Thread: Sharpness War
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Old 01-15-2019, 06:41 AM   #4
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Default Re: Sharpness War

But the 19th century British pitch was not A=439 but A=452, called Old Philharmonic Pitch.

It's why old flutes saxes etc play so sharp, unless marked "LP" (low pitch) which is A=440.

Our modern B flat=480 is very close to A=452, meaning that in the 1990s Pipe Bands finally rose to the pitch that English orchestras were playing at a century earlier.

But yes clarinets are commonly offered today at A=440 and A=442 due to so many orchestras playing higher than 440.
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