[Harp-L] How much is Enough?

chespernevins@xxxxx chespernevins@xxxxx
Mon Aug 5 11:56:27 EDT 2019

Yes, that’s totally cool, I agree.  

My perspective was the following:  for a few years I studied a 72 note octave.  6 notes to a half step.  The smallest noticeably unique interval we could really sing or play was 16 cents sharp or flat.

Anything less than that appeared to be roughly the normal original pitch.

But again, I agree that in the context of piano tuning or even reed tuning you are correct.

I wonder what degree of accuracy we actually accept as in tune in the context of a melodic line.


> On Aug 5, 2019, at 10:52 AM, Richard Hunter <rhunter377 at xxxxx> wrote:
> Chesper Nevins wrote:
> It is my opinion that I (and perhaps others?) will accept a pitch that is
> within a max of 10 cents sharp or flat as being relatively in tune.  More
> than that is audible as a different pitch.
> ****
> I tuned pianos for a living for close to 10 years, and I can assure you
> that a pitch that's 10 cents off sounds noticeably out of tune.  None of my
> customers would have accepted that..
> Try tuning the draw 4 or blow 6 reed 10 cents flat, play that against the
> lower octave, and tell me whether you hear a difference.
> Thanks, Richard Hunter
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