View Full Version : Strobe Tuner ??
01-13-2002, 11:26 AM
Looking around the net for Tuners, I ran accross the Peterson VS Virtual Strobe tuner. It is supposed to be the nearest one can get to a 'fabulously priced' Real Strobe tuner. At around $200. IT has a selection of temperments, (possibly programmable temperments, the ad was unclear on that)a selection of keys, and it is supposed to be accurate to 1/10th of a cent. close to perfect on this thing, is supposedly 4 times better than a'green light perfect" on digital chromatic tuners. It is also supposed to be fast enough to take readings while playing.
Has anyone tried one of these?
01-14-2002, 07:18 AM
I bought a Peterson strobe tuner. It works, but it's probably overkill for tuning pipe band drones.
Neat device though.
01-14-2002, 08:03 AM
When I first started at NCSU we had an original Strobo-Conn tuner. Fully chromatic. Tuning wheels spinning away. Ran on tubes, so you had to wait a bit for it to come on. Absolutly amazing tuner! Was neat watching it follow the chanter up the scale. Also really good for seeing the harmonics, since all the wheels were active all the time. Peterson is the only company I know still making these, but the 12 wheel ones are around $2k or so. You can find them on ebay sometimes, along with original Conn models.
I've never tried the virtual one. As Chris said, probably a little overkill, but would seem like it would get the job donen quite well.
01-14-2002, 07:00 PM
Partly what I had in mind was chanter tuning. With the selection of temperments, and keys it would certainly be more possible. Especialy if one can program their own prefered temperment.
Also I have it in mind for experimental purposes, including reedmaking, reed adjusting and whatnot.