I don’t do a lot of product reviews on this site, but every
once in a while I run across something I just have to share with my readers. This is one of those times.
Back in December, one of my students brought a new gadget to his lesson: The CenterPitch CP10 Tuner/Metronome. I’ve had an earlier model, the CP-2, for several years, and have been very happy with it. This new model is a huge step up.
The main difference between the CP-10 and the CP-2 is that the new model features a metronome in addition to the usual tuner.
What sets this metronome apart from others is one simple thing: volume. I have way too many metronomes in my possession that do nothing more than collect dust because they’re simply too quiet to be heard when you’re practicing the trumpet. This metronome projects like crazy. I’ve been using it since December and can happily report that you can hear it while playing the trumpet. The value of this feature cannot be overstated!!
The tuner is also quite good. It’s easy to read, handles transposing instruments well, and the entire display turns green when you are “in tune.” It also relies on a vibration sensing clip rather than a microphone, which means it can be used to check pitch reliably even in a room full of other people playing their instruments (like, say, a school band room).