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Peterson StroboFlip VS-F Virtual Strobe Tuner

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Updates the popular VS-II with a portable design and added features!

The StroboFlip VS-F Virtual Strobe Tuner is a great addition to Peterson's line of multi-temperament tuners, offering easy-to-use functionality in a flexible new design. It uses Peterson's exclusive Virtual Strobe Technology to provide an instantaneous picture of musical pitch. It gives you a compact flip design, large bright LCD, and full user programmability. The StroboFlip is perfect for intonating guitars and basses as well as realtime intonation practice to improve performance and listening skills.

It features cent offset, FTS drop tuning, and tuning assistant and comes with tempered tuning presets, some of which have never before been included in a tuner. In addition to Peterson's proprietary GTR temperament, which sweetens a guitar's tuning, the VS-II adds BAS, which does the same for basses, plus E9 and C6 tempered presets for pedal steel and lap steel guitar. The StroboFlip also supports the Buzz Feiten tuning system. The Bass Shift feature allows for effortless tuning of acoustic or electric bass down to 2 octaves below a normally tuned low B on a string instrument.

FEATURES
  • Compact flip design with a bright LCD screen
  • Accuracy to 1/10 cent (1/1000 semitone)
  • Smooth, instantaneous tuning response
  • Exclusive Virtual Strobe Technology
  • Large note display with transposition to all chromatic keys
  • Sensitive built-in mic
  • Individual mode buttons for fast, easy use
  • Automatic or manual note selection
  • 40 different temperaments and sweetened tunings
  • 8 user-programmable temperaments
  • Includes presets for Buzz Feiten Tuning System®, Guitar, Bass, Dobro, Steel Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello
  • Extended Bass mode lets you tune down to subsonic frequencies
  • Adjustable Root, Selectable Auto-Off
  • Runs on 3 AA Batteries or included power supply
  • Fret Transposition Scale (FTS) for clearer key transposition with fretted instruments
  • Includes mounting clamp and TP-2 Tuning Pickup

There's a new Peterson on the block and he gets around. For portable strobe tuning, order your StroboFlip now!

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4.1

(based on 16 reviews)

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Peterson StroboFlip Tuner

I am 59 years old and have been playing the guitar since I was 14. As a player, my ears developed much more rapidly than my fingers. I found a good tuner to...Read complete review

I am 59 years old and have been playing the guitar since I was 14. As a player, my ears developed much more rapidly than my fingers. I found a good tuner to be a necessity, and I have owned and used a number of them. I still own digital tuners from Sabine, Intellitouch, and a Boss TU-15. These are good basic tuners, but they do have limitations. I recently decided that I would pay the extra price for a Peterson. I chose the new VS-F StroboFlip model. The Peterson comes with a mounting stand, batteries, and an ac power cable, and a TP tuning pickup. I also purchased an extra signal flex tuner pickup with a suction cup accessory, but so far have had no occasion to use it since the TP pickup that comes with the tuner works fine. I have had the tuner in my possession for two weeks now and I am well pleased with the results. Out of the box, this tuner is immediately impressive. It takes a few minutes to go through the manual, because the tuner is more complex than my other digital models. It takes a moment to understand which "sweetner" mode to choose from and then you are ready to tune. Here the StroboFlip really shines. It is immediately responsive. My other tuners sometimes take long minutes to acquire signal and give a reading, especially on bass notes. In some instances the readings are incorrect and it takes even longer for the digital models to acquire enough signal to correctly identify a note. The response of the Peterson Stroboflip is immediate, and correct. You can even hit a fretted note which would confuse the other tuners, but not the Peterson. Again the response is immediate and accurate. Peterson claims that their tuner is 30 times more accurate than other models. I find this claim to be true. Peterson claims to be 1 cent accurate. My breif experience finds this to also be a true claim. Of the other tuners I own, I rate the Boss-TU-15 second. It also claim to be one cent accurate, but tends to "needle roam". In fact, all the digital tuners roam, and this is where the Peterson makes a huge difference. It not only responds instantly, but seems to read a sustained signal longer. You are instructed to use your finger instead of a pick, and you are further instructed to make sure that your volume is turned down. The Peterson immediately strums up or down, Naturally strobing up indicate a sharp tone, and strobing down indicates a flat tone. You simply tune the guitar until the strobe is still. I find the Peterson to be highly sensitive and accurate. My digital tuners tended to roam, particulairly on my 12 string tuning sessions, and hard to acquire bass strings on any guitar. I tened not to play the 12 string. Thanks to Peterson I have a new love of my twelve string and tuning the 12 string is fast and accurate for all the strings. Peterson offers a host of "sweetner" paramaters. These include bass,guitar, Buzz Feiten tuning, drobro, violin, and cello to name a few. The Peterson also offes temperments for drop down and capo tuning. There are special 12 string sweetners, and you can change the vary the hertz rate. To sum up, I wish that this tuner was less expensive. I wish that Peterson made the manual a little more inclusive on the difference between sweetners. Still, I give the Peterson StroboFlip high marks. My other tuners tend to sit on the shelf now, and I don't take a guitar anywhere without the accompaning StroboFlip. Until something better comes along, I don't plan to jam without tuning with a StroboFlip. Thanks Peterson!

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Not as good as it could be

Guys, I actually was disappointed with this unit. For the price the quality could be better.I thought it would be good but it actually is less usable than a VU type tuner for...Read complete review

Guys, I actually was disappointed with this unit. For the price the quality could be better.I thought it would be good but it actually is less usable than a VU type tuner for 1/2 the price to me. I like to see where the note is at and how far it has to go to get to pitch. The digital strobe is something you have to get used to. It is either rolling flat or sharp and stops on pitch. Yes it slows when getting close but I like to see how close. You spend a lot of time going past pitch one way or another because it is difficult to see how far you need to go.It is all plastic which is generally ok but the face looks like thin printed mylar.Sorry for the bad review, it is just my opinion.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tool for any pro musician

By Brett Houston

from LA

I have used most every tuner on the market. This is the best so far. It was easy for me to use. Had every option I could ever want and seem to be durable. (So far)I read many reviews before buying it, and spoke with Peterson direct.I am happy with the purchase, no regrets. I play guitar, upright and electric bass, trumpet, sax, piano and drums. I need a versatile tuner. I have a studio and do sessions with other instruments, this will tune everything.The coolest unexpected thing that I found is that I can use it when charting songs to quickly help figure out what the chord changes are. It helps also with upright bass practice for intonation and sight singing. So much faster and more accurate than anything else. Plus my instruments do sound better when truly in tune.The only cons I have found so far. It doesn't have true-bypass for using in effects systems. I got around that by using a volume pedal with tuner output. And the ac adapter is not a standard 9 volt, so it makes it inconvenient to mount in a pedal board as well. I know the Peterson Stomp does all that, but I want ONE tuner that does everything. For the price I would prefer it was made in the USA. I loathe anything made in China. One because we lose jobs here and it is usually crap. THis seems to be built well though. Time will tell. Also, if you have it hooked to the AC adapter there is an annoying led light that is always on. It needs an off switch. All minor things that would be modified in a perfect world. In summary, it delivers where it is important. This is a great tool.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Even better with the Peterson DVD

By Ross V

from Colorado

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Before powering up the unit and tweaking my guitars, I bought and viewed the Peterson-produced DVD. Once you get past the marketing segments, there are demos that cover the intonation of Strats, Teles, Les Pauls, electric basses and more. Seeing what passes for "dead on" according to the guru at Peterson was very helpful when I started working on my Strat, Tele and Les Paul. Sonically, the difference was amazing compared to what's possible with a Boss TU-15 with "octave mode."

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Peterson StroboFlip Tuner

By FretMan-ReKmq

from Wilmington, NC

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I am 59 years old and have been playing the guitar since I was 14. As a player, my ears developed much more rapidly than my fingers. I found a good tuner to be a necessity, and I have owned and used a number of them. I still own digital tuners from Sabine, Intellitouch, and a Boss TU-15. These are good basic tuners, but they do have limitations. I recently decided that I would pay the extra price for a Peterson. I chose the new VS-F StroboFlip model. The Peterson comes with a mounting stand, batteries, and an ac power cable, and a TP tuning pickup. I also purchased an extra signal flex tuner pickup with a suction cup accessory, but so far have had no occasion to use it since the TP pickup that comes with the tuner works fine. I have had the tuner in my possession for two weeks now and I am well pleased with the results. Out of the box, this tuner is immediately impressive. It takes a few minutes to go through the manual, because the tuner is more complex than my other digital models. It takes a moment to understand which "sweetner" mode to choose from and then you are ready to tune. Here the StroboFlip really shines. It is immediately responsive. My other tuners sometimes take long minutes to acquire signal and give a reading, especially on bass notes. In some instances the readings are incorrect and it takes even longer for the digital models to acquire enough signal to correctly identify a note. The response of the Peterson Stroboflip is immediate, and correct. You can even hit a fretted note which would confuse the other tuners, but not the Peterson. Again the response is immediate and accurate. Peterson claims that their tuner is 30 times more accurate than other models. I find this claim to be true. Peterson claims to be 1 cent accurate. My breif experience finds this to also be a true claim. Of the other tuners I own, I rate the Boss-TU-15 second. It also claim to be one cent accurate, but tends to "needle roam". In fact, all the digital tuners roam, and this is where the Peterson makes a huge difference. It not only responds instantly, but seems to read a sustained signal longer. You are instructed to use your finger instead of a pick, and you are further instructed to make sure that your volume is turned down. The Peterson immediately strums up or down, Naturally strobing up indicate a sharp tone, and strobing down indicates a flat tone. You simply tune the guitar until the strobe is still. I find the Peterson to be highly sensitive and accurate. My digital tuners tended to roam, particulairly on my 12 string tuning sessions, and hard to acquire bass strings on any guitar. I tened not to play the 12 string. Thanks to Peterson I have a new love of my twelve string and tuning the 12 string is fast and accurate for all the strings. Peterson offers a host of "sweetner" paramaters. These include bass,guitar, Buzz Feiten tuning, drobro, violin, and cello to name a few. The Peterson also offes temperments for drop down and capo tuning. There are special 12 string sweetners, and you can change the vary the hertz rate. To sum up, I wish that this tuner was less expensive. I wish that Peterson made the manual a little more inclusive on the difference between sweetners. Still, I give the Peterson StroboFlip high marks. My other tuners tend to sit on the shelf now, and I don't take a guitar anywhere without the accompaning StroboFlip. Until something better comes along, I don't plan to jam without tuning with a StroboFlip. Thanks Peterson!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best

By Jazz Guitarist

from Portland, OR

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It's my second Peterson tuner. The other still works great but this one fits in the box in my guitar case. I use it for my archtop, electrics and acoustics. It's perfect.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

StroboFlip

By Jerry Queen

from Ohio

This tuner seems to be very accurate, after tuning my steel guitar it sounded more musical to my ear and the built in presets made tuning a breeze! I would recommend this tuner to any one!
Built in presets make tuning easy
I think it's every thing one could expect for the price
I think for the features it's a great price, you could easly spend 3 times that for the same features

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pricey, but a good solid tuner

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The StroboFlip is all about accuracy. If you are a "close enough for rock 'n roll" type tuner, then save your money and get a cheaper one. If you are interested in dead accurate tuning, this is the way to go. I play guitar, violin, mandolin and dulcimer, and this tuner handles them all easily and quickly. For setting the bridge and intonation on an archtop acoustic guitar, there is no better or faster device. I have other tuners, including Korg and Intellitouch, and while they are cheaper and smaller, they are certainly not better. Highly recommended.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's Not You Father's Tuner

By Rick-GFnax

from Huntington Beach, CA

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I have been using a BOSS TU-12H for tuning my guitars (Dreadought, Classical and a Line6 Variax Acsoustic 700). It works fine, but I always keep fiddling with the tuning afterwards, reworking the octaves and still not quite satisfied with the chords. Along comes the Peterson StroboFlip VS-F and a whole new world of adventures in tuning has opened up to me!First, the accuracy improvement is undeniable. The precision available in the StroboFlip is amazing. The BOSS, as good as it is, pales in comparison.Second, Peterson is clearly a quality oriented company. The StroboFlip is very well made. It could, I think, be improved - slightly. The display is a low-resolution, low-contrast screen like those in graphing calculators. It would be nice if it had higher resolution and contrast, and could show a smoother, more distinct image of the virtual strobe disc. And the extreme test abbreviations required by the large pixels could be replaced by larger, more descriptive phrases. But these are really tiny nits to pick out and really do nothing to detract from the fundamental excellence of this device.Third, and, for me, most importantly, playing with the alternate temperaments has illuminated a whole array of unimagined possibilities. This little guy has sent me off to amazon looking for more information about all this temperament hoopla. It never occurred to me that there was anything wrong with the way our instruments are tuned. I have now concluded that things are not as simple and wonderful as I thought. Modern tuning is not the ultimate solution to millennia of debate and experiment. In fact, it appears logical that it is actually the muddiest and least desirable of the available solutions. Great minds from Pythagoras to Bach have struggled with the question. I think it is probable that Bach knew full well about equal temperament, and simply dismissed it as musically irrelevant and unusable. Peterson's virtual tuners now make it practical to tune close to some of the more sophisticated and more harmonious temperaments. This could prove to be something of a musical revelation!I am extremely happy that I spent the bucks to get this baby. It is worth every penny!

 
5.0

The Tuner everyone needs

By GuitarLoverFromOhio

from Sylvania OH

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I purchsed the Strobo Flip Tuner one week ago and I must tell you it is a great product. When I used several digial tuners I could tell that some of the notes did not sound in tune. The needle would be all over the place. This tuner is very easy to use. Tune until all 5 4 bars stand still and you can appreciate the difference. Also great to set intonation with the guitar. The unit is pricey but you get what you pay for. I had a question to Peterson that was submitted via email and had a response within 12 hours. Highly recommended

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Way over rated

By Doug

from Mississippi

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If you enjoy tuning more than you enjoy playing you may like this. I just recieved this after "upgrading" from the strobo clip which is really finicky. After trying to tune my guitar for an hour my guitar is still not in tune although according to this tuner it is in tune. Ill be sending this thing back 1rst thing Mon morn..

 
4.0

So Much for Stroboscopes

By Hrothgar

from Schaumburg, IL

3 months ago, I decided that I needed to enter the new digital age of cutting edge accuracy and replace my old Korg AT-12 Auto Chromatic Tuner (with analogue needle gauge) that I purchased in 1985. I first bought a Korg Tm-40 digital tuner and then, unimpressed, the Peterson Compact Virtual Strobe Tuner. Disappointingly, I did not find either of these two new technological wonders to be any more accurate, or easier to use, than my old needle gauge. In fact, I have gone back to using my old AT-12 - I just prefer it. I wonder if that is because it is a "virtual" strobe and not a real stroboscope?

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not as good as it could be

By Guitar man-OX.jY

from Las Vegas

Guys, I actually was disappointed with this unit. For the price the quality could be better.I thought it would be good but it actually is less usable than a VU type tuner for 1/2 the price to me. I like to see where the note is at and how far it has to go to get to pitch. The digital strobe is something you have to get used to. It is either rolling flat or sharp and stops on pitch. Yes it slows when getting close but I like to see how close. You spend a lot of time going past pitch one way or another because it is difficult to see how far you need to go.It is all plastic which is generally ok but the face looks like thin printed mylar.Sorry for the bad review, it is just my opinion.

 
5.0

This is pretty cool

By short T.

from shorewood IL.

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The tuning accuracies on this is awsome. I can hear a difference between tuning with this and tuning with a cheapo tuner. Once you use the stobe to intoneate your strings and then and for basic tuning afterwards. Everything sounds alittle more musical. I haven't tried temperment settings yet But im sure they will be cool. I can tune my bass, viloa, ukulele, guitar with this easy. Only complaint is the interface is not that strong and the digital dials can get blurry and hard to read.If you could put all the digital features on a machine strobe, you would have a perfect tuner.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Peterson StroboFlip

By Docdino2

from Alexandria, Louisiana

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I've owned this tuner for couple of years. I didn't get a mounting stand or ac power cord with mine.
Maybe I bought mine when those were options. Any its a good tuner. I do alot of guitar repair work. It does do the job for that. But when Iam gigging, I go to my old Boss. It's all a matter of use. Again
it's a good tuner.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Good luck tuning a guitar with this

By The Little Piggy

from Southern CA

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The simulated strobe display on the LCD screen is absolutely horrid when you have a stringed instrument with slightly varying pitch. Been playing for 25 years and this was the worst tuner buy I ever made.

 
5.0

Peterson StroboFlip VS-F Virtual Strobe Tuner

By Cnegley3rd

from Schertz, Tx

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A digital strobe that works better than the old fashioned one. I use it for setting up my basses. Has a bunch of features I don't need, but is super easy to use. Just plug in your instrument and use it right out of the box. I set the intonation on my new Jazz Bass in just a few minutes. Pricey, but worth every penny if your serious about super accurate tuning. It responds extremely fast and is ten times more accurate than any of my cheap L.E.D. tuners. I recommend it highly for all players.

 
5.0

Just a little sweetener goes a long way!

By Melodicmonster

from Columbia, PA

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This thing is confusing as hell at first, but once you get used to its "waterfall" display, this sucker will prove it's worth. It has all kinds of modes to augment/ "sweeten" tunings for all kinds of stringed instruments. I have only used the standard guitar mode, and from that, I can certainly tell you that it's as accurate as the hype makes it out to be. I also have a bass and baritone guitar, and there are also "sweetener" modes for each. The accessories are nice, but they don't warrant the bucks you must shell out for this thing. The strobo-flip is a great help when setting up a guitar (intonation, etc.), and there is a noticeable difference in tuning consonance. However, if you're on a budget, stay away from this thing and get a digital Korg tuner. They're less accurate, but still a lot better than anything else out there.

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