DIYAPASON-L Digest #361 - Thursday, August 2, 2001
 
Re: Pitch
  by "Mac Hayes" <mach37@ptw.com>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Pitch From: "Mac Hayes" <mach37@ptw.com> Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2001 12:54:19 -0700   Eric Sagmuller wrote: > ... I tried to tune my Moller Principal to Weirkmeister III and > ran into the same problem.   Eric, any chance that Moller might have recycled that rank from an older organ?   As for Handel's tuning fork, and many other old-timers tuning forks varying a lot in pitch, & other historical instrument pitches as references - I wonder if maybe in those days (prior to 1900) they gave very little thought to varying temperature effects on pipes, strings, and brass instruments? Also I would think humidity would have a great effect on gut strings. Is there any historical record of when these atmospheric effects on tuning were taken into consideration when making tuning forks, or more importantly, when adjustments for these effects were actually done in performance (prior to 1900)? I figure that by the late 1800's nearly everything was known about these scientific aspects, and by 1900 'everything was up to date in the music world.'   Mac Hayes