Does a harpsichord have 88 keys?
Lol. Spell check is prejudiced against viols.
Quote from: Testy Calibrate on September 13, 2016, 08:40:21 AMLol. Spell check is prejudiced against viols. Ah.Tuning a viol is harder than a harpsichord in some ways. The strings are less stable (gut), and the frets present their own problems.Once, when I was studying in Basel, my teacher, Jordi Savall, was pissed off because the consort I was in had spent too long tuning. We did it on purpose because I'd suggested we play in sixth comma (well, spending a long time wasn't deliberate, but we wanted to get it right). He was also pissed off because the other consorts weren't in tune (ours was). I explained about the temperament I'd suggested. He said he thought you should "just use your ear" (his of course is brilliant), and that temperaments weren't appropriate for viols. I pled science (and a bit of math). So he took a viol from another player, shoved all the frets up to the nut, handed it to me, and said "tune it".Aarrgh. A whole class watching, and not even my own viol. Anyway, I did it, and set all the frets. I handed it back to him and he played it. And said "hmm. OK. Good".So I sort of won. But he still wanted us to be quicker, which is fair enough.