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Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby ghiadub » Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:28 am

I was checking out some video of a recent show and noticed I left my clip on tuner attached to my bass headstock the whole show, is this a faux pas?

I am interested to hear your opinion.
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Re: Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby aussiemark » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:20 pm

Not really. Clip on tuners on the headstock are the new cigarette.
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Re: Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby GonzoBass » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:33 am

I've had them fly across the stage at me more than once though.
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Re: Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby steveonbass » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:43 am

I don't think there is anything wrong with it. Acoustic players leave them on so why not a bass player? I don't have luck with those tuners - they are not great for 4 in-line headstocks IME.
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Re: Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby harleyyy » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:47 am

The likeness is to that of a pacifier in a baby's mouth.

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Re: Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby Mike Childree » Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:15 pm

Virtually all bluegrass players leave theirs clipped-on...no time to dig the thing out when you have to tune between every song.
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Re: Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby jshilgebass » Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:33 pm

As I play acoustic guitar as much as I play bass, I see a lot more of the clip-on tuners used by acoustic guitar players...and none among all the bass players that I know of or have seen play. Clip-ons seem to work better on guitars than on a bass...although there are exceptions like Tim and his Allen acoustic-electric bass .

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Re: Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby ghiadub » Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:37 pm

I use my peterson strobo iPhone app most of the time. I love that little thing. It's a no go at gigs though until I get the dongle to let it work silently.

The trick to getting a clip on to work on the A and E or B string is to play a harmonic.
But I have to do that for every tuner except the strobo. For me, most tuners get all whacky on the low notes and my lack of any treble coming off the bass probibly does not help either (the Rob Allen has a "hidden" tone control in the cavity that I keep rolloed off)
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Re: Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby harleyyy » Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:51 pm

ghiadub wrote:I use my peterson strobo iPhone app most of the time. I love that little thing. It's a no go at gigs though until I get the dongle to let it work silently.


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Re: Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby Sloom » Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:46 am

I hit the 12th harmonic and then hit again, repeatedly, without the harmonic. Depending on the tuner and how "good" you get at it, it works. But I like to get rid of it for playing. It reminds me of those Bluetooth earpieces people go around on their ears... won't get used to 'em. I tuned, I try not to make that a part of my own presentation.

I don't keep my toothbrush clipped to my bass either. [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]
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Re: Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby KPJ » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:02 am

Sloom wrote:I hit the 12th harmonic and then hit again, repeatedly, without the harmonic. Depending on the tuner and how "good" you get at it, it works. But I like to get rid of it for playing. It reminds me of those Bluetooth earpieces people go around on their ears... won't get used to 'em. I tuned, I try not to make that a part of my own presentation.

I don't keep my toothbrush clipped to my bass either. [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]


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Re: Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby Sloom » Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:26 am

KPJ wrote:
Sloom wrote:I hit the 12th harmonic and then hit again, repeatedly, without the harmonic. Depending on the tuner and how "good" you get at it, it works. But I like to get rid of it for playing. It reminds me of those Bluetooth earpieces people go around on their ears... won't get used to 'em. I tuned, I try not to make that a part of my own presentation.

I don't keep my toothbrush clipped to my bass either. [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]


So you're saying you're not Pat Metheney?


Well, I didn't say that, Kev... [smilie=icon_biggrin.gif]
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Re: Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby Gil Escalera » Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:53 am

I don't trust them for bass because of the tracking issues most have on the lower frequencies. I also don't need another distraction, because I would keep looking at it "just because." [smilie=fun_84.gif]
I was brought up (tuning-wise) on Strobe tuners and they are my preference. My tuners are Peterson Strobes (stomp and flip).

I do like them for acoustic guitar. As a matter of fact, I'm going to be getting the Korg AW-2G as a gift for a young musician I've had the pleasure of working with who is moving on. This one scores well [on acoustic guitars] as far as speed and accuracy, plus it's not as conspicuous as some of the others (i.e. Peterson and Snark).

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Re: Performing with a clip on tuner

Postby bigfatbass » Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:47 am

The Intelli-Touch PT-10 Tracks the low B on my Hoyt, and my Lakland 55-01, no harmonic required. It is also one of the smallest/cheapest/most readable versions out there. Until they make one that folds flush, and doesn't have a big clip sticking off the end, it's the best I've found. About $30.

Most of my basses stay in tune for the night, so no issue with leaving it on the headstock. I only need it there 2 or 3 times a show anyway.

I think it looks a bit cheezy, but some are worse than others, and it depends on the bass. With the dark headstock and black hardware on the Hoyt it is barely noticeable from the crowd. On the blond/silver hardware of the 55-01 it totally stands out.

For studio work and big stages I still always have my Peterson stomp plugged in.
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