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    trying to find a good head stock tuner. I had a snark, which was good but the arm attachment broke with use. Got a few d'addario's like in the picture i took. Also have the reverb, just pay shipping freebie.

    The d'addario's are about 6 months old and are developing issues and becoming unreliable. The freebie works but is inconsistent with readings.

    Recommend a good one for me.
    well, on my guitars, the vibration sensing tuners work fine. On my banjo, they are borderline at best and on the mando, they are a waste of time. I wound up using an ap on my phone for the mando and banjo. Its called,. Da tuner lite. And it works great on anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cformony View Post
    well, on my guitars, the vibration sensing tuners work fine. On my banjo, they are borderline at best and on the mando, they are a waste of time. I wound up using an ap on my phone for the mando and banjo. Its called,. Da tuner lite. And it works great on anything.
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    I've been investigating these. The polymode makes no sense when you're dealing with courses, so I'm between the TC Unitune and the Peterson Strobeclip. It was hard to use the D'addario clip because, it was tough to get both before and after lights to go on at the same time to show you're in tune. Both Unitune and Strobeclip seem to be bright and accurate, my question is about whether it's harder or easier to tune with the strobe function. I get that it can be most accurate, but when you're between songs and have a minute to tweak the tuning, is it just as easy? I have no hands-on with the Peterson. I know they have a lot of fans.
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    Stroboclip has been great for me. Have to use it properly though; it’s a sensitive instrument. Somebody mentioned it wouldn’t read one course of strings ... for instance, striking hard with a pick can create overtones strong enough to compete with the fundamental. Also, striking a string too closely to the bridge can do that. Best reading is to use fingertips near 12th fret; a good compromise is to pluck softly in the “sweet spot” near the end of fingerboard. Very reliable, very accurate, easy to use on my instruments when done that way
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Gunter View Post
    Stroboclip has been great for me. Have to use it properly though; it’s a sensitive instrument. Somebody mentioned it wouldn’t read one course of strings ... for instance, striking hard with a pick can create overtones strong enough to compete with the fundamental. Also, striking a string too closely to the bridge can do that. Best reading is to use fingertips near 12th fret; a good compromise is to pluck softly in the “sweet spot” near the end of fingerboard. Very reliable, very accurate, easy to use on my instruments when done that way
    That was me, on my Oval hole mando the E doesn't like to read unless I pick fairly firmly one High E, if its light it just doesn't catch it. I might try placing the clip on the other side of the headstock to see if that helps. All other instruments work just fine with a finger nail or very light pick stroke on the string.
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    my question is about whether it's harder or easier to tune with the strobe function
    One of the nice options on the Unitune is that it can be used in either normal or strobe mode. I'm not sure if the Peterson does anything but strobe. I've also come to appreciate that the Unitune only has the one single-direction hinge, pretty much the only moving part except for the spring clip. Hard to imagine breaking it. Lastly, the Unitune is significantly less expensive than the Peterson.
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    The Unitune in strobe is harder to read than the Peterson. The Peterson is very easy IMHO. The strobe on the Unitune is much smaller and in a flat line and look like it is going backwards sometimes. Could be my old eyes too. In regular mode it is still very accurate, fast and easy. Low battery usage which is another thing i like. I carry a spare battery, but after a year of using it daily I still haven't used it.
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    So many choices out there. One of my favorite tuners is made by Fender. It's called Fender California tuner. It has a really huge, bright display and sells for less than $10.

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    Man, I haven't been on in a year and a half, maybe two, and right back into the thick of it with a "what's the best" discussion. Good to be back. I've used my buddies Polytune an Stroboclips. I personally use a Snark for the past 6 years. I leaning towards a Peterson Strobo HD because of the sweetened tunings for mando.

    I play bluegrass folk, hot club, swing - in crowded jams, alone, and on stage - acoustic and electric - so there's that. Can anyone share their experience with these HD's and the mando tuning?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bertotti View Post
    That was me, on my Oval hole mando the E doesn't like to read unless I pick fairly firmly one High E, if its light it just doesn't catch it. I might try placing the clip on the other side of the headstock to see if that helps. All other instruments work just fine with a finger nail or very light pick stroke on the string.
    Just an update, I was clipping onto the bass side of the head stock but once I slips the clip closer to the high e side I found that a normal pick of the string registers quick and true.
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