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Portland CL: Conn Strobotuner

Postby hrender » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:54 pm

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Re: Portland CL: Conn Strobotuner

Postby bigtubby » Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:23 pm

Memory lane! There are several of those lying about here, including a couple of the old brown ones. They sort of match my (used every day) Simpson 260 VOM.
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Re: Portland CL: Conn Strobotuner

Postby the elephant » Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:41 pm

Man, I would kill to have one of those in working order. Best tuners ever. You can tune 3rds, 7ths, 5ths or just equal temper. Strobes are so much better than these cheap digital tuners we use today, which are frequently wrong. These are the real deal. Wish I had the cash and were up in Oregon...
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Re: Portland CL: Conn Strobotuner

Postby Donn » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:30 pm

Not being a music major, I missed the day where they show you how it works, so the one I saw once or twice back in the '80s was just pale orange psychedelia. But this one looks fundamentally different, like it lights up on a sort of pitch dial position, where the one I remember was equally bright all the way around.

I have an android stroboscope tuner app on my cellular phone, but best as I can make out, it doesn't have any useful features beyond an ordinary tuner app. Not that it has much to go on, as I'm sure the builtin mic is not much.
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Re: Portland CL: Conn Strobotuner

Postby bigtubby » Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:29 pm

the elephant wrote:Man, I would kill to have one of those in working order. Best tuners ever. You can tune 3rds, 7ths, 5ths or just equal temper. Strobes are so much better than these cheap digital tuners we use today, which are frequently wrong. These are the real deal. Wish I had the cash and were up in Oregon...

You realize that there are many quite accurate digital implementations of this concept, correct? Ranging from pretty decent cell phone apps to, say, the Petersons.
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Re: Portland CL: Conn Strobotuner

Postby the elephant » Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:27 pm

That is what I use: Peterson iStroboSoft. It is excellent. Best digital tuner I have ever used. It works ("hears") like a strobe. Much easier to use for tuning chords in the orchestra section. But a real StroboConn is still the shiznit. I have one of these. The various digital strobe-like apps work pretty well because the listen for the same thing as a strobe. We have tested out about 25 phone tuners and handheld digitals (like Korg, etc.) and all the fake strobes match and the purely digital apps and tuners not only do not match the strobes but do not match each other.

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(This one is not mine. The one I own is currently nonfunctional. I will be restoring it to new condition sometime this coming summer. I love these old tuners.)
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