Hi, Doug and Steve,

This raises the issue: are these variations in orchestra tuning, 
recording process, or both?



On 2019-04-12 10:00 p.m., Steve Smolian wrote:
> Hi, Doug,
> It's not that I have perfect pitch- I don't.  I do hear differences in tone, however.  Maybe I only think I do, in some cases, but I'm certain of it in others.  But I've worked with enough professional musicians to know that it matters to them, especially string players.
> Steve
> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] LP playing speeds
>   Hi Steve,
> Years ago I started checking the pitch of every single recording which came my way.The tape recorders without servo circuitry, like the Ampex 350 and most non-pro decks are especially difficult to fix. There is some software available for making gradual corrections over time, but these programs are not a panacea.
> I would add that a range of 15 to 20 cents is close the the limit of human hearing acuity, at least for those of us without perfect pitch. But I totally agree we should correct alldetectable errors.

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