John Tuttle asked about tuning a piano for a honky-tonk sound. Way
back when, when I tuned pianos regularly, I had someone give me the
same request as John received. I tuned the piano as I normally would,
then I detuned most of the piano flat, one string per note, just enough
so that it was a bit "twangy". I don't remember how far down the scale
I went with my detuning but I didn't detune the bottom couple of octaves.
The piano was generally in tune, as far as playing with other
instruments, but was consistently out of tune so all notes had a
similar dissonance. I don't think the exact amount of detuning would
have really mattered to this customer. I thought it was awful but the
customer was happy!
I have a recording (I think I still do), probably from the 60's called
'Honky-Tonk Percussion' that was made with a piano that was apparently
tuned out of tune, probably similar to what I described above. If you
like that sort of music, it really doesn't sound that bad, along with