I know two steps down is C tuning, but what does the "b flat down" mean?

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    Give us an example of where you've seen this.
    – Tim
    Jan 3, 2019 at 9:42
  • Is this about B flat tuning?
    – Arsak
    Jan 3, 2019 at 17:25
  • To me, that sounds like "C Standard Drop Bb" or just "Drop Bb", but I've never seen or heard it expressed that way Sep 15, 2020 at 15:33
  • I'd be interested what songs play with this tuning Feb 7, 2022 at 17:54

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I'm not sure where you found this, but it sounds like a very roundabout way of describing drop Bb tuning. C Standard is CFBbEbGc, whereas Drop Bb lowers the bottom C a whole step to yield BbFBbEbGc. That's the only real sensible way I could think to interpret "b flat down".

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