I was called by the University where I worked to tune their harpsichord for a recital and was told that the instrument is about 1/2 step low. I am going to give it two tunings; one to bring it up to pitch and a second one (or more) to prepare it for the recital. Is there anything I need to watch out for in bringing the instrument up to pitch. I have tuned it many times but I always kept it close to pitch and never let it get this flat. Thanks!
I would aim for the 3 tunings. They're not very stable.
Elwood- You need to learn all you can about the HVAC, and monitor humidity (not to mention spotlights). In Charlotte the Blumenthal auditorium, home to the Charlotte Symphony, could change relative humidity very quickly as the HVAC was on or off between rehearsals and performances, and the fine Kingston harpsichord was always moving up or down in pitch. Tunings were arranged for 90 minutes before curtain.
By the way, if the instrument has a transposing keyboard, raising pitch 100 cents may just involve pulling the cheek block and shifting the action to the right.
Elwood,For what it's worth, first check to see IF the keyboard is a transposing one.Could save a lot of things not the least, breakage of strings and time.If not, certainly plan on multiple passes and playthroughs. Charge accordingly.Been there, done that, have the T-shirt.Gerry
As was mentioned,
make sure the instrument does not have a transposer - moveable cheek blocks - or something similar. Ask me how I know...