Clip-on tuner offers great functionality at an affordable price.
by Teja Gerken
December 15, 2017
D’Addario’s Eclipse clip-on tuner combines ease-of-use, great functionality, and low cost in an attractive package that’s available in several different colors. While D’Addario’s popular line of NS tuners has an innovative, highly miniaturized design, the Eclipse tuner features a more familiar concept, sporting a rectangular housing about two inches tall and one inch wide. The display takes up most of this area: a power button and two calibration buttons at the bottom edge are the only other things on the faceplate. The tuner is mounted to a sturdy plastic clip (which opens a full 1¼-inches) by way of a multi-swivel joint that allows positioning at pretty much any viewing angle. Power comes from a CR2032 battery.
I tried the Eclipse with several different instruments, including a Kentucky A-style mandolin, Kala tenor ukulele, and Martin OM guitar. In all instances, the tuner responded quickly to each note (even a low-C on the guitar), and its multi-colored vertical display, which shows the note’s letter name and indicates whether the note is sharp or flat, was easy to read and intuitive to understand. With a street price of less than $15, a sturdy design, and great functionality the D’Addario Eclipse is an excellent choice for a basic clip-on tuner.
SPECS: Chromatic clip-on tuner. Multi-color display. Spring-loaded clip. A=430–450 calibration range. Powered by CR2032 battery. $29.95 list/$12.99 street. daddario.com
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