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D'Addario Launches The NS Micro Universal Tuner

By Angela Zammit - D'Addario Creative
July 18, 2014 - 6:15 pm

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D'Addario NS Micro Universal Tuner

D'Addario NS Micro Universal Tuner

Farmingdale, N.Y. — D'Addario is proud to launch the new NS Micro Universal Tuner, the newest members of its clip-on tuner family.

A tuner that is packed with features and designed to be seen at any angle, the NS Micro Universal Tuner features a reversible, multi-color display and metronome in a small, compact design.

The dual-swivel, clip-on mount allows for limitless viewing angles and quick application and removal on any instrument, while the extendable arm provides clear, unobstructed views of the screen.

The NS Micro Universal Tuner offers quick note response and tuning accuracy and also features a wide calibration range of 410 - 480.

At an MSRP of $33.65, the NS Micro Universal Tuner is currently available at select retail outlets.

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About D'Addario

D'Addario & Company, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories marketed under seven product divisions: D'Addario Fretted, D'Addario Orchestral, Evans Drumheads, ProMark Drumsticks, Puresound, D'Addario Woodwinds, and D'Addario Planet Waves Accessories. A family-owned and operated business with more than 1,100 employees worldwide, the company manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. employing Toyota's Lean manufacturing principles. D'Addario has a distribution network in 120 countries and serves more than 3,000 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and more than 3,000 endorsing artists.

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gforeman
July 19, 2014 11:50 AM
Is this the same thing? The head looks the same, but it has a different mount.

mandopixie
July 19, 2014 01:35 PM
Quote from gforeman: Is this the same thing? The head looks the same, but it has a different mount.



Yes, it does look like it's the same tuner unit with a different mount. I'm guessing that's the 'universal' bit.
LongBlackVeil
July 19, 2014 02:00 PM
I thought this was the universal bit

"The NS Micro Universal Tuner offers quick note response and tuning accuracy and also features a wide calibration range of 410 - 480"

But I have no problem using the regular mini version on my mandolin, my guitar, and my friend used it on his bass with no problems as well. I just don't understand how this is necessary. The older small one is less likely to break, is less visible, and I can see it from any angle.
mandopixie
July 19, 2014 03:49 PM
Quote from LongBlackVeil:
..The older small one is less likely to break, is less visible, and I can see it from any angle. End Quote

It likely weighs less, too.
Jim Garber
July 21, 2014 10:07 AM
Try using a std clip-on on a violin scroll or on the headstock on a Lyon & Healy A mandolin and you will see the problem. Maybe this solves that. My Snark slips off the headstock of my L&H easily. You have to open it to the widest and it still is not wide enough.
ddawson2010
July 21, 2014 11:13 AM
Don from D'Addario here - the idea behind the Universal tuner was that we've received lots of requests from players that can't use our ratchet design on their instrument. Granted this isn't from guitarists or mandolinists but a plethora of players who want the convenience of the smaller design. So you are correct that this is largely (pun intended) about the mount design. This can be used on uprights, dobro's, dulcimers, lap steels - and on and on. We'll be interested in seeing how different players end up using this.
LongBlackVeil
July 21, 2014 11:17 AM
Quote from ddawson2010: Don from D'Addario here - the idea behind the Universal tuner was that we've received lots of requests from players that can't use our ratchet design on their instrument. Granted this isn't from guitarists or mandolinists but a plethora of players who want the convenience of the smaller design. So you are correct that this is largely (pun intended) about the mount design. This can be used on uprights, dobro's, dulcimers, lap steels - and on and on. We'll be interested in seeing how different players end up using this. End Quote

Thanks for explaining!

I'm primarily a guitarist and mandolinist so I guess that's why I didn't see the usefulness behind this new tuner. Glad people with other instruments can enjoy this tuner. I really love mine btw, I choose it over my peterson strobo clip most of the time simply because it's more practical and convenient, It's been the best tuner I've bought so far
Jim Garber
July 21, 2014 01:38 PM
Quote from ddawson2010: This can be used on uprights, dobro's, dulcimers, lap steels - and on and on. We'll be interested in seeing how different players end up using this. End Quote

Hey Don: How does it work on violin scrolls? Actually, I suppose you could clip the std one on the bridge, but I play a scrolled headstock on my L&H mandolin and another odd-shaped (not flat) one on some bowlback mandolins I own.
ddawson2010
July 21, 2014 01:56 PM
It's does work but scrolls are so very different from instrument to instrument and because of that, we're actually coming out with a violin specific model shortly. However, that version will attached to the opposite side, upper bout of the violin. So when you're playing it, you'll see the screen just above the body. That version, as well as this one, won't be for everyone. We're giving players options.
Jim Garber
July 21, 2014 04:20 PM
Thanks, Don! With the exception of guitar at a gig, I always remove the tuner from the instrument when I am playing and only clip it on while tuning. I know it is my own eccentricity but esp on fiddle I don't like the extra weight even if it is infinitesimal. As you said you are giving options. I may try the universal on my scroll headstocks tho.
Violingirl
August 22, 2014 07:32 AM
Okay, I am really late to the party, but I am excited about one being made for violins. I have sometimes use my husband's Korg but I have to put it between pegs which makes it super awkward plus it doesn't swivel so that I can really see it well. I mainly use it for my mandolin and use a tuning fork for my violin. I would absolutely jump on one for the violin! smile
ddawson2010
August 22, 2014 07:50 AM
We should be releasing the Violin version in the next month or so.
John Flynn
August 22, 2014 10:04 AM
It looks like the Lego version of the War of the Worlds ships.

mandopixie
August 22, 2014 10:54 AM
Quote from Violingirl: I would absolutely jump on one for the violin! smile End Quote

It may not be that durable, Violingirl. Jes saying'..
Violingirl
August 23, 2014 08:14 PM
Quote from ddawson2010: We should be releasing the Violin version in the next month or so. End Quote

Hot dog! Thank you! smile
Violingirl
August 23, 2014 08:15 PM
Quote from mandopixie: It may not be that durable, Violingirl. Jes saying'.. End Quote

I hope I can prove you wrong....but I am still pretty excited. :redface:
DougC
August 24, 2014 07:27 PM
I would never put a 'clip on' tuner onto a scroll. But I would put it on the upper bout. Good idea.
It would only be used to tune in a noisy situation an then be removed. It's the only reason I like these things.

I wonder if the violin mount version can be used on a mandolin?
Jim Garber
August 24, 2014 07:34 PM
Quote from DougC: I would never put a 'clip on' tuner onto a scroll. End Quote

Where would you put it esp on a Lyon & Healy A? on a violin you could put it on the bridge but not on a mandolin.
Violingirl
August 25, 2014 01:26 AM
The clips always have a ton of padding on them otherwise I would never put it there. I don't like the idea of putting on my bridge because it could not my bridge out of alignment or scratch/gouge the top of my violin. It appears to be a likely place but a bridge collapse could cause a sound post collapse which would ruin a violin. Yes, the sound post could be fixed, but the violin would never be the same and most likely have an inferior sound.

But, to ech his own, right? That is the beauty of all the choices out there now!
DougC
August 26, 2014 10:36 AM
Another place to put a clip on tuner might be at the nut or on the peg box. The same place, at the nut, may work on a Lyon & Healy A. It is a tough design challenge.

Of course Violingirl has a point. A clip on tuner is much too heavy an large for a violin bridge. There may be an access point on the tailpiece however.

Make the thing even smaller with a brighter display. Run it on solar power...
Jim Garber
August 26, 2014 01:51 PM
Quote from DougC: Another place to put a clip on tuner might be at the nut or on the peg box. The same place, at the nut, may work on a Lyon & Healy A. It is a tough design challenge. End Quote

I am not sure how that would work. The scroll headstock of an L&H A is pretty hefty but the nut doesn't leave much to grab onto. Actually, I can't see how any tuner can clip onto the nut on any mandolin.
DougC
August 27, 2014 08:38 PM
Yea Jim, there is not much to grab onto at the nut. Looking at the photo however it seems like a tuner would be able to clip on the base of the scroll just above the metal plate. It is hard to find a relatively flat surface on these curvy instruments. BTW this L&H looks like a beauty.
stevedenver
August 28, 2014 04:51 PM
Quote from gforeman: Is this the same thing? The head looks the same, but it has a different mount.

End Quote

WARNING THIS VERSION reacts with and DESTROYS VARNISH-
HAVE A SPOT on my headstock face where it made contact only for a couple of hours, THANKS TO D'Addario on my Brentrup

its read out also difficult to read in sunlight, but great indoors
MikeyG
September 03, 2014 04:58 PM
Quote from stevedenver: WARNING THIS VERSION reacts with and DESTROYS VARNISH-
HAVE A SPOT on my headstock face where it made contact only for a couple of hours, THANKS TO D'Addario on my Brentrup
End Quote

I had the same experience with this tuner. I left it on overnight & in the morning, there were circular marks on the headstock. But the varnish hadn't hardened yet & after 6 days it had "repaired" itself. BE CAREFUL.

MikeyG
mandomurph
November 12, 2014 10:50 AM
I had the same problem with marks on the headstock with my Micro. Perhaps the new clip on will make it easier to take off after tuning. Had the same problem with a Snark so now I take it off immediately after tuning.
Violingirl
November 12, 2014 05:20 PM
I have ordered one for my violin and I am super excited to get it. I am not worried about marks as I remove it after tuning up, but I understand some folks leave it on while playing.
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