DIYAPASON-L Digest #198 - Sunday, December 3, 2000
 
Advice sought!
  by "Hugh Knapton" <knapton@superaje.com>
 

(back) Subject: Advice sought! From: "Hugh Knapton" <knapton@superaje.com> Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2000 14:09:29 -0500   Perhaps someone on the list can help me (another professional or knowledgeable):   As a personal favour to an organist, I have been tuning (reeds & touch-up) a competitor's organ for the last 6 months or so. The instrument is about 10 years old and is quite nice.   My problem: I am somewhat confused by the temperament! Without remembering all the details, I do know that the bearing intervals are unlike anything I have ever encountered; e.g Mid. C and G above have the fastest beat of the entire bearing. The Swell, Great, & Gallery Organs are all consistent with each other.   I am tempted to just establish "new equal temperament", but would hate to do this without ensuring that this is not just a temperament that I am unfamiliar with. Anyone have any knowledge of a system where C-G is the fastest interval?   I am suspecting that the organ may have been previously tuned by someone who relied upon an electronic tuning device.... but it works reasonably well, and several prominent organists have not noticed anything wrong with the bearings (I think).   We do not generally use electronic tuners... we have 3... and they all "disagree with each other"... but they are handy for quick "roughing in" prior to tonal finishing.   Advice would be welcome.   Hugh   p.s. I have been away for most of the last month. I have numerous messages as yet "unread" from this list!