>This discussion of harpsichord tuning has been very interesting, but as
>viola da gamba player who does a lot of continuo work I'd like to know
>what you experienced tuners do when you'll be working with fretted
>instruments like viols or theorbos? Do you have any favorite
>that work well for particular repertoires? How much fret adjustment do
>your associates have to do?
Yes, of course this comes up. Normally the tuner (who would ordinarily
be the harpsichordist, a member of the ensemble) consults with the group
to establish a kind of group protocol; there is no single good answer,
so the group has to establish how they're going to handle such
questions, on a case by case basis, ultimately. If there's no
opportunity to consult, and the repertoire is 18th c. baroque, I'd
normally leave a Werckmeister III, a good safe temp. that most players
can get along with.