Product Type: Boss tuners
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Stay in tune and time with the Boss TU-80
Boss TU-80 Tuner and Metronome
Member Name: SJ2011
Boss TU-80 Tuner and Metronome
Advantages: As a pocket size tuner it's pretty accurate
Disadvantages: Metronome too quiet and you can't amplify it or use it with headphones
I bought the Boss TU-80 after accidentally cracking the LCD screen on my previous Korg tuner. I chose
the Boss TU-80 mainly due to being happy with Boss products I've owned in the past but also because
of the built in metronome.feature which I felt would be useful for practicing and a lot less hassle than
setting up our drum machine for a quick practice.
The Boss TU-80 is a pocket size tuner made of plastic with an LCD screen at 122mm x 21mm x 68mm
it's small enough to keep in your pocket or slip into a gig bag without taking up much room. The LCD screen is clear and easy to read in a brightly lit room but not so good if you find yourself in a poorly lit
gig situation. The tuner is easy to use with 3 yellow buttons at the side to switch on and select
between metronome tuner and 4 yellow buttons along the bottom to set the tuner range or set the tempo and beat on the metronome. One of the good things about this is it uses 2 AA batteries which
are cheap and readily available and should last around 100 hours with normal use.
The tuner is a chromatic tuner which means it can tune to any note which is helpful if you use
alternative tunings or want something that can tune any musical instrument from a ukalele to a
6 string bass. The tuning range is E0 (20.6HZ) to C8 (4184.0 HZ) and the reference pitch has a
range from A4 (435HZ) to 446HZ in 1HZ steps. The tuner claims to be accurate to +1/-1 cent and
to be fair I have found it to be reasonably accurate in most situations.
The LCD screen shows a needle which indicates whether the note you are playing is flat or sharp or
sits in the middle when the note is in tune. There are two LED lights at the top of the tuner which light
up either for flat or sharp or both light up when the note is in tune. The tuner has a reference pitch
and a mic for tuning acoustic instruments and also emits a sound when the string is in tune so you
don't have to look at the screen or the lights. This is helpful when tuning up at dark gigs although
the sound isn't really loud enough and I've found this tuner does struggle if there's a lot of
For any musician the ability to keep time is important you can be the best player in the world but if you can't keep in time with the rest of the band that ability is wasted. Obviously you can't practice with a band all the time so a metronome or drum machine is great for home practice. The metronome feature
on the Boss TU80 has 7 different rhythm patterns including quarter,triplets, 16th and clave and
the tempo can be changed from 30bpm to 250bpm. The rhythm is shown on the screen by the needle
and the tuner emits an electronic beep sound on the beat rather than the usual knock sound from
The tuner has an input and output jack for tuning electric instruments but although this allows the
tuner to be used in line with your instrument and amp it does not allow you to amplify the sound from
the tuner and you can't use it with headphones. This means for me personally the metronome feature
is pretty useless as it isn't loud enough to hear properly and you cannot amplify it or turn the volume
up on the actual unit which is a shame as it has a reasonable amount of beats and a decent tempo range which would make it a handy practice tool.
I paid £20 for this from a local music shop and although I find it is a reasonably accurate tuner I am
disappointed with the metronome feature which was one of my reasons for choosing this over other
tuners at the time. If you arre looking for a tuner this is a good enough buy but if you want it for the metronome feature I would recommend looking elsewhere.
The Boss TU-80 is available from Amazon and online music shops such as GAK.co.uk for £19.
Summary: Good tuner but the metronome feature could be better
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