Boss TU-80 Chromatic Tuner and Metronome

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Tune up with the chromatic tuner and then play away alongside the metronome. This combo tuner contains 7 rhythms and 10 beat variations.

The Boss TU-80 brings super-accurate LCD tuning to musicians at a very affordable price, while adding unique high-end features like a built-in metronome and Accu-Pitch. The pocket-sized TU-80 runs on batteries and can tune almost any instrument, thanks to a chromatic tuning mode and wide tuning range. It even tunes 7-string guitars and 6-string basses, putting the TU-80 in a class all its own.

Get an overview of the Boss TU80 Chromatic Guitar Tuner with Metronome in this video demo:

Reliable BOSS Tuning with Accu-Pitch
Thin is in. That's why the TU-80 was designed to be slim and light enough to fit in your pocket. Best of all, it sports reliable and accurate BOSS LCD tuning, along with Accu-Pitch, which plays a tone when you're in tune. No more looking down at the tuner!

Versatile Tuning Modes and Metronome
Thanks to its chromatic and flat tuning capabilities, the TU-80 can tune just about any instrument, from guitars and basses to strings, brass and woodwinds. A handy Reference Tone Play function lets you hear the correct pitches, while a built-in metronome with seven rhythms and 10 beat variations makes practice more effective. No other tuner has all this!

- Affordable and reliable LCD tuner with handy, built-in metronome
- Supports chromatic tuning, plus 7-string guitars and 6-string basses
- Accu-Pitch function sounds a tone when pitch is correct
- Reference Tone Play function makes it easy to verify tuning by ear
- Memory function stores your favorite tuner settings
- Thin body fits easily into a guitar case or pocket
- Metronome has 7 rhythms, 10 beats and cool animated LCD display

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 323-890-3700

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. (44 ratings)
Submitted July 14, 2006 by a customer from
"I have too much time on my hands."
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
It's only a metronome. I've already gone way too far with this review!!

The metronome click is a good "tink" sound. It's not quite loud enough for practicing louder instruments. I found though that if I can't hear it at all, I'm pretty much on. Some of the other Dr. Beat products are much louder.

I like that there are ways to get a very fast ticking that is unaccented. It will allow you to have 8ths, triplets, or 16ths with no accent for much faster beats. I like that it provides very useful special click functions. You can pick different measure lengths and beat patterns (like swing 8ths, 3-2 and 2-3 clave, etc.) I like that it takes two AA batteries! (Very convenient!!) The tuner works fine. Includes a square wave tone generator. In order to keep this unit in an inexpensive category, certain features were omitted. * There is no DC power input. * No metronome headphone * No volume control for the metronome (which is not loud enough)

Ease of Use
The interface makes sense. One stupid thing is that to change the tempo you have to press the select button 3 times, then press the value buttons. Once you are in that mode of changing tempo, it does let you stay in that mode and change tempos at will (even while the metronome is running).

For the money it's fine. I think it will last a while.

Value read more
The next competitor is the Korg TM40 which does have a headphone jack but no instrument-thru jack. Otherwise, it is similar, but for only a little more money is a bit more deluxe.

Manufacturer Support
I have not dealt with Roland support in a while, so I can't speak from recent experience. Hopefully won't have to deal with that on a low-dollar item like this.

The Wow Factor
It's ok. The fact that it allows for some pretty useful different metronome patterns is the main selling point for me. My old Boss Chromatic tuner which I had for 20-some years finally croaked.

Musical Background:
Teacher, Musician

Musical Style:
Various, original, and new
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