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#556404 - 11/08/01 08:17 PM best metronome???
cybermock Offline
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Registered: 10/07/01
Posts: 9
Loc: greeley
Hello everyone. My teacher has recommended I purchase a Dr. Beat metronome 66. They have a new model, the 88. They are both rather pricey ($75-$150.00), but I'm not necessarily concerned with the price if they are really worth the extra cash. I've read about the features it has and it sounds pretty impressive. What are peoples opinions about this metronome inparticular? Thanks, and happy playing!! Eric \:\)

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#556405 - 11/08/01 09:05 PM Re: best metronome???
Bernard Offline
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Registered: 07/06/01
Posts: 3857
Loc: North Groton, NH
cybermock,

I know this is going to sound horribly opinionated, you're forwarned.

For the amount of time that I spend with a metronome, I cannot imagine spending that much money. If it were me, I'd spend $25 max. on the metronome and use the remaining $50 to buy some music.

So there! ;\)
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#556406 - 11/08/01 10:17 PM Re: best metronome???
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 5289
Loc: McAllen, TX
If you've got the $150 to slap down and play lots of contemporary music, buy the Dr. Beat (you can program it to click in uneven meters like 5/8 and 7/8). If you just need one for slow practice and what not, I would second Bernard's recommendation to buy a cheaper one.
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#556407 - 11/09/01 12:54 AM Re: best metronome???
cybermock Offline
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Registered: 10/07/01
Posts: 9
Loc: greeley
Thanks Bernard and Brendan, I appreciate your opinions. My piano teacher also has 2 BB M&H and a big Steinway,,,,,,,so I don't know if this is really really a necessity, or if it's just what she uses and is used to it. Does anyone use this type of metronome out there, and do you see any advantages to using it? Thanks. \:\)

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#556408 - 11/09/01 07:23 AM Re: best metronome???
AndrewG Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 2506
Loc: Denver, Colorado
I'm not sure about the 'best' part. I'm old-fashioned. I have been using the mechanical "Wittner" since my childhood. My current one was given as a gift by my cousin. I like these things quite a bit. I used it at every lesson with my students. I strongly require all my students to use these things in their early stages of training. To me a functional metronome regardless of brand should be a life-long companion for any pianist.

[ November 09, 2001: Message edited by: AndrewG ]

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#556409 - 11/09/01 10:58 AM Re: best metronome???
jodi Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 6959
Loc: The Evergreen State (WA)
My metronome has two settings - one with sound, one silent with and LED light that flashes. When you buy one, make sure the OFF position is the DOWN position, not in the middle, like mine. Clicks are up, off is middle, silent with light is down, so sometimes, I push it down from the clicks to turn it off, and don't realize I have pushed it passed the off position, and come back an hour later, with my metronome flashing away. Stupid design. Jodi

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#556410 - 11/09/01 01:42 PM Re: best metronome???
Mike Pappadakis Offline
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Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 207
Loc: Doylestown, PA
Jodi,

Sounds like you have the same one I have. And you're right - it's a stupid design. I think the individual who designed mine never had to use it.

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#556411 - 11/09/01 02:05 PM Re: best metronome???
DT Offline
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Registered: 06/01/01
Posts: 1478
Loc: Illinois
...and I am still using the freeware downloaded for my PDA which flashes and/or beeps the counts at the tempo and number of beats per measure set using the sliders on the screen.
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#556412 - 11/10/01 09:30 AM Re: best metronome???
John Owens Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 27
Loc: England
I've just bought a Yamaha QT-1, which looks like a small UFO. It cost 29 (about $45?) and its perfect for the job. The volume control is a nice feature.

A metronome is definitely worth buying, but I wouldn't spend $150 on one.

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#556413 - 11/10/01 11:12 AM Re: best metronome???
Amy Offline
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Registered: 07/07/01
Posts: 433
Loc: Upstate New York
There are so many different metronomes out there. I like the ones that are credit card sized but I find that most of the ones that just play a sound are too quiet for me to hear. The only one that is loud enough is Dr. Beat. I prefer the old fashioned ones that have the metal rod that moves back and forth. They're loud and I like the visual.
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#556414 - 11/10/01 01:12 PM Re: best metronome???
ryan Offline
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Registered: 06/04/01
Posts: 1995
Loc: Colorado
I have never been able to use mechanical metronomes. It always seemed to me that the pendulum reaches one side slightly faster than the other, which really, really bothers me. I have been told I was imagining it, even by an old teacher, but I could just never get used to the darn things \:\)

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#556415 - 11/10/01 03:59 PM Re: best metronome???
MacDuff Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 560
Loc: Southeast, U.S.A.
 Quote:
Originally posted by ryan:
I have never been able to use mechanical metronomes. It always seemed to me that the pendulum reaches one side slightly faster than the other, which really, really bothers me. I have been told I was imagining it, even by an old teacher, but I could just never get used to the darn things \:\)[/b]


The teacher I started with deplored mechanical metronomes for that very reason. She insisted on using a Franz electric. My next teacher adored the Wittner "Piccolo" metronome that sat on his studio piano, and I ended up having to purchase one in order to get used to the "tick tock" effect I encountered in lessons. I now prefer the pendulum metronome, but it was a big adjustment.

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