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I have several of the earlier versions of the Snark, having been a fan since their inception. This new version is a much brighter and clearer screen than previous ones and works faster too. The hz button works fine and the reading is clear although relatively small on the main screen. Like the Peterson tuners the hz display is about getting very fine tuning, however fans of the strobe tuning on those won’t have the same visual cues. The Snark is good enough to get my Classicals and Electrics easily and quickly in tune. The instructions do say do not put it on ANY Gibson guitar and nitrocellulose finishes, the previous reviewer was right about that. Older versions of the Snark had similar warnings but not about Gibson specifically. I did notice some minor pressure marks on two French polished guitars but I did leave the old Snark tuner in situ for long periods and the marks were easily polished out. I had no issues on Ibanez guitars at all. This new tuner will sit on a Cordoba dolce headstock most of the time and so far no marks but it’s only been on a couple of days. I didn’t know whether the Gibson thing might have been a bit of a poke at Gibson - The Gibson’s I have owned and played weren’t that great with intonation etc.. The odd pressure marks came off easily with Mr.Sheen (natural) and microfibre cloth. For the cost of around £20.00 this is the best value clip on tuner there is.
An update in Nov 2020. Still the best and have come done to £14.99. I now have a third and they function perfectly and have NO issues with marks on the headstocks other than my comments in 2018.
Neat design- clips onto head of your guitar. the jaws of the clamp are well padded to avoid making marks (NB there are some warnings that it can harm the paint eg nitro-celluose on some guitars, so check before hand) The display is bright so great if playing in bars or pubs. Red is flat, green is good and yellow is sharp. The controls are simple - you can set the frequency level- 440 is the default. Seems to pick vibration from instruments well so not distracted by other sounds in the environment.
Brilliant little gadget. Bought as an update for the old needle variety one I had for my violin. This little gadget not only had my new cello tuned in less than a 1/4 the time it took with my old tuner but also helped me work out where to put my fingers on the fingerboard to find the notes accurately. Tuned my violin in seconds too. Very pleased and wish I had had one sooner.
A great tuner!,saves having to plug in my electric into an FX unit or tuner,as it tuned it up without no amplification,with the TV on in the background!. Also did a great job on my 2 acoustics in the same enviroment. Thanks to the HZ feature,you can dial this in to unbelievable accuracy,or alternative tuneings,without issue.Also tunes with a capo!. The best tuner I own by far. Has a nice quality feel to it too,especially the clip,and it puts my Ibanez chromatic tuner to shame. It may be slightly pricey,but trust me,it is worth the extra outlay,as you wont be disappointed!.!
I returned the first SNARK HZ I ordered because all it seemed to do was flash '0000' when I used it's frequency counter. Its replacement did exactly the same!! This SNARK HZ model may work well for guitars but I suggest you DO NOT BUY this model if you want frequency info for violin, octave-violin, mandolin and Irish mandola unless you are prepared to use a calculator!!! For all these instruments the results were the SAME, irrespective of octave. In ascending order of strings, G read 96.8, D 73.1, A 54.7, E, 41.3 Hz, factors of half, quarter, eighth and sixteenth adrift of their actual values, and half those factors for the octave instruments!. This accounted for the lower frequency readings for the higher the string!! The 'tuner' function was good, clear and fast however.
I think this device requires a firmware or ASIC modification because the 'SUPER TIGHT HZ' certainly doesn't do what is says on its box!!!!!!!. Let's hope SNARK's HZ MKII will be better! ( I'll be keeping the tuner as it's too much hassle to change it.)
After using an assortment of other tuners I mainly use these. They are consistent, accurate, and easy to read. As with all tuners they tend to be better for some uses than others, though with a bit of imagination you can use them to tune almost anything within reason.
New musicians may find a different tuner that reminds them of what their instrument is meant to be tuned to, i.e. a uke setting say. (Remembering that your dog has fleas isn't always what folks need!)
The colour display is so much clearer than a simulated black needle display.
Weaknesses - after much use my eldest shed the rubber pad on half its clip, an adhesive hard rubber pad appears to got over that problem, otherwise I have four usually attached to the headstock of something and had no problems whatever, keeping a spare battery handy is always a good idea for when youve squeezed the last glimmer from the display.
I have a Snark "Supertight" which features hz tuning and chromatic tuning other than concert if you like. I never use these. Before playing, I clip it on the headstock of my Gibson acoustic, tune and then remove the tuner so as not to damage the guitar's finish (how much does that matter, really? but I take it off). In the distant past I've used Korg, Boss etc but I generally tune by ear to a favourite known record. This tuner is less hassle and of course I can tune anywhere. We'll have to see about battery life and replacement but my use of it is very brief then I turn it off. I can't answer for the fancy stuff, I have the attention span of a gnat but it does come with instructions for all that.
I have had a war with tuners over the years. Whether that was an old-fashioned box with a mic and socket or a mechanical Roady tuner, they have always been so damned fiddly.
This is my first journey into vibration-based tuning, and I love it!
I am using this on my Taylor and my Strat, and it works quickly, it is really easy, no messing with leads and the display is perfect. I must admit I am not using the Hz display much, but I have dipped into it occasionally, mostly for fun. Next up is to try it on my other instruments.
This is my second Snark tuner, an HZ Super Tight. As with my last one ( a Super Tight) bought Around 3 years ago, the tuning is accurate, simple, speedy and so much better than the other tuners, both clip on and chromatic, that I’ve owned. But I particularly wanted to acknowledge the outstanding service delivered by Snark. On a recent trip with my guitar, I found that the clip had broken whilst stored in my case. I ordered a replacement but thought I would see if I could obtain a new clip from Snark. They kindly sent me a replacement FOC, from USA to UK. Great service! And tremendous tuners!
I found this tuner accurate and easy to use. However after 1 year it broke, one of the 3 plastic prongs on the socket on the tuner (where the ball of the mounting clip plugs in) broke off. At first I couldn't see how this had happened as I'd always used it carefully but looking at it closely I could see that it had been broken before and fixed back. There is clear evidence of what looks like superglue. The repair would have been virtually impossible to see as the break it very clean. I suspect this is a returned item possibly broken and returned as faulty by someone else and repaired. Either way it was not new as advertised. I guess a consequences of buying from Amazon and why I no longer do so.