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Looking for a quick response tuner for my cello
Cellos have low notes and with the tuners that clip to the tailpiece there is too much lag.
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I am looking for a tuner for my cellos. I like the NEC Micro tuner that I clip to the body of my violin. It gets the vibration and has an almost immediate response. I can’t get one  like that for my cello.

When I tune my cello, there is such a lag between the string action and the tuner clipped to my tailpiece. It is not one that gets a read from the instrument vibration.

I was looking at the Korg CA-2. It was on the Fiddlerman site, but it was not there this evening. Don’t know why. Guess they don’t sell it any longer. What I was looking at with this was the cable with a clip on mic. The mic and cable comes with it. I figured that little mic could be clipped on the bottom of the bridge so it could pick up vibration and sound quickly. It should show up on the tuner’s screen fairly quickly, in theory. It comes with the cabled mic. The other thing was that since it is not clipped to the tailpiece like the Snark, my bowing will not block the view. The screen part of the tuner will be on the floor, or my music stand (depending on how long the cable is).

Another Korg I just found tonight is the Korg TM60C CmbomTuner Metronome with Contact Microphone. I really could use the metronome with it. The rest is the same deal as the CA-2, I think. I could clip the mic at the bottom of the bridge, where it would be out of the way of bowing, the tuner screen part would be on my music stand, or facing up on the floor. This one is not on the Fiddlerman Shop site, either. 

Has anyone used one of these? 

Ok, I am not interested whatsoever in any app for my phone for a tuner or metronome. So, please no app recommendations. I am not killing my battery while playing my cello, nor am I interested in updating more apps. I don’t keep my phone on my music stand, or on the floor. I can see it falling off the music stand into the floor. I can see myself putting the cello through endpin through the screen if it is on the floor.

Thanks for any information.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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I know you don't want to go the app route, but reconsider it. It really has been the best option for me and the most sensitive. App I use is free, it's called piascore if you decide to try it.

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Thanks, Heinrich, but I am dead set against an app. Really looking for some info on tbe items mentioned or recommenations of similar that will do the trick. Thanks for taking the time, though, really appreciate it.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Fiddlerman
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March 12, 2019 - 10:55 am
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One can go old school and buy an A tuning fork, then tune the fifths. It's great for training your ears!

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@Fiddlerman I think they are really expensive, aren’t they? I am not sure I have anything I could ding it against and set it on to have it emit the sound. That is what you do, right? Do you get one for each string? That would even be more $$$’s. 

How do they work, meaning how do you do it, not any scientific facts about soundwaves and how they get to my ears. My head would explode. 

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March 14, 2019 - 3:00 pm
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They are not expensive but the idea is to use one and tune the other strings in relation to the one string. The standard A is not at the same octave as the tuning fork but you would recognize the correct pitch. I might have a hard time explaining but perhaps I can make a video. 🙂

https://fiddlershop.com/products/planet-waves-tuning-fork

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@Fiddlerman  A video would be great!

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Will do Cynthia. You are welcome to remind me later during the week if you like. I have a great memory but it's super short. 😜

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