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So I came across this :The tuning table speaks for itself, but what about the extra long reed block "thing" on top of it? It was on top of the tuning table, and was wondering if anyone ever saw one before, and how it was used. Its a bout a yard long. I'm guessing it was for tuning, but I really don't know. On the underside there is a pallet that can be opened and closed by the lever on the top of each reed, as shown in the picture. Looks really well made, and by hand so it took a lot of time I am sure to fabricate.
Looks to me like it's a tuning table whereby the reed to be tuned is compared to a "tone standard", generated from the reed selected on the reed block. The subject reed would be compared to the reference reed (via tremolo effect) and adjusted accordingly. System predating electronic methods.
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Could be, but a skilled tuner only needs the tuning fork. You start by tuning the A (440Hz or whatever you want) and then you go from there with quints (making octave jumps to stay within the same octave), using a beating frequency (tremolo) of about 1.5 beats per second, to perform the "well tempered" tuning. Of course nowadays just using an app makes this a lot easier...
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