. . . At least, Bochsa is the one who wrote it down.
My Sylvan has never been in tune. I have an old Korg that only shows five-cent intervals, which gets me in the realm of playable, but it’s frequently unpleasant. I’ve tried tuning by ear in perfect octaves and fifths, which worked with the smaller Pakistanis I had in the distant past, but I found that my current five octaves is enough for that method to create dissonance between the highest and lowest pitches.
Last night, while searching for solutions (should I put an expensive strobe tuner on my wish list?), I found a site that explained [Bochsa’s tuning method](http://shutupandplay.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-best-tuning-method-ever). I tried it this morning, and **wow**! It sweetened equal temperament enough to almost entirely banish that nagging out-of-tune feeling, but didn’t create an unbearable clash between lowest and highest octaves. It took me a long time to tune this way. I don’t think I’ll be able to pull it off for my performance on Sunday, but I expect to get faster as I become accustomed to it.
I have the feeling that the reason this is a revelation to me – and such a long time coming! – is simply that I don’t have a teacher or anyone to play with. When I’m playing my freshly tuned harp and grimacing, there’s nobody to say, “Oh, hey, if that’s bothering you, I can show you how to fix it.” So, how many of you harpers and harpists already know about this? Do you use it?