Peterson StroboPLUS HD • Portable Strobe Tuner - NICE!
Just wanted to give a shoutout to a cool new product from Peterson Tuners that I picked up last week. Been looking for a nice accurate portable strobe tuner I could use for intonating my guitar, bass and mandolin collection, and this thing filled the bill perfectly!
You can get more info about this new product from the Peterson website here...
The street price is $130.00 and is available at most online music sites as well as on Amazon.com where I bought mine.
Comes with a rechargable lithium ion battery than can be charged by simply plugging the unit into your computer via the included USB cable. The device's firmware can also be updated and settings stored via Peterson's website in a section dedicated to this new product.
If you have been pulling your hair out trying to intonate your bass guitars with your Chromatic tuner, or are simply looking for a reasonably priced high quality strobe tuner, I don't think you could do better than this thing for the $$! :)
Not in terms of accuracy.
At least on paper, the Peterson is the more accurate of the two. I had narrowed it down between this and the Turbo-Tuner, and went with this because it had better specs, was a tabletop type unit which I prefer, had a much larger, far more detailed display, and lastly it was 25 bucks cheaper. So I stand by my original statement. ;)
Just because you own something else doesn't make it better than a newer competing product. ;)
Accuracy between the two products:
Turbo Tuner: +/- 0.2 cents
StroboPLus: +/- 0.1 cents (1/10 Of A Cent; 1/1000th Of A Semitone)
you missed a decimal place ;)
the turbo is +/-.02 cents, so technically five times more accurate.
that's splitting hairs though, the peterson is already more accurate than the guitar itself is capable of being. the turbo is just faster, being analog, and has a "richer" display, because it reflects all the harmonics of the string, as opposed to the virtual petersons which only show the octaves.
i used the virtual strobe VS-I and VS-II all day every day for years, so i'm quite familiar with the tech; when i got my first turbo i never looked back, it was just better.
that said, the peterson app on my iphone is awesome.
(also, the "tabletop" angle is important; the turbo tabletop st122 is now more expensive than their pedal tuner or this new peterson; i have a couple of the earlier versions, and they track better than anything else, read well down below low F#, easily pick up signal in noisy rooms via the mic, and are quickly programmed with different temperaments and tunings. they're just pricier now that they have the metal housing.)
I still need a stomp box tuner more accurate than my Boss, so based on the fact that I had the accuracy spec wrong, I just ordered one of those Turbo Tuner stomp box versions which will allow me to compare them and see which one works best for setting up my guitars, but I definitely know it will be better on my pedal board than what i have now.
That table top one they make is nice, but I think the Peterson is a better value and it has all the programmable temperament stuff in it as well, and all I think I would need on my bench for maintaining my guitar collection.
Will be curious to see how that accuracy spec gets communicated to that segmented LED display, as compared to the LCD on the Peterson which is advertised as HD, for fine resolution of the spinning wheels.
I'll update this thread with a side by side review when I get the other one.
The Petersons are nice tuners, I went for the Turbo and I'm overly pleased with it. They make both a stomp and a desktop verson, got em both.
Well, they're both accurate machines indeed, I just wish more people would use tuners like these to intonate their instruments. Last week I had a student come up to me saying his bass were 'broken'. Turned out his intonation was just way off. But hey, isn't that why we're here? ;)
I know it is tough to use one of those on bass for anything more than just tuning up, and even then, both the Boss tuners I have seem to have a lot of trouble with low frequency sources like bass guitars.
This Peterson is awesome on my Octave Mandolin! MUCH better than the Chromatic tuners with that instrument too.
the key to the display is that (again) it's entirely analog; a reference signal gets sent around the display ring at the given pitch, then the input signal also gets sent to the same display ring: where the two signals are in phase, the LED lights up, where they're out of phase the LED says off, and where they're partially in phase the LED lights up a little.
the result is a display that's absolutely real-time analog, and shows all the transients and upper harmonics. (where LCD pixel blocks are either on or off, the LEDs show the whole range from off to dim to bright, conveying lots of information.)
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