A Musician's Friend
Jan 26, 2010
a Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Great functionality, amazing battery life, durable, and very portable
Cons:It does everything you need, just don't knock it off the stand too many times.
The Bottom Line: This is a wonderful tool for any musician or student. It will do everything you want it to and a little more. It will also last you a long time.
I am a trumpet player. When I went to college I was instructed to get a tuner and a metronome. I saw this metronome/tuner among my peers and opted to get one for myself. I was cheaper than getting one of each. I have had this thing for years and it has treated me well. It has helped me become a better musician.
Recommend this product?
The Korg TM40 is a good little tuner. It picks up my sound when I set it up on my stand and it responds well. I have seen and used tuners that require a little more effort to use effectively. It can be changed from 440 to a variety of other tunings as desired. A musician will only ever need the 440 frequency setting, and 441 in Europe and in tuning percussion. It has two red lights on the side that indicate weather you are sharp of flat. It also has a green light in the middle that indicates when you are on pitch. These lights make it easier to view the tuner and the music at the same time. Another sweet function of this tuner is you can plug a pick up or guitar into it to get a more accurate responsive read.
The Metronome part of the Korg TM40 is also quite nice. it can pulse anywhere between 50 and 220 bpm. You can choose a variety of meters with it: 0,1,2/4,3/4,5/4 It can also be used in compound meters such as 6/8, 9/8, and 12/8 ect. It will even play sixteenth notes or the first and last beat in a triplet figure. You can plug in speakers to project the sound out if necessary. It has a simple headphone jack on the side. This is a great feature in a classroom. I plugged it in during one of my trumpet sectionals to keep everyone together and it worked great. I know a few teachers that use it with their PA system.
I have had this thing for years and the battery has never died. It only requires two AAA's.
It is very sturdy. Through the years the tuner/metronome has fallen off my stand more times than I can count. The little LED lights quit working but everything else works fine. It has a few dings and scratches, but it is super nice to have when I practice. For as many times as it has fallen off my stand, I am very impressed with how durable it is.
The best feature of all is that it is so small and portable. I keep it in a little slot in my trumpet case. It set on the music stand with out distraction because of size. It could easily put in my pocket if that were ever needed. I can take it anywhere my trumpet goes.
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