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Subject: Superior Tuner
Author: Skip Cons

posted 08-01-99 01:05 AM Pacific (US)

I'm a stickler for accuracy and precision and as a result, I was having a hellva time finding a tuner to meet my stickling requirement.

In my quest, I found a Korg MT-1200 that seemed to do the trick, but when I started to play with it, it fell quite short.
Last week however, I ran across a web site that was advertising a small strobe tuner with programmable temperament. Looking further I became more intrigued and subsequently bought one.
I just received it yesterday and it's blowing me away!.
It has two pages of note memory with 88 notes each. So I was able to program each memory page to each of my necks, C6th and E9th respectively, to the exact temperament according to Jeff Newman, down to +_ 0.2 cents.
Once I had both necks programmed, It took me about five minutes to tune up both necks, pedals and knees. Once I got the hang of it, I kept the wrench in my hand, I could go through BOTH necks in less than a minute.
I dial up the note, hit the string and steady out the rotating led strobe display and it's tuned down to the knats whisker, or to whatever temperament you have programmed

In addition to that, I can dial in an offset which will shift the WHOLE temperament memory(both pages) up or down to compensate for some purest who wants it his(or her) way.

Say this leader dude comes to the gig with a sick guitar, or keyboard, or heaven forbid, a b@nj@r, which he wants everyone to tune to him, or maybe he's sick!!.
So he plays his set note, I look at it with the tuner, turn the calibrate knob until the strobe stabilizes, and Walla!, I have the offset in cents his set note is from my tuning. I then dial in that offset into the tuner, and than I can retune my strings to the strobe within a minute or so. I think that is awesome.

With that amount of note memory, you could program your Base, 6 string, fiddle, and even your b@nj@r.

The fact that it's as accurate and as precision as it is, kinda gives me a warm feeling that what I put in is what I will get out..

The other question is however, is WHO's tuning does one go with??.
Emmons has a tuning, Jeffran College uses another, and there are a dozen more.
How does go about figuring out what the exact Just Intonation should be in order to both compensate for the imperfect interval inherent i n the music AND what the pressure of pedals do to the strings physically???

Anyway, I happy now that I can feel secure that at least I can assure my instrument is putting out what I am telling it to.

Whadda think?

If you're interested at looking at this thing for yourself, you can dial it up at www.izzy.net

Now I have an extra Korg to get rid of.

You know what, now that I think about it, this might be more apropos at the technical post, I'll put one there too and b0b can adjust accordingly

Steel forever!.

sc

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Paul Guy Guitars
From: Paul Guy

Hi Jim -

Must let you know that I am absolutely knocked out with the PST-2! It really lives up to your claims, and to my expectations.

It is really easy to use and to read, the response time and sensitivity are amazing. I like the size and weight and the packaging, it feels very solid, looks good and is an impressive piece of professional gear.

I find it much easier to use for Feiten intonation than the Peterson... I have been running it in series with the (calibrated) Peterson and finding no discrepancies whatever. I am quite satisfied that your specifications are solid!

I'm going to put a piece in the "New Products" column in the next issue of "FUZZ", and add it to my catalog. For anyone who wants or needs a strobe tuner the PST-2 is unbeatable for value and accuracy.

About all I could wish for with the PST-2 would be a couple more temperament memories (for the different types of guitars), and that the knob was on the right of the panel instead, as if I use my right hand, it obscures the numerical display. But that's a minor thing, I guess that's a guitarist talking, I suspect that a piano tuner would normally use his left hand.

Thanks for an excellent instrument!

Best regards

Paul