A violin, by nature, loses its pitch pretty fast, due to changing variables such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, etc. That means we are constantly tuning our instruments.
Unless you are tuning in orchestra or have perfect pitch, you'll need to compare your pitch with a reliable outside source, such as a chromatic tuner, keyboard or tuning fork, in order to keep your violin or other stringed instrument in the proper pitch realm.
When you aren't in orchestra, tuning to the oboe's A, how do you find your pitch for tuning? What is your go-to source for comparision? Also, have you changed what you use, over the course of time?
In this vote, I confess that I'm not even including the item I started out using in my early days - a pitch pipe! (Does anyone still use those?) These days I use the chromatic tuner so that I can choose whether to be at 440, 441 or 442. How about you?
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