On Sat, 19 Mar 2005 22:32:24 -0500, Brad Lehman wrote:
> Anybody out there DO this stuff, or am I just eccentric?
of course, most all of us actually in the business. And why not? I
ain't that hard; no way. All us us routinely tuning for various
ensembles, and especially those of us with own orchestra instrument
experience, have been doing their own "ordinaires" for years if not
decades, just letting the others be content with a name like Valotti or
what have you , but knowing full well it ain't nothing of the sort.
Gizmos are nice for chipping, as adjustable tuning forks, or for
initially tuning organs when the open pipes still have to trimmed to
exact length (cone tuning). Not that this cannot be done by hand and
ear; of course it can just as easily as far as the trimming and hearing
goes. It is just faster because one doesn't have to wait for pipes to
cool down again to be used as reference. Good gizmos like the Vogel
actually read out how much to trim off, but CAREFUL!, it can be very