Tuning A Wurlitzer
The pitch of a reed is determined by it's length, rigidity, and mass. A
Wurlitzer reed las a large, pyramid-shaped block of lead or solder on it's
end. Alteration of this block by filing or adding solder will raise or
lower the pitch respectively. We take great care in shaping and filing
your reeds for optimal tone, sustain, and timbre. The reeds must also be
mounted with just the right amount of tension. Over-tightening of reed
screws results in reed fatigue and breakage down the road.
It takes true discipline and patience to properly tune a Wurlitzer.
Here at Mad Scientist, we have a decade of experience in this tricky endeavor.
We tune using our powerful Mac G-5, for absolute fundamental accuracy and
precision harmonic balance. We have the capacity to provide dozens of various
tunings, but nearly all of our clients request an equally tempered A-440.