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I would have given this 4 stars if it hadn't been for the instructions - I am using it on acoustic guitars, bouzouki and mandolin and it seems pretty accurate and picks up the resonance more reliably from the headstock than my previous clip-on tuner. However, when I read the instructions, it says 'Do not use on any Gibson guitar or guitar with nitrocellulose finish'. It also advises against using it on instruments having polyurethane, French polish or oil finishes. As far as I am aware, all my guitars, and most high end guitars, have nitrocellulose finish, some cheaper guitars have polyurethane and some expensive guitars have French polish or oiled finish. I am at a bit of a loss as to what acoustic guitar you could use this on, according to the instructions. I can only guess that the manufacturers are paranoid about a slight risk of damage to finish so put this in as a kind of disclaimer, but a clip on guitar tuner that advises you not to use it on pretty much any acoustic guitar seems a bit useless to me. I use it, but don't leave it on when I don't need it. Perhaps the manufacturer would be happy with it on some electric guitars, depending on finish, or perhaps a plastic ukulele!
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.)
Works great and easy to use, only problem I can see is that the brackets to rotate it look like they are cheaply made and I could see them breaking off if rotated too often, for me not a great design, shame that it spoils what is a very good tuner. Price was fair and will do what I need it to do, I would not leave it on the guitar but remove it after each use. Happy with purchase and if it lasts for 12 months then for me, it is good value.
The only issue I have with it is, that the Hz mode always turns off after 2 or, at the most, 3 strings. Even when constantly picking a string. That is very nervy because you have always to start from the top again, with your 6 string. Costing a load of time. I tried different techniques to avoid that, to no avail. Maybe I just got a bad calibrated piece. In its normal mode the tuner works brilliantly, very fast.
It's light and has a bright display. It responds quickly. But for my ears the tuning is not discerning enough. I can tune all the strings green but when I play a chord I can hear the tuning can be a little off. It's not much but it's there. I've been playing for 30 years, and don't have this issue with other tuners.
This product works fine. I have had it over a year but never used the Hz thingy; so that feature was wasted on me. After one year of use, the flimsy swivel ball and cup that connects the head to the clip has failed and is hanging on by a thread. Once this goes, its probably useless. Bad design. This works as good as any other tuner I have bought so I will buy a cheaper one next time.
I purchased this to replace a tuner for my Bb clarinet. The reviews and specification state that it is suitable for all instruments and it has a transposing function. This is only partially correct. There are very limited transposing facilities and they are intended for guitars with capos, not for general wind instruments in Bb, Eb, A, etc. Therefore you have to use concert pitch when tuning.
Otherwise it seems fine. I would have sent it back but I'd marked it with my id before I realised.
This device works very well but is unreliable and has short battery life. I am now on my second, the first just stopped working. Good features-you can leave it on and check your (violin/viola) tuning as you play (at least on long notes e.g. 'am I getting that top A in tune?). Bad - battery life & flimsy construction.
This tuner lasted me almost a year, not bad I suppose. However, the last 5 months of its life it was supported by glue and tape as the three little parts that held the head on broke off over time. Tuner is quite accurate and works well, just wish it was a more solid design. Have come back now a year later and will be buying another brand clip on to try.