Should the tuner needle come back to the middle and stay?

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Should the tuner needle come back to the middle and stay?

Postby Bob Lewis » Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:37 am

The early peak reading on the meter should be ignored. It should be briefly stable after a second or two at a slightly lower reading, then dropping off. Use that secondary reading.

If you have to strike the string hard to get a reading, the tuner should be moved closer or set on top of the chord bars.

If you are striking the string hard, it will register sharp. Use a reading with a moderate pluck.

Generally, you will do better with a clip on pickup, clipping that sensor to about three different zone positions near the area being tuned. I clip mine to a tuning pin.

The autoharp does not put out enough sound to drive the little microphone on many common tuners. The pickup takes care of that.
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