D'Addario PW-CT-14 NS Micro Violin Tuner, ET or JI?
I have one of these, and I normally only use it for the A and D strings (the A harmonic on the D) and I tune the E and G strings by ear. This is mostly because I assumed it would have ET tuning. But today I put all my fine tuners on about 1/3 and retuned using the pegs and I suddenly realised it would make a lot of sense if violin tuners are specifically JI. Maybe it should have been obvious, but since I tend to use such tuners on their "chromatic" settings, it never occurred to me before. So is that how they work? Put them on chromatic and they are ET, put them on violin and they are JI, or is that too much sophistication to expect from a piece of cheap electronic junk? (I checked the d'Addario website and they don't say anything). How can I verify it, with my ears, or is there a better way?
If you use your ear instead its always JI ;)
tune every time you take the fiddle out no matter what! tune the A and do the others by ear. It gets very simple and automatic after a short time, and helps develop your ear.
They're all ET by default, even with a "violin" setting. The original NS Micro is definitely ET, and as I recall, it doesn't have much to help you fine-tune it off ET either (e.g. a frequency readout or cents off centre).
Don't waste money, just use a smartphone app, I use one just to get the A, the others I tune by ear, as everyone does. If you're a beginner or don't know how to do it, use gStrigns Free app, set the temperament to perfect 5ths.
I've got several of the original D'Addario Micro Tuners (one in each instrument case and 2 on my home music stand one violin/viola and one cello, which has a different "base" to attach to the bridge but is otherwise the same device).
I tune A to a fork then the rest by ear. I check with a phone app that reads freq. Perfect 5ths G-196, D-293.66, A 440.0, E-659.26
Bill Barber, your numbers are equal tempered values, not perfect fifths.
I have plenty of tuning forks (A, E and C 523/4 for ukes. Planet Waves used to make C 262, but they stopped, and I've never found any used ones on EBay). I usually tune in the green room, then pretend to tune in the auditorium. I don't have a smart phone.
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