Outdoor Performance of Electronic Tuners?

Discussion in 'rec.music.guitar' started by Richard Mende, Aug 29, 2003.

  1. Hi, there

    I've got a Seiko chromatic ST-747 tuner. I've been using it for
    years, and I've been very pleased with its performance.

    Recently we did an outdoor concert. The tuner was wildly inaccurate and
    completely unpredictable.

    There was no other music playing at the time. There was a fairly brisk
    wind and crowd noise. We were under a canvas canopy.

    Can anyone enlighten me about this strange phenomenon?

    tia

    --
    Richard Mende
    FLY THE NET
    ramende@sympatico.ca
    http://www3.sympatico.ca/ramende/
  2. Jeff Gross

    Jeff Gross Guest

    I've never had problems with digital tuners (or strobes for that matter)
    outdoors. I'm not familiar with your tuner, but if it's got a needle in
    a meter, it's not the most accurate type of tuner to begin with. Some
    things that *might* make a difference could be:
    1. the wind - if it's strong enough to make the other strings besides
    the one you're tuning move even a little, it can give false readings on
    the tuner. You'd have to be standing just right (or wrong) to catch wind
    with a guitar string, but it's possible. I doubt crowd noise would
    matter much. I've tuned in front of over 20,000 people while the rest of
    the band played on and didn't have a problem with my little $90 digital
    stomp box tuner.
    2. crappy power - if your tuner is powered by batteries, you're good for
    power if they have juice but if it's plugged in (even w/ a wall wart),
    you're st the mercy of often unregulated power from anything from a
    street light to the sewage treatment plant 3 block away. Get a power
    conditioner at the least, and to really protect your stuff, get a UPS
    for computers to regulate, power and protect your equipment and plug all
    your personal stuff (amp, effects, etc) into that.

    Good luck,
    - Jeff G
    http://dirty-ernie.com


    Richard Mende wrote:

    >Hi, there
    >
    >I've got a Seiko chromatic ST-747 tuner. I've been using it for
    >years, and I've been very pleased with its performance.
    >
    >Recently we did an outdoor concert. The tuner was wildly inaccurate and
    >completely unpredictable.
    >
    >There was no other music playing at the time. There was a fairly brisk
    >wind and crowd noise. We were under a canvas canopy.
    >
    >Can anyone enlighten me about this strange phenomenon?
    >
    >tia
    >
    >--
    >Richard Mende
    >FLY THE NET
    >ramende@sympatico.ca
    >http://www3.sympatico.ca/ramende/
    >
    >
    >
    >

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