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Thread: just intonation

  1. #1
    Lieutenant Commander, Concertmaster
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Sacramento, California, USA

    just intonation
    are pipe organs tuned justly or to
    a 'strobotuner' or somesuch ?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2003

    Re: just intonation

    Most Organ Tuners still tune by ear.....Tuning the "Temperament" Octave first....and either start with A 440
    or C 440 and tune in 5th's & Octaves......Most Modern Piano Tuners use a Form of the Strobotuner (Yamaha Tuner etc) to tune.
    Pipe Organ Tuning is an "art" like "voicing" and varies from Builder to Builder & Tuner to Tuner. Organ pipes are tuned Counting 'Beats' and sharpening/flattening as each type of pipe requires.Open Flue Pipes have Tuning slides and Wooden Pipes have slides or Stoppers. etc.Reed pipes have Wires to adjust the tounges...It's a Long Subject.
    Piano Tuning is entirely different in that a Tuner can "stretch" the notes (strings) sharp or flat.
    Using the Electronic both cases is ONLY mainly used for the Temperament Octave and then just to check other notes after final Tuning.
    To tune an Instument (Piano or Organ) "Exactly" to one of these Tuners so that everything is "Perfect" does NOT work. The Human Ear does NOT like Perfect Sounds..Hence The "Chorus" effect....
    It is a 1-2 Year Part of a 5 Year apprenticship to learn "Tuning" and is involved. Cheers Pamadu/Paul.

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