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Not Exactly Violin, but Violinists May Have Seen This
Looking for a tuner for low notes
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March 3, 2019 - 1:14 pm
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This is not exactly “violin” related, but this will get viewed here more and violinists may have run across what I am asking about.

I am trying to find an instant read tuner for my cello. I do NOT do apps or online tuners. They are not instant read, or pretty instant, anyway. So, I am not looking for apps or online sites.

On my violin I use the D’Addario NEC (?) tuner. It clips to the body next to the neck. It is very accurate and pretty much instant read. I think it is because the little rubber feet touch the violin edge and gets vibration, but not positive.

My cello tuner clips to the tailpiece and there is a lot of time between bowing a string and seeing the note registered. I am usually bowing the next string before that note shows up. I need it to let me make sure I am actually fingering the right spot while playing until I get the fingering down. Having to redo is proving to be extremely difficult. 

So, the tuner is not going to be used to tune and then removed. It will be used to tune, but then as a guide while playing until I improve. There is just too much to be concentrating on right now to be constantly trying to make sure I am on the right spot. My hold was wrong for many years, as was my fingers on the fingerboard. That is my concern right now. 

The other problem is that the tuners I find are not good for low register notes. The D and A strings are not as bad, but the C and G strings are wicked slow. I am looking for cello specific. The minute they say they are for guitar, violin, viola, cello and bass, I know the response time for the lower registered strings and notes will be greatly lacking. I found one that said it was for cello. Well, reading the description, it was for all, the same issue will exist.

I saw one that gets attached to the f hole. I do not think so. I can see that f hole being broken by my bowing. 

The tuner needs to be attached to the cello in a way to get the note registered and displayed quickly, but not in the way of my bowing, but visible. And it must be for low register notes found on a cello or bass. Any suggestions?

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