Hipshot D-tuner question

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Truktek2, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. Truktek2


    Sep 5, 2008
    Queens, NY
    I was throwing my bass with a Hipshot D-tuner into a gig bag on the way to a rehearsal when a thought entered my mind.

    Do you leave it closed in the E position, or open in the D position when transporting? I normally leave it in the closed E position, but then there is no load on the adjusting screw on the D-tuner.

    Would this make it more prone to getting knocked out of tune? Should I leave it in the open D position (thereby leaving the adjusting screw loaded, making the screw harder to go out of tune?)

    Does it matter? or would I be tuning the E and the D regardless when I got there. Damn random thoughts keep me up at night :D

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    It doesn't matter.
  3. Bigmuffdiver


    Mar 28, 2014
    Never used a D-tuner, so I have a question about this; when using it a lot, does the E/D string get out of tune fast?
  4. Truktek2


    Sep 5, 2008
    Queens, NY
    Thanks Jauqo. Just out of curiousity, do you leave it open or closed? I should've made a poll.

    Once it's in tune, It's ok. It's a little finicky getting both the E and D spot on. There's a video on youtube that shows you how to tune it. You have to set up the E a little flat, other than that it's fine, I was more concerned with it going out of tune while transporting
  5. oysteivi

    oysteivi Supporting Member

    Aug 10, 2013
    Trondheim, Norway
    I transport it in the E position (closed) and I've never noticed the adjustment screw move because of it.
  6. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    I transport mine in whatever position it was last in. I really do not think it matters and I have never had issues with mine.
  7. I transport mine in E, but it really doesn't matter. With a gig bag, you'll be tuning anyhow once you unbag it.
  8. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    Sure there is.
    Or should be...
    You have a single-stop D-Tuner, yes?
    Does yours not have the coil spring on the tuning thumscrew?
    That's what it's for...

    On a double-stop DTuner, the 'middle note' adjusting sccrew has no tensioning spring, but its thread is intentionally a little tighter for this reason.

    Picture from Hipshot site, modified to show the tensioning coilspring...

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    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.

    You're welcome. I leave the D-tuner closed.
  10. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Mine are closed afaik. I also don't think it matters. I've honestly never given it a thought
  11. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I've transported basses with Hipshots always in the closed position for around 20 years. No problems or issues at all, even with the ones that are 20 years old.