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    Henry Lowengard

    Antonio: that self sticking silicone plumber’s tape is the secret ingredient! There are a few brands, this might be “Rescue Tape”. And using that plastic test tube was great: it’s just the right size and can be shimmed with that tape to attach the blowing tube.

    André Sant’Anna

    Henry, thank you very much for the photos and explanations! Do know if there is a tuning diference between when you use your tool and when melodica is closed (better saying, the air chamber is closed)? For example, if I blow a reed directly the tunning is diferent than when the melodica is closed.

    Henry Lowengard

    I don’t see why it should be any different – any tuning differences would be due to air pressure which is pretty variable in both cases! I can test it though, I was was going to do a “tuning inventory” on it anyway just to see what shape it’s in.

    I write music software (that people don’t buy a whole lot of), and I might be able to throw together an online tuning web app that can:
    – record an analyze a series of sounds (you shouldn’t have to break them up, just make sure they are monophonic and clear)
    – check the frequencies for each “note”. They change over time, so you’ll get to pick which ones you want to pretend are the actual tuning.
    – compare it with the idealized version of that note for the tuning system you want (it might be 1/4 comma mean tone based on 442 Hz or something like that)
    – show which reeds need the most attention.
    – lets you save it for comparison later
    – optionally output a tuning file so if you like your out-of-tune melodica, you can convince a synthesizer to match its pitches. This would be using MIDI 2.0 or similar tricks.

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