Korg OT-120 Orchestral Tuner
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68 of 69 found the following review helpful:
Better than expected for piano tuning. Jan 12, 2009
I purchased this for tuning my violin and piano, assuming it would do a great job on the violin (it does) but was wary of how it would work on the piano. I had been using a Peterson Virtual Stobe tuner for years, using standard piano-tuning techniques and equipment, and preferred tuning to a strobe rather than to a needle or LEDs. But battery leakage had put my VS out of commission. With the Peterson VS having its own imperfections, and a new one now running 3-4 times the cost of the Korg OT-120, I decided to give the Korg a try. (I also purchased the clip mike just in case its built-in mike balked at some of the overtones on my older piano.) I now use the Korg OT-120 regularly, not only to tune my piano and violin, but also as a practicing aid for the violin. It's very responsive and useful in verifying that I'm hitting pitch. After a few months of use I can say that the Korg OT-120 has exceeded my expectations for ease-of-use, value, and effectiveness for tuning my violin and piano, and for practice (strings). The tone generator is useful for ear training as well as for tuning. The display is smaller than I'm used to on the Peterson, but then again the Korg is much more portable. The clip microphone has come in handy for tuning some of the trickier strings at the lower and higher octaves, but I don't need to use it very often. Although I prefer the strobe for how it linearly visualizes pitch adjustment, it took less than half a tuning session to re-adapt to a needle/LED style display. Note: The Peterson has a larger number of tuning temperments than the Korg, so if you're tuning for early music make sure to review the temperments available on the Korg before buying. Nor can you store custom temperments on it.
17 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Korg OT-120 Oct 22, 2008
By Gustavo Beaklini
"Gustavo Beaklini harpist"
I am a harpist in Brazil and I need a tuner that helps me tunning 47 strings quick and precisely in less than 15 minutes berofe concerts and practice time. Korg OT-120 helps me in this job.
20 of 23 found the following review helpful:
Excelent response time Jan 15, 2007
By Antonio Noriega
The response time is really fast and accuracy, My father use the tuner for percussion instruments, marimba, lira, xylophones, etc. The Tuner is for professionals, my father made instruments the tuners are using for industrial purposes, OT-120 is the best.
10 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Nice Tuner Nov 30, 2007
By Jeffrey D. Jeffers
The Korg OT-120 is pretty sensitive. I bought it because it promised to be capable of tuning a piano. I used it with two piano the day I bought it. I also bought the Korg Contact Microphone, if I hadn't had it I probably wouldn't have had much success. I had to keep moving the microphone to different location on the piano and even then, at times it wouldn't pick up the vibrations. Don't get me wrong, I like it, but it does have it's limits. For the price it's a good machine.
9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Need a reliable tuner for your piano? Mar 01, 2011
I purchased the Korg OT-120 tuner after seeing several reviews of the product. For me, the price at Amazon is competitive with other retailers. I wanted to use this tuner for piano tuning. It has several features that I found helpful. First is the microphone pick-up that is on the back of the tuner is sensitive when placed near the strings and used in a quiet environment. Second, the needle dial is quite helpful in finding the correct pitch as well as the indicator lights for flats and sharps. I purchased the microphone, yet I really don't see that much more sensitivity using it. The lowest octave and the highest octave are not really picked up by the tuner so you will have to use your ear to get those scales tuned with the rest of your octaves. For me, this was a good investment for my money, I would buy the tuner again. I wish it came with an AC adaptor, you will have to purchase one as batteries will eventually drain down.
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