Snark tuner & recommendations
My Snark Super Tight tuner (fits on the scroll) has just stopped working. New batteries, just doesn't work anymore. Recommendations on a better quality tuner that also works from contact vibrations? Thanks!
I was always fond of the Korg Tuner/metronomes. Although it doesn't come with it, there is a contact microphone by Korg that you can buy that plugs into it and lets you tune from contact vibration. I always preferred the Korg with the pick-up to the clip-on tuners because in my experience they picked up the vibrations better and was more accurate on the tuning.
I have the Korg TM 60, moved to the Snark as the Korg was too slow, or too variable. Didn't realize it can be turned into a contact tuner, will look into that. The metronome is just too soft so I use a Wittner mechanical, nice and loud enough for me to hear. even when I'm playing FF.
I like the D'Addario NS Micro Tuner for Violin and Viola. They fit on the upper bout and are very easy to read and adjust to. SHAR sells them
The D'addario NS Micro Tuner is also a good one. Although after reading a couple of reviews, as Andrew said, they don't fit thicker violas. Someone on the SHAR website said it didn't fit violas 15 inches and up. So if you play any viola at all and don't really want to trim the rubber contacts I think turning your Korg TM-60 into a contact tuner with the Korg Contact mic would be your best bet.
I have three battery tuners but have not used them in years and instead just use an A tuning fork.
Speaking about Korg, my favorite device of the brand is the KDM-3, which has everything I need and then some. It is indeed digital, but is *very* loud, and has a variable pitch tuner (I use it mostly for A 442+, but it can be setup with other notes, from 410-480-more than most people will ever need.) It's only possible weakness is that it's battery-operated only, whereas old school metronomes only need winding, and many modern ones have an electric plug.
I've looked at both the D'addario NS Micro Tuner and the KDM-3. I don't need a metronome at all, my Wittner Taktell Piccolo does a fine job there and no batteries/power required.
TE Tuner app on Apple device is excellent. Lots of functionality for a very low cost. My humble suggestion would be to consider not becoming overly dependent on a tuner of any kind. Rather focus on your aural training. Use your ears to tune the instrument and check all fingered G, D, A, E notes against open strings. Check sharps against the next higher notes and flats against the next lower notes. The violin is tuned in fifths thus making the use of tuners somewhat tricky for beginners. I have noticed some beginner students playing scales with a tuner using equal temperament. One can become fixated on the tuner and end up forming bad intonation habits.
I've used the D'addario NS Micro Tuner for years. I just use it to tune the A string and then take it off.
Thanks everyone - and John, I'm following my teacher's guidance. I do not focus on the tuner.
Putting the contact microphone on the bridge doesn’t damage it. I never had a problem with it messing up my bridge. But you can also put it on the scroll or a peg. Maybe the E string peg since we don’t use that one to tune.
If this discussion is about battery tuners that put a frequency number on a screen, rather than emitting a pitch note, then a basic disadvantage of these devices, as I see it, is that they encourage the user to look rather than to use their ears.
There are plenty of other opportunities to use your ears. Tuning the instrument with a tuner that shows the note isn't that big of a deal. People who are in an orchestra or even just practicing will use their ears for intonation anyway. I don't know how others do it, but I just use the tuner for the open A and then tune the other strings by ear.
Catherine - look for one that mounts on the violin body - the bridge mounting is for cellos.
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