Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info
MMD > Archives > May 2001 > 2001.05.27 > 02Prev  Next

Band Organ Just Tuning
By Bill Masterman

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

Bill Masterman
Tacoma, WA

 [ 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

(Message sent Mon 28 May 2001, 01:24:48 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Band, Just, Organ, Tuning

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   

Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google

CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2018 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

Translate This Page

. .