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Item Reviews for: Peterson Virtual Strobe Rackmount Tuner  -  PET VSR LIST

Now I'm perfectly in tune.
By: Last Man Ranting from New York      Submitted: 2/14/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? The first thing I noticed, before even opening the box, was how heavy it is. Tough *Metal* construction save the plastic buttons, data wheel, and screen. It's not cheap, but it's not built cheap either. The mic picks up my acoustic guitar just fine, as well as my voice and even a few TV shows and movies. Reliability How has it stood up over time? I've only had it a few short months, but no problems expected particularly after it was installed in an SKB 2-space rack sitting on top of a mid-late 90's BBE 462. General Your general opinion of this product. I used to use the built in tuner of the Boss GT-8 before recording or playing but now I take a few seconds to plug into the Peterson and eliminate any dissonance in my guitar's tuning. That perfectly in tune sound commands attention in a way that a garage-band sounding out of tune instrument cannot. Playability and Feel How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing? Easy to use, easy to tune, even easy to set up your own banner to display when you're not tuning. Two input jacks plus a microphone for acoustic instruments. It appears to be hard to get stuck with this tuner despite the many options it presents. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? I have not yet used the tuner in my signal chain, only directly plugged in with no audio monitor so I cannot speak to whether it colors the sound or performs true bypass at the hardware level. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Feels like relatively thick steel body. I don't see the paint getting a chance to chip inside the case, but it spent a few weeks naked and didn't pick up a scratch so my experience was that it holds up quite well. Action How was the action out of the box? Front panel buttons and dial all work fine, rear power switch a bit inconvenient buried in the rack right next to the power cable but I expect this tuner most often ends up in a rack with a power conditioner leaving the switch rarely used. It's never been a problem, but I do turn on the phantom power from time to time while trying to power up.