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    Is there good, preferably free software i can put on a laptop computer that I can use to tune an organ? Being able to select or program different temperaments would be really good too. I downloaded AP Tuner and it didn't work, the program closed and gave me errors instantly. Maybe it's a Vista issue?



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    Is it a pipe organ? If so, what sort of temperament is it supposed to be tuned to?

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      Do you have to tune a pipe organ? :O



      I thought that the sound is depend on the pipe's length, and as much as I know the length doesn't change...

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        cantornikolaos....OK, I have re-read your post, and also your bio. I think you're a little more advanced in tuning that I originally thought, reading your post the first time around. I was going to suggest (if you were tuning in regular "equal tempered" stuff) to get a small keyboard with variable pitch, and just tune to that. But you've been around the block...so I will suggest that you make the "plunge" and buy yourself the best pipe organ tuner you can find these days.....a Peterson V Sam tuner. It has several "practical" temperaments built in. And the tuner is the first one that you can set a temperament the first time and not have to worry about the intervals "drifting". It is absolutely accurate, and you should have one.

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          I was hoping for a way to get around spending the money at least for the time being. I will eventually have to go ahead and get it.





          Thanks

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            If you do a lot of good and faithful work for your employer, try dropping him a "hint" that a V Sam for a Christmas bonus would be a very practical gift. After all, "It is more blessed to give, than to receive".

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              Lol! I doubt that's happening anytime soon. That costs money.




              I hope though, that I can squeeze more old ranks of flutes off him. I got a sweet-soundingold Rohrflute that is maybe from the middle of the 19th century.

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                OK. I wish you well. Say some prayers for yourself! My prayers have never, never gone unanswered. I have a Franciscan Friar that is my assistant. He is a joy to have on board with me, and a real treasure!

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                  Nikolaos,



                  You can use Hauptwerk in any of at least two dozen temperaments and tune most organs using different starting points, e.g., A=440 Hz, A=415 Hz, A=435 Hz, etc. You can even make up your own temperaments. I think it's available in the free edition, too. Set it up with a good speaker system, use the computer keyboard and tune away!

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                    Have you done a google on "Musical Tuner"? You will soon find a site with a host of either freeware or shareware programs. Of course, as you say, it could be a Vista issue.




                    You don't have to buy Hauptwerk to use your laptop as a tuner. If you are familiar with using soundfonts, you can use the free Viena program (or Vienna if your laptop has a Creative soundcard!) to make a suitable soundfont. The maker of Viena produces a free soundfont player called SynthFont which will also give you a choice of many temperaments. But again, Vista may be a problem.




                    John Reimer


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                      [quote user="talss"]


                      Do you have to tune a pipe organ? :O




                      I thought that the sound is depend on the pipe's length, and as much as I know the length doesn't change...




                      [/quote]




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