Is the display on the Boss TU-2 visible in direct sunlight?

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  1. El Gallo Negro

    El Gallo Negro Member

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    I watched the Boss tuners demo video which claimed this about the TU-2, but I'm skeptical. I'd like to hear from some of you who've used it at outdoor festivals, etc.
     
  2. El Gallo Negro

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    So with just minimal shade from your foot it works? I've tried that before with the Planet Waves tuner but couldn't see a thing. It looked like it wasn't even turned on. I'm also thinking about one of the needle tuners (TU-15), but I'm guessing that the although the needle would be visible, the display would probably still not be.
     
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    I played a show at a festival once and had to place the lid of my pedalboard in front of my pedals so I could see them. It sucked...but, like Croakus said, it works wonderfully inside.
     
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    yea...hate it in sunlight...just block the sun and you should be okay though.
     
  5. El Gallo Negro

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    Anybody tried the TU-15, or any of the other needle tuners in sunlight?
     
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    TU-12 works great outside - as long as you are withing range, or you can't see the lights for notes...

    But, if you are close, it's the way to go outdoors.

    Mark
     
  7. El Gallo Negro

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    Cool. Meaning that you are within a half step of EADGBE, I assume? So those little lights are visible in sunlight?
     
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    ive also made a little cardboard "shield" around the TU -2 screen..it shades it nice..used the white side if the cboard and some white gaffe tape..doesnt look dorky and works great!!!!!
     
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    No it definitely doesn't work with direct sunlight. I had an outside gig once and I had to stand above it to see the led's.
     
  10. mcholley

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    No, I meant with in tuning range....not visual range....

    The lights are not visible in daylight.

    Mark
     
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    +1!
     
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    As great as it is to play outside at festivals or parties, all pedals suck as far as visibility in the sun. I always end up using the pedalboard cover placed in front as a shade. After 40 years, some things will never change....(except my eyesight , which is not getting better!)
     
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    In direct sunlight - NO GO. A shade is needed. Such is life.
     
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    Cure the problem completely - move to Scotland.

    No more direct sunlight.

    :)




    You will however need a rain cover ;).
     
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    is anything visible in direct sunlight?
     
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    is anything visible in direct sunlight?
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    Yes....every inch of a woman in a white sundress.....................
     
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    My humble experience with it out in the 'wild blue yonder' has not been too good. My rack has a shade on that thing, and I generally wound up using a Peterson Virutal strobe tuner in a tent or in the bus or van. Maybe someone should use fiber optic illumination (hey R&D guys) for tuners. Too expensive? Hmmm....:BITCH
     
  18. El Gallo Negro

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    I'm thinking about just rocking a TU-12. My guitars are never too far out anyway.
     
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    I swore and got myself right pis*ed off the last time I used my TU-2 in direct sunlight. Gone, immediately. I sold it and replaced it with a TU-15 and am loving it. There are light arrows, the needle and a tone that tells when you are in tune. You can't screw up with the TU-15. The one down side is that there is no mute. You step on the TU-2 and it mutes your signal. You cannot do this with the TU-15. I have a simple A/B switch that I hit. To tune up I send the guitar signal into the tuner and it dead-ends there. Just like a mute button when live between songs.
     
  20. El Gallo Negro

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    Is there any reason that the TU-15 would be better than the TU-12, as far as tuning in daylight, and tuning in general? I will have a volume pedal with a tuner out, so the mute thing is no biggie to me. I'd like to hear about the practical bonuses of the TU-15, because I was thinking about that one, too.
     

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