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Thread #56563   Message #894121
Posted By: JohnInKansas
20-Feb-03 - 03:57 AM
Thread Name: Tech: inexpensive tuner
Subject: RE: Tech: inexpensive tuner
Bob B

Don't know what to say about the prices. Numerous web sites show $19.99 to $24.00 US for the CA-30. One Australian shop, Melmusic: 50871 KORG CA30 SLIMLINE CHROMATIC TUNER $59.95EACH (Aus) pretty much confirms your price.

The CA-30 is supposed to be a fully chromatic tuner - with adjustable "A" freq. Since it's relatively new, I haven't had a close "hands-on" look at it, but the older CA-20 would tune to any note you wanted, and I'd expect the CA-30 to do the same. The spec sheet at the Korg site says:
Tuning: 12 note equal-tempered
Detection range: C1 (32.70Hz) - C8 (4186.01Hz)
Reference tone: C4 (261.33Hz) - C5 (523.25Hz), One octave (Built-in Speaker)
Tuning modes: Meter (auto), Sound (manual)
Calibration: 410 - 480Hz (1Hz steps)
Tuning accuracy: +/-1cent
Sound accuracy: +/-1.5cent
Connection jack: Input jack (1/4" mono)
Power supply: Two AAA batteries 3V
Battery life: Approximately 100 hours
Dimensions: 4.1"(104mm) Wide x 2.52"(64mm) Deep x 0.6(15mm) High
Weight: 2.86 oz (81g) (Including the batteries)
Included items: Owner's Manual, (2) AAA batteries

The OT-12 is new, and pretty flashy - also somewhat larger. One of the many "cute" modes mentioned on the Korg site is - you can set it to "sound" the nearest note to what you play into it, for easy tweaking by ear. The $99(US) typical web price on it would make it pretty precious if the Australian markup is comparable to what's on the CA-30.

The OT-12 looks to be a silver-metal colored case in the Korg pic. There is an older large (black) case AT-120 that was somewhat more expensive; but I haven't checked price on it recently.