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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!
 

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.
 

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. :)
 
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
 

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
 

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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