As a musician, I often find myself annoyed at the amount of money that it costs to replace a pair of drumsticks, guitar strings, etc. I’ve paid 20 dollars for a simple guitar tuner before: a
ridiculous amount of money for such a simple piece of equipment. So when Iran into the Aroma AT200D, for 3.59 dollars, I had to give it a try.
-Different modes for violin, guitar, bass guitar, chromatic and Ukelele
-Red, orange, green backlight
-Display with dial ranging from 50 to 0 to +50
-Clip, to attach it to an instrument
The tuner can be rotated 360 degrees, and the angle it makes with the your instrument can also be changed. The AT200D is made entirely out of plastic, the build quality actually appears quite good. The weak part about this type of tuner is probably the clip. This may not survive when the tuner is janked off in a hurry, or when the top of a guitar case is smashed on top of it. It survived our tests just fine.
The tuner has only one button, which is used for power on/of (long press) and for cycling through the different modes (short taps). The tuner has different modes for guitar, bass guitar, violin and ukelele, and also has a chromatic mode. Pressing the power button briefly, it will toggles between the different modes. When the correct mode is selected, the tuner also displays what string is played (numbered 1 through 6 for a guitar, 1 through 4 for a bass guitar,.. etc.
The dial on the display shows how far the instruments deviates from the note that is displayed. For instance, if I play something close to a note, but not quite high enough, the tuner will display a negative value, if it is too high, the value will be positive. The backlight changes colour, and this makes it possible to see at glance whether your instrument is tuned correctly (green), a little off (orange), or completely off (red).To test the tuner, we tuned a bass guitar and an electric guitar. The tuning went well, except for a minor detail it appears that the tuner may be a little too sensitive (it’s not easy to get a steady green backlight). After tuning them, we checked them using a more expensive (Korg) tuner. They were perfectly tuned, so the tuner does it’s job fine. As there is no microphone on the tuner, it only detects vibrations. The advantage of this is that it is possible to tune in noisy environments too. The downside is that you cannot, for instance, put it on your music stand, or the table in front of you: it won’t work.
This is a very nice little tuner. It worth a lot more than the 3.59 dollars we paid for it. So if you’re a (bass) guitarist, ukelele player, or violinist who likes to play a lot, but would rather not pay a lot, we highly recommend this tuner. The Shipment took about 10 days from ordering so I would recommend to buy it directly from Banggood.com