This handy gadget aims to take all the hard work out of tuning your stringed instruments.
In the 1990s, Canada’s Kraus Musical Innovations developed the String Master: a handheld combination of electronic tuner and electric motor designed to automatically and accurately tune a guitar to the standard EADGBE. Although it worked well, and pioneered the ‘pistol-grip’ paradigm for future handheld automatic tuners, the String Master disappeared without trace.
In 2013, a successful Kickstarter campaign enabled Beirut-based startup Band Industries to launch the Roadie, an automated guitar, ukulele, banjo and mandolin tuner. More high‑tech than the String Master, the Roadie relied upon a Bluetooth‑connected iPhone app to detect string pitch and carry out the necessary computations. The unit itself simply turned the instruments’ machine...
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