which is large, clear and bright. I have not encountered any of the issues that others have posted; however, I do see one potential flaw in its design. While the tuner is seated on a ball pivot which provides a great deal of flexibility, I have found that there are just a couple of useful positions which can be obtained on the headstock. It seems clear to me that the tuner is intended to sit behind the D tuning peg where it functions quite well and provides clear visibility to the user, but somewhat limited access to the A-Ref button. I am quite happy keeping mine in this position particularly since the A-Ref button is not something that I use very often, but I suppose that this limitation could be a potential issue for some. It would be nice to have additional positioning options, other than that it's great.
I was very impressed with the company that I bought them from, too. The threw in free replacement batteries for all of the tuners. It was a nice surprise and came in very handy.