Theo Gibb is about to start work on an Aeola TT for me. The subject of tuning has come up; ET or mean tone? I play both tunes and songs and for the latter would like the sweeter 3rds but do not wish to compromise playing tunes with other people. For tunes I use all the normal folk keys but use some less common ones for song e.g. Fm.
Has anyone direct experience of a MT-tuned EC? What advice can you give?
I have made this suggestion before, but it won't harm to repeat it.
Many sophisticated midi keyboards and Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) allow the temperament of their scales to be changed. This means you can experiment with different tuning systems by pressing a few buttons or making a few mouse clicks. This seems a good thing to try before metal is filed off reeds.
Of course, it won't sound like a real concertina, but it will give you some idea of what differences different tunings will make.
You might already have a suitable DAW or keyboard, or know somebody who can lend you a keyboard. There might even be free DAWs you could download to experiment.
I hope this helps,
Edited by Lofty, 16 January 2016 - 03:56 AM.