Timing and Tuning

Below you can find our selection of metronomes, tuners, and other items used for tuning and timing in music.

Korg MA-20 – The standard in compact, easy to use metronomes. The MA-20 is exceptionally durable and more than able to stand up to years of heavy use in orchestra or marching band. It includes both a fully adjustable metronome and a pitch generator, which helps you to tune your instrument by matching the pitch that the MA-20 is set for. The metronome’s features include an adjustable speed (BPM), beat pattern (3/4, 4/4, 12/8, etc.), and subdivision pattern (triplets, doubles, sixteenth notes, and rhythms). You can also “tap in” a beat if you want to sample a current song and find out how fast it is. The pitch generator can sound on every pitch in the chromatic scale. The MA-20 also has a 1/4″ jack for headphone output and a wheel to adjust output volume.
Korg CA-1 – The CA-1 is an incredibly effective and simple chromatic tuner. As durable as all Korg products, it can easily handle travel and rehearsal classroom activities. It shows the musician whether or not the pitch they are playing is in tune, relative to the pitch it is set at. A digital needle moves right or left depending on how sharp or flat the pitch is, and a set of LEDs on top show the player when the pitch is properly in tune. The buttons on the bottom control the pitch being tuned to and the “cent” adjustment up or down; if you’re playing in a specialty group and need to tune to A443 or A438 instead of A440, this tuner can handle it easily. It also has a 1/4″ jack input for an external microphone for use in noisy environments such as tuning at the beginning of symphony rehearsal.
Korg TM-40 – The TM-40 is the highest level model of Korg devices that we carry. It has both a highly effective chromatic tuner and a fully adjustable metronome. It combines all the best features of the CA-1 and the MA-20 into one single metronome tuner that does it all. The TM-40 is slightly bigger than the other two models, but equally as durable. It has a headphone output, microphone or sensor input, and volume wheel to control how loud it is and how effective it is in noisy environments. Digital “badges” at the top of the screen tell you which half of the metronome tuner is on; they work independently from one another, and turn off and on separately. LEDs to the right and left of the screen flash in time with the metronome for more visual feedback when playing.
Wittner Taktell Supermini – This metronome is a smaller version of the traditional spring and weight metronomes traditionally used before digital and electronic metronomes became common. Fully adjustable to virtually any speed, the counterweight and spring keep this accurate and functional far longer than any battery operated metronome. Please note that this unit has to be on a level surface to work properly.
Tuning Fork – By far the oldest and most traditional method of getting your stringed instrument in tune. This 6″ tuning fork is portable and lightweight, the perfect size for travelling and stowing in a case. Simply firmly tap it on a hard surface (your knee works), and place against the bridge or nut of your stringed instrument. Listen to the pitch, and use that reference to tune your instrument. It never runs out of batteries, it has no moving parts to break, and it’s all one piece of solid, high quality polished steel.
The Wolf Terminator – Developed by Hideo Kamimoto, the former owner of Kamimoto Strings, the Wolf Terminator is at last an effective solution to the intriguing and frustrating acoustical phenomenon known as the wolf tone. The wolf tone is referred to by that name due to the arhythmic, throbbing, almost howl-like effect it has on the sound of the cello. The basics of what goes on is that the cellist is playing one pitch while the cello tries to force that pitch away from its resonant frequency, a slightly different pitch. The two pitches are close enough together that they “fight” with each other, thus creating the wolf tone.