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    I like Wittner KeyWound Metronome - Listen OnLine mecanical metronome (Pyramid wittner), but I never practice with it .

    My question is:

    1. It's too loud .. or too quiet ?
    2. so many people use digital metronome ... how do you think about mechanical ?
    3. It's comfortable to use to practice ?
    4. which one you choose between ... Wooden case & plastic case ?

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    I have a very simple plastic one, Thomann's house brand, but it works great.

    I prefer it over any digital metronome for some non-rational and sentimental reason that I can't realy explain....maybe the idea that Miles and Wes had nothing else to practise with, back in the days?

    It's plenty loud and practising with it greatly improved my speed, accuracy and timing. It's completely different from practising with band in a box or play-alongs, since you have to hear the piano and bass in your head ;-)

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    I am surprised those mechanical ones are still out there! Get a Boss or whatever. You can set it to click or to flash its LED, you can dial up funky meters like 7/4, you can toss it into your guitar case, working on speed, you can gradually speed it up with very specific BPMs, etc...

    The only plus I can think for the mechanical ones is they are a nice piece of furniture.


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    +1 I would like to have a nice mechanical one to set on the desk in my music room just because I think they look cool. The digital ones are far more versatile and practical to use, though.

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    My sister-in-law has a very nioe wooden one on her baby grand piano. She bought them both just for their value as furniture.

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    Alway digital in some way. More often than not I'll use a free web based metronome. Since I played with a drum machine for years I don't have many issues with keeping a steady tempo.

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    I've used the little blue Korg for ages and love it. Only $15.00 or something like that. I had an expensive $75.00 mechanical one and it got broken right away when it fell off my piano.

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    I've debated getting one because they are so simple and it would be nice to have it stay next to my practice stuff. But, my phone has a tuner and metronome which is always with me, and it has volume control. Love the look and sound of mechanical, but i use what i already have.

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    I couldn't care less, as long as it keeps time. BTW, I have both a mechanical and a digital one - one at home and one in our holiday log cabin.

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    +1 on that.

    I use an online metronome. There are plenty to choose from. Google it.


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    FWIW, I have a little Korg digital metronome in a drawer somewhere but the one I actually use is the MobileMetronome app on my phone.

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    mine is more than 40 years old....wooden..mechanical...works like it did when I first got it when I was in my 20's....

    time on the instrument....pierre

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    mechanical metronomes can get uneven beats, the spring needs winding, and there is no benefit from having a "warm mechanical click" for me - a digital "click" irritates just the same by showing my crappy timing

    p.s. a nice trick is to set the tempo to 1/2, 1/4 or even 1/8 - will not let you adjust with every quarter note but force to keep the tempo

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    I guess I'm just old school...... love a mechanical one!

    (have a digital one in my iPhone for on the road)

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    I have a mechanical metronome but I don't use it any more I use a metronome app on my phone. I like the idea of the mechanical metronomes but unless they are sitting on a perfectly flat surface they don't keep time and the idea of practicing with a slightly skewed click is a bit concerning.

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    thank you for your comment ... today i brought wittner plastic case .... It's good for me .

    ^^

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    I use mechanical. I like the click sound and I like the visual of the swinging arm. Helps me lock in.

    Don't know what it is with metronome vs drummer, but I can latch on to a drummer much quicker than a metronome.

    EG

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elias Graves
    Don't know what it is with metronome vs drummer, but I can latch on to a drummer much quicker than a metronome.
    Because a drummer is musical / rhythmic.

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    In my case its because the drummer plays smaller divisions and he also latches to me

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    I have been using the mechanical metronome for practice and it really has helped! Metronomes really have helped to improve my rhythm and sense of timing and tempo, so when I play, I play accurately and the music sounds really good. I don't really use the bell feature as available on most mechanical metronomes but the tempo is vital. I generally use Hanon and do finger exercises and practice and notice that my fingers get stronger and more reliable in harder and more complex music practice. The metronome that I use is attached below:


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    I really want one of these after watching the Emily Remler videos when I was a kid.

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    Carol Kaye recommends the Franz Bakelite metronôme, too.

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    A demonstration video of the Franz metronome


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    I would like to buy a mechanical/windup/old school metronome as a practical home ornament for my music corner in the future.

    I don't mind forking out a bit of dough if it looks and sounds nice. Mostly, I use a metronome on my phone but it would be fun to have a traditional one around on a shelf somewhere next to music books.

    What manufacturers and models should I look out for? Can circa 100 € get me something that can be displayed and is not too plastic-y?

    Edit: ah, I hit the post thread button before getting rid of the hyphen.

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    If it were mostly for decoration, I'm not sure the model and manufacturer are that important ...

    Google shows me wooden, mechanical metronomes from $30 - 180, so I'm sure you can find something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeezebox
    I would like to buy a mechanical/windup/old school metronome as a practical home ornament for my music corner in the future.

    I don't mind forking out a bit of dough if it looks and sounds nice. Mostly, I use a metronome on my phone but it would be fun to have a traditional one around on a shelf somewhere next to music books.

    What manufacturers and models should I look out for? Can circa 100 € get me something that can be displayed and is not too plastic-y?

    Edit: ah, I hit the post thread button before getting rid of the hyphen.
    Well, since you ask, there's nothing quite like that classy elegant look of a wooden Wittner (sorry I can't easily rotate pics; please tilt head) ...

    Mechanical Metronome for Guitar Practice?-20200704_084358-jpg

    Mechanical Metronome for Guitar Practice?-20200704_084347-jpg

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    Those classic metronomes look nice but I've personally never used one that actually kept decent time. There might be good ones out there that I've never tried of course. This might be slightly not what you are looking for but for classic looks, good time and makes a good and useful sound then pick up a vintage Franz metronome. The kind that you plug into the wall and has that orange diamond light that flashes on top. Black bakelite or wood. They haven't made them in years but used ones are still affordable. I bought mine on ebay something like fifteen years ago and I use it all the time. Best $40 I ever spent.

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    Franz. Gotta be a reason they've been used for 100+ years (I'm guessing)...

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    Just ordered a classic plug-in, light on top Franz. $30 and change on ebay.

    Thanks to the OP for reminding me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gggguitar
    Those classic metronomes look nice but I've personally never used one that actually kept decent time.
    For years I thought my sense of time was just that bad, like I was time deaf instead of tone deaf. I would hear the metro-gnome as if it was speeding up, and slowing down, etc. This is a budget plastic Wittner. Then when I got an electronic metro-gnome and compared them, I found out that the d****d thing really WAS speeding up and slowing down!

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    Somebody stole mine. It was lovely: brushed aluminium with a perspex window. It would fit in the palm of my hand.

    If you realise your dream of a mechanical metronome, watch out for thieves.

    I learned today that the two voices on the annoying novelty record Gimme Dat Ding (Number One in New Zealand, 1970) represent a piano and a metronome; the singer of the metronome part was interviewed on the radio this morning.

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    Bless the basics. Maybe out of fashion, never out of stock...

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    I bought an old wooden Wittner on eBay a few years back for $40. It's got that old-school vibe and sound I was after.

    But yeah, it swings heavier than I do.

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    A friend just gave me an old wooden Wittner in beautiful shape, much cooler than the old plastic one I have, just need to get a key.

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    Wittner and Franz seem like good starting points, thanks! Buying used would be an idea too.

    Quote Originally Posted by marcwhy
    If it were mostly for decoration, I'm not sure the model and manufacturer are that important ...
    I would like to buy something that is useful as a normal metronome as well, not just looks. Altho I concede that there are more practical metronomes out there. Plus I just ordered the Barry Galbraith Bach inventions book, I am pretty sure it´s illegal to practice those without a classy wooden metronome.


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    i have two of them, but i use my iphone, free app, adjust volume easily... always easy to find

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    Phone app, Time Guru.

    It allows you to specify a percentage of beats to randomly silence. That's good for making sure you're keeping time in your head and not using the metronome for that.

    Also, has tap tempo, which you don't get with a mechanical metronome.

    I do think that mechanical metronomes have some sort of classic beauty, connecting us to our forebears in music. If I had a grand piano in a huge living room, which I don't, I'd have a classic metronome on it as a work of art.