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Since 1982.

GUITAR TUNERS
ELECTRONIC - CHROMATIC - ANALOG - DIGITAL

 

One of the best Guitar Tuners ever made (at least in my opinion) was the Zen-on Chromatina 331. It's a Chromatic Tuner, with a REAL analog, D-Arsonoval meter movement....We also serviced about everything, including guitars, basses, autoharps, harps, dulcimers, banjos, ukulele's, string instruments such as violins, violas & cellos and much more...One of the most difficult tasks we would occasionally need to do was... READ MORE BELOW
 

 

 

    

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PRE-OWNED / VINTAGE
ZEN-ON CHROMATINA ZC-331 CHROMATIC TUNER
GUITAR TUNER / INSTRUMENT TUNER


IS THIS "THE BEST" INSTRUMENT TUNER EVER? WELL, IT'S CERTAINLY ONE OF THE BEST EVER MADE (at least in my opinion)
for sale (while supply of original, versions last)
One of the best Guitar Tuners ever made (at least in my opinion) was the Zen-on Chromatina 331. It's a Chromatic Tuner, with a REAL analog, D-Arsonoval meter movement. I sold these throughout most of the 1990's while working at a 'full line' music store. We sold everything from Grand Pianos, to Nose Flutes including everything in between; band instruments, stage lighting, sound systems (in about any size you needed), percussion, guitars, orchestral instruments, vintage fretted and string instruments. We also serviced about everything, including guitars, basses, string instruments such as violins, violas & cellos and much more. One of the most difficult tasks we would occasionally need to do was tuning an 'Auto-Harp'. We usually flipped a coin or drew straws to see who would have to do it. While we had tuners (and I've sold tuners) by Arion HU-8100G, HU-8300, HU-8400, HU-8500, HU-8800, Boss the TU-12 & TU-12H (actually a nice tuner as well), Korg models CA-20, CA-30, GT-120, WT-12 other Zen-on's, Seiko SAT1200, ST600, ST700, ST737, and many more that escape me now, as well as an actual Peterson Strobe Tuner, every tech there utilized the Zenon Chromotina ZC-331. The analog meter needles movement was perfectly smooth, fluid and even across the scale (no 'jerkiness'), the built-in microphone was very sensitive (heard the tones as they trailed off in volume level to a very low degree), the meter responded quickly to the microphone or an input jack signal (there was no delay or lag time while the tuner processed), and it was VERY accurate. Being a 'Full Service' shop, we also did many guitar set-ups (also bass, mandolin, violins, banjos etc.) including 'intonation' work. As I mentioned earlier, we had a Peterson Strobe tuner, which was the recommended tool for intonations. However, frankly, the Zen-on 331 Chromatina did the same job, was just as accurate, quicker and took up less space on the portable tech benches. It was built well, in Japan, NOT China like many of the cheeeeeeeeeeesey ones, and was VERY durable. Almost every day, they would get knocked off the bench, onto a hard, commercial floor MANY times, and never broke. We probably sold a couple dozen a week, over the better part of a decade that I worked there and I think I may remember seeing a couple in the back with 'defective' tags over that time period. They weren't cheap (as tuners go, and we had tuners all the way down to $20. We had them that 'clipped-on' to the headstock, that were LCD, that were digital, even one that had a mechanism that would actually turn the tuning machines until they were in tune (theoretically anyway. The only thing it "turned", was it 'turned out to be a P.O.S.')

Zen-on ZC-331 Features:

Chromatic so works with about any musical instrument
Very STEADY Analog Meter / Needle
Very Sensitive Built-in Microphone
Very Accurate and most importantly 'Steady enough' to use to 'intonate / adjust instruments'
Display; Meter, Tuning Scale, Note / Pitch Indicator and 'Calibration' and Battery Check Level
Uses standard 9 Volt battery
1/4" input for guitar pickups, any microphone or a 'clip-on' guitar / instrument pickup
Can be left 'In-Line' with an electric instruments pickup such as electric or bass guitar
Automatically Chromatic so no need to change notes manually.
Back-Lit meter (can be turned off) for use in a darkened room or stage

Zen-on ZC-331 Specifications:

Display;
Meter, Tuning Scale, Note / Pitch Indicator and 'Calibration' and Battery Check Level
Measuring Range;
C1 (32.7Hz to B7 (3951.1Hz)
Accuracy;
1 Cent
Calibration; 428Hz to 445Hz (defaults to A=440Hz at each 'power off / on')
Terminals;
1/4" Input and Output jacks and AC adaptor Jack for 9V (Neg Pin!!!)
Power source(s)
; Standard 9V battery or optional 9V AC 'Wall Wart' adaptor (not avail from us)
Power source(s); Standard 9V battery or optional 9V AC 'Wall Wart' adaptor (not avail from us)

I still use one on the bench here at the shop, have one on my bench at home, have a couple in my home studio, and always keep one in my case when out and about with a my guitar or bass. Yes, I have a few other 'quality' tuners, such as a Korg GT-120 (was about $150-$190), a 'rack tuner' (looks cool, but stays on one rack, isn't portable, and isn't good for doing 'intonations'), and a couple 'Stage Tuner Pedals' (one by Arion, HU-8500', was about $100.00 and one by Boss, TU-3 ($150 if I remember correctly) a fairly 'classic model' by Boss, and I think I like the Arion better for a 'pedal tuner'). I also have others, but pretty much only use the Zen-on 331 Chromatina. It utilizes a standard 9-Volt battery, has a 'battery check' function on the meter, has a 'back-lit' option for the meter, has 'direction arrows' as an easy way to let you know which way you need to go (sharp or flat...as if you didn't already know that...hopefully), and has a Line-In and a Line-out via standard 1/4" guitar plug jacks for electric instruments or leaving plugged 'in line' with your guitar, bass, or other instrument. As it has such an accurate and 'fast' microphone system and 'smooth movement' to the needle, it also works great for vocals. Very handy for determining harmonies, or 'tuning' your voice. I really can't say enough about this tuner, but the bottom line is, it does what about everybody needs a tuner to do, it does it VERY WELL, doesn't have any 'extra fluff' to get in the way and is VERY durable. Just a great 'utilitarian' tool. Too bad they didn't keep them in production. I think they just weren't 'flashy' enough for the markets progression, so we end up with 'lots of flashing lights' out of China (hey, "flashing lights" on circuit boards are cheaper to build than, analog, D-Arsonoval meter movement, and way more 'sexy'. Right.?)
No, they're not made anymore, and are fairly rare. I've been purchasing all I can come across for myself, but now that I have enough in all the places I need them (2-3 in my studio, a couple on my 'guitar bench', 2-3 at the shop, and a few in my guitar cases), I have a few extras to sell. Will included a copy of the users / owners manual. Includes our standard 90 Day warranty (yes, even though they pre-owned).


Each one is tested for accuracy against a tuning fork (remember those). So far, they've all been 'dead on', just as they were when new.

Great, Pre-Owned Condition.
limited availability.
$99.99 ea.
comes w/ a new, fresh Duracell 9V battery



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