Wednesday, October 25, 2006
I'm looking for a new metronome
A while ago I picked up a "pocket" version of a windup metronome called a "Pacemaker". I have been using this one when I play, but it's pretty lame. It's really hard to see the settings behind the pendulum, which I frequently need to change. When I adjust it, I have to use so much pressure to move the weight that it usually slips several notches. But at least it "sounds" like a metronome.
So, now I'm looking for a full-size windup metronome one with a large easy-to-read scale. There seem to be three major brands - Wittner offers by far the largest selection, Seiko has a few, then there's one by Cherub. Many of these have a bell that can ring on the downbeat to help you keep your place in the score. I think I would like this feature. What I'd really like is a battery-operated mechanical metronome - how's that for messed up?
Any recommendations? What metronome do you use? If you could buy a new one, what would you choose?
I understand your desire for a battery-powered mechanical one. And why not? They make battery-powered mechanical clocks.
Maybe Perfect Fifths could do a review of metronomes - features and flaws, etc.?
My old electronic one was much less irritating I could have sworn. I have no idea what it was though.
I can't play with a downbeat bell, it confuses me entirely.
And like Jennifer, I like dials better than up and down buttons, which my crappy current one has.
So I'm no help with suggestions, just really weighing in on what I don't like!
I know you don't like the electronic ones, but give this one a chance.
It has the temperature and humidity. Then you can choose your rhythm and also the beat.
You can also get it to pulse red on the first beat of each bar.
It only has 2 buttons!
And best of all you can use it as a tuner, it shows if you're in tune, too low or too high.
I love it and so do the kids.
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