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Sonic Research Turbo Tuner ST-122
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Submitted: January 19th, 2009
by ragnarokzwei
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Sound Quality
The tuner is extremely responsive. While the display is very good, and strobe technology allows for so much extra detail to be shown, and accurate tuning, the real benefit of this tuner comes from the instantaneous response of the display. You cannot imagine how much time this saves! Whereas, with a cheaper needle-tuner, the unit sometimes "thinks" for a second before showing you the tuning, this one is instantaneous. I can tune up all of my guitars in 10-15 seconds now, to a very high precision. The precision of the tuner, also, is a benefit, but at first can throw you off, because when you hit a string, it will show the string start out sharp, and then settle kind of flat. For my students, they think that the tuner is sending them mixed messges. But, it is just hearing what the string's true tuning is, at any point. When you become familiar with the range of each of your strings tunings, then you can really narrow down exactly what range you would like them to have. Stompbox version has true bypass, which is a godsend.
These are built very well. The desktop version is a plastic one, and the stompbox version is very heavy duty, with a rugged true bypass switch.
General Comments
Both the stomp and desktop versions of this tuner have become invaluable. Being in tune is so much of an issue for guitar players. It's nice to "finally" have a tuner that is well designed and functional. I had a peterson strobo stomp, and it was nice, but kind of a headache, and made out of very cheap plastic. It was hard to read what was going on in the display. The turbo tuner is so much more practical and well thought out than anything on the market, and reasonably priced to boot!!! If the company ever goes under, I would want to stock up on a lifetime supply of their tuners. To break it down: Instantaneous Response, Good Build Quality, Extremely Accurate, Easy To See Display, True Bypass (on stomp), Customer Service, Low Price = Best Tuner Ever.
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