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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000522.txt from 2000/09

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Out of Tune Tuners?
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 14:00:51 -0400

At 11:47 AM 9/17/2000 -0400, Larry Zaidan wrote:
>Has anyone had the experience of some of the low-end tuners not matching
>the pitch of more expensive tuners?
>I was told of a situation where two tuners measuring the same pitch, had
>diverse readings (20 cent difference). I immediately thought of checking
>the calibration, but was not there.
>Is it possible, that some of the cheaper tuners are not as reliable?
It seems unlikely. The tuners are based on simple quartz oscillators, just
like watches. Even the cheapest cereal-box prize watch is more accurate
than chronometers used to be. There should not be that much variability,
but if you do get a loser, take it back and get another. Most of what you
get in more expensive tuners, short of strobe-wheel models, is more
features and better quality of construction.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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