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Old tuning tables in Castelfidardo museum
« on: June 02, 2018, 07:35:32 AM »

Some people might be interested to look at these tuning tables. One has a set of reference reeds fitted (I assume that's what they are). I also visited the 'biggest accordion in the world' and the gent in there had a very similar tuning table that he was using. Anyone know how the air control system would work? One button is out and it looks like a pin, so maybe it simply opens a spring loaded pallet below.
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Re: Old tuning tables in Castelfidardo museum
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2018, 08:48:15 AM »

They look a bit complicated, but I suppose that tuning by ear (surely that's what they'd be doing?) is necessarily that way. All the reeds slot into place as each one is tuned, so that it can be sounded against its fellows, up, down, octave etc. etc. A long process I should think, and a really good ear required.
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Re: Old tuning tables in Castelfidardo museum
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2018, 12:00:42 PM »

You could tune to the reference reeds, so hearing if it's in unison would be easy. Same goes for an octave. For tremolo reeds you could count the beats against the ref reeds, which isn't that hard. If you were trying to do eq temperament by ear, then, yes, you'd need a fair few years of practice for that. However I don't know if that is the approach. Then tweak the reeds in the box on a different tuning rig.
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Re: Old tuning tables in Castelfidardo museum
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2018, 01:17:56 PM »

From what I remember of visits to Nils Nelson, he used to tune to a set of reference reeds,....I don't ever remember seeing any kind of electronic device at all, I think he relied exclusively on his ears, ( and years of experience !!)
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