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Peterson StroboStomp Tuner

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Peterson StroboStomp Tuner

A users’ forum at the Peterson Web site displays a picture of a giant truck rolling over the British company’s StroboStomp tuner, an attempt to show the durability of the unit’s casing. Cleverly modeled after an Aston Martin sports car, and die-cast from sturdy aluminum frame, the StroboStomp is just a bit larger than a Boss pedal. After a few weeks of testing, I can confirm that this tuner is the sturdy ally that the Web site images suggest-that is if musicians will invest the time required to learn how to use it properly.

Those who have never used a strobe tuner will have to readjust to Peterson’s method, where a four-column set of bars scroll up and down the bright LED display to indicate the sharpness (up) or flatness (down) of notes being scrutinized. It takes patience to become comfortable with the method, but in the end it’s a more precise method of tuning. Encompassing a range that goes well beyond that of the guitars and basses it’s designed for, the StroboStomp is stated to be accurate within 1/10th of a cent in pitch. I tuned various guitars and a couple basses, and this is one deadly accurate tuner-as it should be, considering its $309 list price.

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