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Which Tuner?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Joe Louvar, Dec 14, 2013.

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I'm building a new effects petal board - which tuner do you recommend?

  1. Boss TU-3

    21.3%
  2. TC Electronics Polytune 2

    27.0%
  3. Turbo

    14.2%
  4. Korg Pitchblack

    37.4%
  1. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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    I'm building a new effects petal board - which tuner do you recommend?

    NOTE: The Turbo from Sonic Research.


    Thanks
  2. slyjoe

    slyjoe Supporting Member

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    I assume "Turbo" means the Sonic Research Turbo Tuner?
  3. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

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    I want to say Polytune, but an interesting new option is the Korg Pandora Stomp.
  4. Dmwphoto

    Dmwphoto what does this light/\ do? Supporting Member

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    I have the Korg on my guitar pedal board and it works great. I am string up a rack mount for my bass stuff so I ordered a Rocktron rack mount tuner for that.
  5. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    I voted Turbo, but if you mostly play passive basses, you *might* be better served with the TU-3, depending on what else you're going to have on your board... Out of the listed choices, the TU-3 is the worst actual tuner, but is the only buffered tuner of the bunch... My choices, in order would be:

    Turbo Tuner
    Piychblack
    Polytune
    TU-3


    - georgestrings
  6. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    I thought I would prefer the Polytune over my Pitchblack, so I borrowed one for a few gigs - I actually prefer the Pitchblack...


    - georgestrings
  7. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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    Oops ~

    Yes, the Sonic Research Turbo.
    http://www.turbo-tuner.com/
  8. bassgrooves2

    bassgrooves2 Supporting Member

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    The one pedal I ALWAYS have on my board is the Turbo Tuner. It is fast and extremely accurate in my experience, plus it is truly true bypas. No power is required when the tuner is bypassed. Having said that, I don't get quite the battery life they claim, but I also often use my Turbo for setting intonation, which takes a bit longer with tuner engaged. I still get several months use from a fresh 9v though.
  9. bkbirge

    bkbirge Supporting Member

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    There really is no better tuner than the Turbo. The only reason I could see someone choosing another tuner is due to budget concerns.
  10. Rickenmonster

    Rickenmonster Supporting Member

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    I prefer the mini Polytune. Tiny footprint and quick. Not pricey either. Knocked my Boss off the board.
  11. gregmon79

    gregmon79 We've come to kill gods...... Supporting Member

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    I voted the Poly. These are GREAT tuners. Easy to use and very accurate. I use a mini noir. Very happy, its very small.
  12. Turtle71

    Turtle71

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    Pitchblack for me, tunes fast and accurate on all my 4's & 5's.

    It works great on both actives & passives.

    I have 2, one on each board.

    I have no experience with the Turbo or Poly, but I have compared it to the TU-3...Pitchblack beat it...IMO, YMMV etc...
  13. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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    I have "passive" Fender P & J basses (4 stringers) - just in case that makes any difference?
  14. Randyt

    Randyt Supporting Member

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    I have used all your tuners above...but my fav is the Peterson Tuners!... a little more money...but great tuners and great customer service too!!
  15. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    In that case, having a buffered pedal in your signal chain will help prevent signal loss and loss of some highs, in the event that your cable run from your board to your amp is on the long side... Active basses are alreay buffered from their preamp - what else are you planning on having on your board???

    I'm no expert on effects, since I don't use them - but I do know a little about signal chains...


    - georgestrings
  16. Rickenmonster

    Rickenmonster Supporting Member

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    I have the noir also. Was 6$ cheaper than white. Don't know why but black's my colour anyway so...
  17. seansv

    seansv

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    +1, and the reason I use the tu-3
  18. Nervallah

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    Voted Pitchblack but have heard good things about the Turbo.
  19. gregmon79

    gregmon79 We've come to kill gods...... Supporting Member

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    Ok the buffered part may be great but why the heck would a recommendation for a "the worst actual tuner" be a good thing??
  20. dirtytone

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    I use a TU2 for my tuna needs. Mainly the buffer. Does it's job. No complaints. Especially for $25.. Had a previously sold the TU3. Same thing. Tu3 was better in sunlight but whateves.. Still does it's job well.

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