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1. From twelve to twenty five cars.
2. False. Piano tuners were trained in piano factories which only manufactured pianos.


The History of Piano Tuning

The evolution of stringed keyboard instruments into the modern piano began in the early 18th century and culminated in the late 19th century. As the harpsichord, fortepiano and numerous intermediate piano designs were inexorably changing form, the musicians, composers and music theorists of the time were also experimenting and utilizing various tuning systems or temperaments for the performance of the music. There were no standard piano tuning professionals as there are today, therefore any given tuner tuned differently from each other as they themselves tuned differently from one tuning to the next. This absence of absolute standardization was not due to incompetence but rather a versatility and a musical approach to tuning that has yielded to the scientifically ‘modern’ system of Equal Temperament in practice from 1917. Since famous composers such as Beethoven, Bach, etc. and others during the 18th and 19th century did not mention their tuning practices and preferences, the job of documenting tuning methods was left to musicians, instrument makers, music theorists, physicists and mathematicians of the time. Furthermore, all those who tuned their instruments were aware of and instinctively used the numerous permutations of color changes, tonality and key characters that were available through these temperaments as a means toward heightened expression in their musical performances and compositions.
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