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Mar 6, 2019 - 4:11:10 PM

borgward

America Samoa

3 posts since 2/22/2019

I have Tenor Banjo strung for standard tuning. What do I tune the open C string to? Middle C on the Piano? C note (third fret) on the Guitar A string? An octave below Middle C on the Piano?

Mar 6, 2019 - 4:26:06 PM

4783 posts since 11/13/2005

I believe it's an octave below middle C Thomas.

Mar 7, 2019 - 12:12:38 AM

Polle Flaunoe

Denmark

5323 posts since 3/7/2006

 

C3 ~ Low C ~ c small octave ~ 130.813 Hz ~ the first C to the left of the piano key hole ~ the A-string on a guitar fretted at 3rd fret ~ etc.

wink

Mar 15, 2019 - 1:26:22 PM

5491 posts since 8/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Polle Flaunoe

 

C3 ~ Low C ~ c small octave ~ 130.813 Hz ~ the first C to the left of the piano key hole ~ the A-string on a guitar fretted at 3rd fret ~ etc.

wink


Perhaps you haven't looked at a piano lately, but after tuning them for about 45 years, and also just having checked the one I have in my living room, I can assure you that the the first "C" to the left of the keyhole is actually "middle  C," and not C3. Middle C is very close to the center where the piano usually has its lock, but actually is slightly to the left. (Once in a blue moon, there is an extra wide "cheek block" at the end of the bass section which could possibly push the middle C even with the keyhole, but that's rather unusual.)

I'd stick with C3 anyway, as there are quite a number of pianos that don't have locks and therefore don't have keyholes to measure from.

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