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"Good improvisation communicates harmonic progression melodically. Effective melodies manipulate harmonic content through the use of guide tones and preparatory gravity notes, masterfully woven in systematic tension, release, and transparent harmonic definition."
We first mentioned the Planet Waves PW-CT-10 Chromatic Headstock Tuner back in February of 2009, and at the time it was a pretty good value, with a street price around $30. Since being challenged by competitive products like the Snark, Intelli-Touch, and import knock-offs, its shine was somewhat diminished. Around the first of the year, D'addario dropped the retail price, and we've found them available for half that price, at a crazy $14.95.
What we like:
Low mass, the unit's stealth fitting lies unobtrusively on the edge of the headstock but it's easy-to-read LED face shows a virtual needle that glows red left and right, until you've centered the pitch and POP!, the readout turns green, visible at almost any angle. We've returned to the tuner as a personal favorite.