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Old 01-29-2013, 05:45 PM
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Default Recommendation for stand alone metronome

I'm looking for a good stand alone metronome. Not an app; just a metronome. Are there any models that players on this board have used consistently and would recommend?

What features I would like:

Loud, but with volume control.
Can be plugged into an amp.
Has an AC adapter, but can use batteries.
Has a range from 10 BPM to 300+
Fairly easy to operate.
Can do subdivisions, but not an excessive variety.
Can do silent bars (not necessary, but nice).
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:30 PM
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Dr. Beat - DB-88 almost met all of your criteria. The lowest it goes in speed is 35 bpm.

Been using mine for the last 10+ years.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:32 PM
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Dr. Beat - DB-88 almost met all of your criteria. The lowest it goes in speed is 35 bpm.

Been using mine for the last 10+ years.

Thanks, DMACC!

I'll most likely go with your recommendation. If someone else has another metronome they think is better, I'll certainly look into it. But the fact that you've been using one for over a decade tells me a lot. Although I'll probably have to go with the DB-90, since it seems Roland has replaced the DB-88. They do look very similar and I'm sure they have the same quality workmanship as the one you have.

As far as the range goes, I suppose I could program rests in to simulate slower tempos.

-John
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:02 PM
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I use a Tama RW105 Rhythm Watch............loud enough to work with a kit.

It "only" goes to 250 bpm...............Lord knows that is more than enough for me

Used it for the past three years and have no complaints.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:53 PM
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I use a Tama RW105 Rhythm Watch............loud enough to work with a kit.

It "only" goes to 250 bpm...............Lord knows that is more than enough for me

Used it for the past three years and have no complaints.
And thank you too, Longgun! Looks like I have another contender.

I just looked at a couple of videos with both the Rhythm Watch and the DB-90. They both look like they'll fit the bill. I'm leaning more toward the DB-90, but might want to see them in a store first. And as far as the 250 max. BPM for both of them; there are plenty of workarounds (for fast ride patterns, etc.).

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Old 01-30-2013, 12:40 AM
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I used the simmons sdpc1 pro click for a while. It was pretty good. I wanted the rhythm watch but they were sold out. The boss db-90 is probably the best. Lots of pros use it. But then again... It's $180... You mentioned no apps but... I purchased "pro metronome" for $1.99 (the upgrade of the free version) And it has all the features you've requested, including silent bars. 10 - 300 bpm. It also has visual timing and a pendulum mode. Also, the screen can flash or your phone can vibrate for the down beat. I returned the simmons and saved nearly $100
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:42 AM
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Thank you, Kelly!

I will check out the pro metronome app. I have a couple already, including "time guru" and am always looking for something like that.

But mainly, I'm looking for a robust box. I have a 'quik time' metronome that I got about about 14 years ago. It's OK, but inconvenient to scroll up and down for tempos. Plus it's too quiet. Before that, I had a Sabine for quite some time. But I lost it in a car fire on I 95 north of Attleboro, MA. When I went to the junk yard to retrieve stuff from it, I heard this clicking noise and found this half melted bar blinking at me. Before that I had a Franz metronome. It was a plug in unit and fairly loud, but had a rubber wheel driving the cam which made the click. It eventually came loose and would play intermittently after I tried to fix it.

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Old 02-02-2013, 05:55 PM
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I got the DB-90 last night. It seems very intuitive and though I've only spent 20 minutes with it, I'm sure it was the right choice.

Thanks again, DMACC and everyone else who chimed in!

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