Sydney Conservatorium Tuning Style.This fast accurate aural tuning discipline was introduced by Dr. Yoji Suzuki at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the 70s. It combines the best of German and American tuning styles with the results of Japanese engineering research and time-and-motion studies. Dr. Suzuki selected 3 talented graduates of the Tuning School to take the Tuning Teacher Training course at the Yamaha Academy:
The existing piano servicing had the upright piano as its focus, grand pianos having been rarer till recently. The local tuning style was much simpler, involving less "checks". It would be safe to say that Yamaha imported their own more accurate tuning discipline in order to help promote their pianos. Grand regulation procedure was virtually unkown till then, so the Yamaha course ensured that its graduates would be able to maintain the new wave of Japanese grands in good playing condition.
It was appropriate that the Tuning School was part of the Conservatorium, as the feedback from performers and teachers encouraged the acceptance of the "Triple Octave Tuning" here, while Japanese audiences favoured a safer "Double Octave Tuning".
Since the early eighties, with increased communications and interaction, tuning schools are becoming closer. There are still major differences though. The simpler style involving a rough temperament and octave tuning has been replaced by more sophisticated techniques, and the development of computerised scopes has given rise to another major dichotomy among tuners.
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