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I'm buying a tuner to use when I practice my soprano. What should I be looking for?
 

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There are several freeware/shareware tuners out their that work with your computer.

For a more portable option, The best selling is, I believe, the Korg CA-30. There are also clipon leads available if you must tune in a noisy environment
 

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Korg makes a good tuner. I have a DT-1 tuner that is so old it was made in Japan and has a serial number!
 

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I use a Korg CA-20 I don't know if they make that model anymore, it is about 8 yrs. old. Cost was under $16 in bulk. When I was teaching band I bought a few dozen and would have about 6 or 8 "floating" aroung the band room for kids to use. Sold the rest at cost to students.
About the size of the orig. ipod.
 

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I've got a couple Seiko SAT500 chromatic tuners. They're small enough to fit in your sax case. If I remember correctly they are in the $25 or less price range.
 

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bandmommy said:
I've got a couple Seiko SAT500 chromatic tuners. They're small enough to fit in your sax case. If I remember correctly they are in the $25 or less price range.
Another vote for the Seiko.
Mine has key adjustment so you can set it to Eb, Bb, C or F
 

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I use the Korg TM-40, which also includes a really good metronome. The tuner has an LCD display, which looks like an analog needle, and refreshes quickly. I don't really notice much lag at all. In addition the the needle, there are three lights indicating tuning as well. If you hit the note dead on, the center green light comes on. A little flat, and the green and a red light to the left come on. A little sharp, and the center green and a red light to right come on. If you get too sharp or flat, only the red light displays.

The benefit of the lights is that you can spot check your tuning while playing by glancing at colored lights out of the corner of your eye, keeping your main focus on the sheet music.

The unit is pretty tough. It's fallen a couple of times off the music stand and hasn't died. Also, the metronome and tuner can be used simultaneously. I think it costs about $30 most places.
 

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Do you know why I still use the Korg DT-1 after 20 years of use? It cost $100! For that much, I had to get my money's worth out of it!
 

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I use the Korg CA-30. It does everything you need it to do and it's $20. I lost one and didn't hesitate to get another one. Small, can calibrate the tuning (from A=410 to A=480), it makes an audible tone (all 12 notes) if you want. And guitarists like it because you can plug directly in to it.
 

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I;ve got both the Seiko and the Korg units that are being mentioned (SAT500/CA30). What can I say - i must just be one of those "belt and braces" kind of guys! The Seiko feels really solid and I believe features an exact digital reading that tells you in figures how out of tune you are. Very considerate of it, i must say. They're both absolutely fine but the Seiko does feel more solid. OTOH the korg is smaller, if that matters.
 

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I have a Korg CA-30 which is a very good little tuner for the price. Also since said Korg got packed up with the rest of my stuff in storage. I picked up a tuner/metronome from Cherub at a local music shop for $20 which has proven very good on tour with me. It is small so it travels well in my road case, has a basic multi-function subdividing metronome, and I haven't been able to use up a battery yet through 4 months of every day practice/rehearsal and 7 months (100 shows) of tour. Both are not bad for around $20
 
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