Years back, there was a thread on the benefits of tuning a Wurlitzer
150 roll playing band organ to a temperament titled "just tuning".
The idea is thrown out in the Archives, but nobody reported trying it.
I was wondering if anyone has since tried this tuning method, and if
so, what were the results? I have been tuning my 146-B to equal
temperament, but am curious about trying just tuning.
Any thoughts on the suitability of this method on an organ with bells?
I checked the bells, and they are currently tuned A-435 equal
[ Editor's note:
[ Werckmeister and the de Caus methods are discussed in:
[ "Band Organ Just Tuning", MMDs 96.11.22, 96.11.25, 96.11.28;
[ "Building a Band Organ", 980614 MMD; "Werckmeister Tuning
[ for Wilhelm Bruder Organ", 010222 & 010223 MMD.
[ Fritz Gellerman tried the de Caus tuning on his North Tonawanda
[ band organ which plays Wurlitzer 150 music. He also tuned the
[ bells. He wrote to me:
[ "If there is an improvement in sound it's more or less masked
[ by all the racket, in which case it's hardly worth the effort.
[ Those with discriminating ears liked the sound, but they liked
[ it with the old tuning too, so they weren't much help. Since
[ I retuned the bells to the de Caus scale, I will keep the organ
[ tuned that way for the present rather than butcher them further."
[ -- Robbie