Organ's can be tuned equally with ease, although it is fairly time intensive. 
(A midsize instrument, say 25 stops, will take about 8 hrs. to do) It is not a 
lack of competence but a general lack of consistent temperature that frequently 
gives the general tuning fuzziness to the organ. It is a very temperature 
dependent creature for sure. I played on one for awhile that come winter was 
irrittingly out of tune for the first 10 minutes of the service as the organ 
chamber did not warm nearly as fast as the rest of the building. By the end of 
the service it sounded very decent. There have been others that have been just 
as adversely affected by the immense amount of heat the lighting systems put 
out so by the end of the service the reeds were always a risky proposition. 

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-------- Original message --------From: David Kastrup <> Date: 
2/8/18  7:53 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: "N. Andrew Walsh" <> 
Cc: lilypond-user <> Subject: Re: Gis major key signature; 
Lily's key signature algorithm 
"N. Andrew Walsh" <> writes:

> Hi David,
> On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 10:39 AM, David Kastrup <> wrote:
>> Don't be silly.  Equal temperament most certainly is not
>> "technologically impossible".
> please note the qualifier "in the 18th century." The technological
> means to tune *exact* equal temperament weren't available until around
> the 1830s,

There are no "technological means".  Professional tuners of a number of
instruments tune by _ear_ after tuning a single note (which is
independent from temperament) to a reference.  Of course, organs are not
really tuned equally tempered even now, but that's not because of a lack
of competence.  Accordions are tuned by ear by good tuners, and those
_are_ equal tempered as a rule.

David Kastrup

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