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Lewis.S

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Hi everyone,

Does anybody have any ideas for a good metronome with a loud click? I currently use a digital one, but the beep isn't too great! Also, if a mechanical one is best, are they are all reasonably expensive? or are there any cheaper ones.

Thanks in advance,
Lewis
 

B'dragon

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I down loaded an app called (I think) wierd metronome. I run it on my laptop connected to a pair of speakers. Now I can blast the metronome away! Too many years in load bands! I like the fact I can set it for 4, 3 or 2 beats per measure or customize the beats to almost any thing I could want. Very nice little app!
 

Justin Chune

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I use a Korg MA30, it does the business and didn't cost much. It has an earphone connection as well.

Jim.
 

Targa

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I used to have an antique Maelzel which had a very loud click and bell.
Bought it on ebay for £27 and then sold it 6 months later for £55.
 

Lewis.S

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Thanks for the help everyone, and Chris, that looks like a nice metronome, I might look into it, thanks.
 

jthole

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I used to have an antique Maelzel which had a very loud click and bell.
Bought it on ebay for £27 and then sold it 6 months later for £55.
I still use the metronome that I got as a kid; a mechanical Wittner Taktell. It's loud enough, and I think the sound is much more pleasing than the lifeless clicks of modern electronic metronomes.

Of course the precision of modern metronomes is a bit better.
 

Chris98

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I still use the metronome that I got as a kid; a mechanical Wittner Taktell. It's loud enough, and I think the sound is much more pleasing than the lifeless clicks of modern electronic metronomes.

Of course the precision of modern metronomes is a bit better.
I wholeheartedly agree, my mechanical metronome keeps impeccable timing, except when I come up to a hard passage, at which point it throws a wobbly and speeds up!

I should point out that I experience similar things with iTunes when playing along to backing tracks, it must be these aging G5 processors I'm running ;}
 

Fraser Jarvis

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I have used a Korg (cant remember the model number) combination metronome and tuner, but due to my deafness find it hard to hear the clicks, what i do now is use one of the online metronomes from bestmetronome.com i fire it through my 30watt Roland cube so the clicks would probably blow you away if you have normal hearing!! very good visual aid as well!!
 
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picconose

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As with clocks and watches, the cheapest electronic metronome will keep better time than the most expensive mechanical one. But I must admit, being a clock repairman by trade, I have a soft spot in my heart for the older mechanical metronomes. I use a 1920's Seth Thomas, with a piezo mike pickup run through a Peavey 600 and a pair of Peavey Black Widow speakers. With that rig, I could blow the windows outof my house, if I chose to really crank up the gain. Certainly there is no problem hearing the clicks over anything I can play on an unamplified wind instrument. :)
 

Flipper2008

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I still use the metronome that I got as a kid; a mechanical Wittner Taktell. It's loud enough, and I think the sound is much more pleasing than the lifeless clicks of modern electronic metronomes.

Of course the precision of modern metronomes is a bit better.
Hey I use a Wittner Super Mini Taktell, never needs a replacement battery and is so easy to adjust the tempo , simples !

Flipp
 

saxomophone

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+1 for clockwork. Theyre nice objects and the movement of the stick gives a visual cue for time as well as the very pleasing analog click. I have a taktell cost about 30quid I think. Dropped it a few times but it still seems happy.

You probably know this already but I would recommend using a metronome on beats 2 and 4 only - not every beat. Takes a bit of getting used to but much more valuable practice-wise.
 

TomMapfumo

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The Denis Wick 3 in 1 Tuner/Metronome/Tone Generator is excellent at about £16 or so - designed by a musician for use in actual musical situations as well as practice/rehearsals etc. The Metronome produces a clear beat, with additional pulse per bar, and also has flashing lights so you can practice without extra sound. The tuner will readily transpose to whatever instrument you are playing - Bb, Eb, C, F etc. and is accurate to 100th of a semi-tone. I've used one for five years. Worth a Look. I have a mechanical metronome - Wittner which is a lovely piano black, which sits on our piano black piano & never gets used.

Good luck
Tom
 

old git

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Tom,
Why don't you use your piano black piano?

Next time you come up to Wimbledon, tow it to Croydon where we will use it in our Community Centre.
 

Young Col

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Now Tom and OG being Welsh, they will both understand if I ask if it is a slow,black, crow-black piano.

I have an old Wittner Taktel junior mechanical metronome, which is perfectly good for practising to.
YC
 

TomMapfumo

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Tom,
Why don't you use your piano black piano?

Next time you come up to Wimbledon, tow it to Croydon where we will use it in our Community Centre.
The rest of the family play the piano. I decided that guitar and piano are just not for me - I have to blow something!
Kind regards
Tom
 

old git

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To the two previous posts, Abertawe is very near Llareggub.

Does anyone know why his mum always pronounced his name "Dullanne"?
 
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Young Col

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"It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black, the cobblestreets silent and hunched, courters' - and - rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack fishingboat-bobbing sea".

Nothing to do with metronomes but a lot to do with Stan Tracey and a great British tenor sax player.
YC
 

TomMapfumo

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I did see said piece at the Brecon Jazz Festival in 2006 - performed by Stan Tracey narrated by Philip Madoc. We live approx 400 yds from Dylan's Birthplace in Swansea, which is now available for short term lets!
 
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