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TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner  

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The TC-1S chromatic tuner has a built-in microphone as well as a 1/4" input for guitar and bass tuning. Its lightning-fast pitch detection is display...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A portable chromatic tuner for planet-conscious musicians.

The TC-1S chromatic tuner has a built-in microphone as well as a 1/4" input for guitar and bass tuning. Its lightning-fast pitch detection is displayed on a wide bar graph display for instant feedback. Four display modes are available, including fine pitch display for 1-cent accuracy and strobe tuning animation. The tuner can be calibrated to an external source such as a piano or other hard-to-tune instrument.

The TC-1S charges its battery via a USB input or from a built-in bank of solar cells on the front panel allowing six hours of continuous use or an amazing seven years of standby charge in darkness. It's wrapped in a shock-proof silicone cover that's available in multiple colors and keeps the Solar Tuner protected.

Included with the TC-1S is a nylon strap and clip. Snap it to your guitar or bass gig bag and it will stay charged all the time.

FEATURES
  • Chromatic tuner
  • USB input or solar-powered battery charging
  • 1/4" instrument/microphone input
  • Built-in microphone
  • Custom LCD display with note, sharp/flat indicators, bargraph for pitch deviation
  • Shock-resistant silicon case included
  • Includes strap and clip for attaching to instrument case
  • Four display modes: Bar, Fine, Strobe Animation, Needle
  • 12-note equal temperament scale
  • Pitch displayed in 1 cent steps (in fine mode)
  • Standby charge in darkness: seven years

SPECIFICATIONS

TC-1S Chromatic Tuner

  • 3-3/4"W x 3/4"H x 1-1/2"D
  • 2 oz.
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TASCAMTC-1S Chromatic Tuner
 
4.4

(based on 61 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (51)
  • Functional (51)
  • Good quality (45)
  • Improves sound (10)
  • Solar powered (5)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (37)
  • Back-up (35)
  • Concerts (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (35), Professional musician (17), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Idea, Well Executed!

The Tascam TC-1S Solar Tuner is a great idea executed very well. This is hopefully the first step in musical gear that is environmentally conscious, high quality and convenient to use. You...Read complete review

The Tascam TC-1S Solar Tuner is a great idea executed very well. This is hopefully the first step in musical gear that is environmentally conscious, high quality and convenient to use. You never have to change the battery in this tuner and the internal battery has a lot of reserves. What I usually do to charge mine is place it on my dashboard the night before so in the morning the sun will shine on the solar cells. By the time I'm ready to use it it is fully charged again.

Solar power coolness aside, this tuner is very accurate and it has a few different tuning options like strobe or fine tuning that really make this a quality product. I have bought tuners in the past that are calibrated a little bit off but this one is spot on and could be used for studio recording. I bought one of these as a Stupid Deal, lost it and immediately bought another one at the regular price.

The only drawbacks are there is no output jack so it is not able to be linked as a tuner on a pedalboard and there is no backlighting to see the display in the dark. Hopefully Tascam will develop a solar powered pedal tuner next.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not so good

I've used my old faithful blue Snark for years (for both my acoustic & electric guitars) & after trying out this tuner, I'm more of a Snark fan than ever- the...Read complete review

I've used my old faithful blue Snark for years (for both my acoustic & electric guitars) & after trying out this tuner, I'm more of a Snark fan than ever- the display lights up (in black & white only) and is gone right away. This quickly disappearing display makes fine tuning a challenge & as another reviewer said, "this tuner only has a tiny mic for an input,"which picks up ambient noise & thus makes tuning in real situations pretty much impossible - between the nearly instant disappearing display & the challenging mic - buy a Snark instead.

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1.0

Not so good

By David

from Humboldt County, Ca

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Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Hard To Use On Acoustic
    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

      Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

      I've used my old faithful blue Snark for years (for both my acoustic & electric guitars) & after trying out this tuner, I'm more of a Snark fan than ever- the display lights up (in black & white only) and is gone right away. This quickly disappearing display makes fine tuning a challenge & as another reviewer said, "this tuner only has a tiny mic for an input,"which picks up ambient noise & thus makes tuning in real situations pretty much impossible - between the nearly instant disappearing display & the challenging mic - buy a Snark instead.

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      3.0

      Great idea but..........

      By rjantn

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Functional

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Backup

      Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

      I love the idea of solar but I find this difficult to use and hard to read. I think it would have been better if it didn't have so many options and he display was easier to read. It is accurate. For the blow out price I can't complain. I'll use it for outdoor trips. I ordered the clamp on Fishman at a buck or two more and I'm hoping it is more user friendly.

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      3.0

      Nothing to write home about

      By kedgel

      from Bonita Springs, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional

      Cons

      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

      • Backup

      Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

      First, the idea of clipping it on the case to keep it handy and charge it, good idea, bad design. It broke off the second time I hauled it to a gig. Also, it has yet to come up to a full charge with solar power--and I play every week on a sunny restaurant deck. Since it broke and can't hang on my case, I'll have to remember to USB charge it. NOT convenient. It will do in a pinch for a backup, I guess.

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      5.0

      Great little tuner!

      By Fent

      from Upstate NY

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

      My other tuner started giving me problems,so for the cheap investment I gave these a try.It seems to work just fine,and I wont need batteries or looking for spare outlets.

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      5.0

      Tuner

      By Jean

      from Warrenton, OR

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

        Great sale price.

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and recommend it

        By BOB

        from UPSTATE NEW YORK

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • GREAT QUALITY

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

          again excellent product with and excellent price...

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          3.0

          It Works...I Think

          By Jerry The Saxman

          from Hollywood, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • It Displays The Note
          • Packaged Neatly
          • Solar Option

          Cons

          • Dark Display
          • Directions Hard To Read
          • Most Gigs Not In Sunlight
          • Small Function Difference

          Best Uses

          • Basic Tuning

          Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

          Appears to be high quality. Good value. I need more time to experiment with it. Better directions would be helpful.

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          5.0

          Great tuner!

          By Njibo

          from Columbus, GA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

          This is a good tuner. The solar panel works well and the tuning is simple and accurate.
          Comes with a protection sleeve!

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          5.0

          The cost of two 9 volt batteries!

          By Mr. Ken

          from Laurinburg N.C.

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

            Great Buy!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great tuner

            By saxmanpf2

            from Milwaukee, WI

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about TASCAM TC-1S Chromatic Tuner:

                This is a really nice chromatic tuner for a great price. I love the fact that it's solar powered, and the colors add a little fun to a boring thing like tuning.

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