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smuprof
Intermediate Member
Username: smuprof

Post Number: 131
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 7:29 pm:   Edit Post

Long time, no post . . . but I found something I wanted to share. I've been playing with a Line 6 digital wireless rig for a couple of years now with fantastic results. In addition to the Hi-Z out for the amp, it has a 20 hz - 20 kHz full bandwidth Lo-Z that I use to feed the house, and of course with an Alembic it sounds fantastic.

Now the problem - there's no good way to tune quietly. Even if I put something in line with the amp (which I hate to do), I've still got signal to the house.

So I looked around for bass-mounted tuners, but everyone I found was large, ugly, didn't work or some combination thereof. Until I found this little Planet Waves PW-CT-12 NS Mini Headstock Tuner. It's about the size of a quarter, very unobtrusive, and works well. Seems Ned Steinberger had something to do with the design, but don't quote me on that.

Easy to read, hidden behind the headstock, no damage to the finish and you can leave it on in the case. Now I just turn down the volume and tune to my heart's content without hitting the mains or the amp.

My main Alembic is a 5 string MK, and it does tune the B string accurately. (I have found it helps on the B string to mute the others with your palm to eliminate sympathetic vibrations).

I've been so happy I bought 4 more for my other basses and a guitar. Doesn't replace my TurboTuner for accuracy, but the cost (about $20) and convenience make this the coolest new technology I've bought since I bought my first Alembic.

I don't work for the Planet Waves, and I'm not earning a commission - just thought I'd pass along something that has worked well for me and costs less than a set of strings. :-)
stout71
Junior
Username: stout71

Post Number: 33
Registered: 7-2011
Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 - 4:26 am:   Edit Post

Nice find! Just looked it up on amazon. $12.99!!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005FKF1PY
billostech
Advanced Member
Username: billostech

Post Number: 272
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 - 5:30 am:   Edit Post

I neeeded one of these. Just ordered one. Thanks
benson_murrensun
Senior Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 580
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 1:01 pm:   Edit Post

So it sounds like it's better than the Snark tuner, which doesn't like a low B string, and can be otherwise hard to get along with. I think I will check it out. Thanks!
pauldo
Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 770
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 6:06 pm:   Edit Post

The Snark works GREAT on my upright.
Not to bad on the Alembic either - but I don't go much lower than a Hipshot dropped D.
eligilam
Advanced Member
Username: eligilam

Post Number: 355
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 9:08 am:   Edit Post

I just ordered one of these Planet Waves things too. Thanks for the link. I've got a gig next weekend using the "house rig" which has no "direct" tuner access. This little thing should help me out and keep me from doing the whole "drop to one knee and squint at my little tuner on the ground" thing between songs.

Cheers.
billostech
Advanced Member
Username: billostech

Post Number: 274
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 9:35 am:   Edit Post

Got mine 2 days ago and used it on the MK5 in band practice last night. It worked perfectly. Thanks again.

(Message edited by billostech on February 18, 2012)
smuprof
Intermediate Member
Username: smuprof

Post Number: 133
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 2:50 pm:   Edit Post

You're welcome, Bill. Glad your experience was as good as mine.

BTW - love your MK5. Mine's a standard, balance K body, with the omega (not heart) cut, coco bola top. I keep thinking if I can find enough coin in the sofa I'd like to try an MK5 deluxe with ebony stringers and coco top and back lams . . . be hard to miss the fundamental :-)
billostech
Advanced Member
Username: billostech

Post Number: 276
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 3:59 pm:   Edit Post

John,
Your Balance K sounds nice too. Are there any pictures posted? BTW, where did you get your sofa? I need one of those. lol
811952
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 2157
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 10:44 am:   Edit Post

A buddy of Mine turned me onto the Peterson StroboClip. Pretty sweet and right around $70 list.

http://www.petersontuners.com/index.cfm?category=168&sub=516

John
dannobasso
Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 1428
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 - 3:51 am:   Edit Post

I would go for the Peterson hands down. I have the Stroboflip and the difference over my Korg rack unit is very noticeable. Much more precise.
cozmik_cowboy
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1165
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 - 6:48 am:   Edit Post

10 times more precise, to be precise. Korg (and every other non-strobe tuner I've checked out)claims 1 cent; Peterson's stuff does 0.1 cent.

Peter
5sicks
Junior
Username: 5sicks

Post Number: 32
Registered: 8-2010
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 - 2:26 pm:   Edit Post

Your basses are that unstable that you have to tune between songs...HMMM...
adriaan
Moderator
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2907
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 - 2:29 pm:   Edit Post

I'd blame the strings, personally. (I tune by ear, by the way.)
5sicks
Junior
Username: 5sicks

Post Number: 33
Registered: 8-2010
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 - 5:12 pm:   Edit Post

The strings don't stretch much after a week and several touch-up tunings. HMMM...
flpete1uw
Junior
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 24
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 - 6:42 pm:   Edit Post

New to me, ever since I received my first Alembic I find a need to tune her up every day. All strings will be either sharp or flat by the same amount. Depending on the Temps and Humidity. New to me is that my Fender P tends to stay set. Don't mind, I just have to keep a closer eye on it.

Recieved the Planet Wave tuner today. Some getting used to for the reading isn't instantaneous. It A/B's with my other tuner well. Not to mention fitting in the case and being almost hidden from view I might just set and forget it and leave it on. I Love when things come together.
811952
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 2161
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 1:43 pm:   Edit Post

I check tuning before every set and after particularly ambitious songs. I tend to flog the instrument and sometimes it pulls it out a little bit. I've done this with every instrument I've owned, including a Steinberger L2A. If it's got strings, I can pull it out of tune.

John
alembickoa
Member
Username: alembickoa

Post Number: 86
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 8:29 pm:   Edit Post

I just bought a Snark...great tuner for bass & guitar. Love it. Beats the pants off of my 100.00 Boss.
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 10594
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 10:19 am:   Edit Post

John; I've seen your videos. I would tend to describe your handling of the strings as perhaps more "loving" than "flogging", but your word choice does make the point better. And I too tend to pull my strings out of tune, with a technique that might be described as flogging lovingly aggressive.
811952
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 2179
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2012 - 8:16 am:   Edit Post

Er, yes, "lovingly aggressive" seems to, er, "cover all the basses" quite well.. ;)

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