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What’s that U shaped metal thing needed for tuning called?

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There is this metal thing shaped as a 'U'; you hit it against something and put it against your ear to hear this sound. I'm not sure what it's called but I need it to tune the A string on my violin.

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If it's U shaped it won't work. It needs to be Y shaped, so the handle can be held without damping the tines. Hold the handle onto something like the violin body, and the sound will be amplified. It's usually called a tuning fork, although a couple of my students call it a pitchfork, which, actually, it could be...

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I guess it is also called a diapason.


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What’s that U shaped metal thing needed for tuning called?

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There is this metal thing shaped as a 'U'; you hit it against something and put it against your ear to hear this sound. I'm not sure what it's called but I need it to tune the A string on my violin.


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up vote 9 down vote

If it's U shaped it won't work. It needs to be Y shaped, so the handle can be held without damping the tines. Hold the handle onto something like the violin body, and the sound will be amplified. It's usually called a tuning fork, although a couple of my students call it a pitchfork, which, actually, it could be...

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+5 for pitchfork! - RedSonja Jul 23 at 10:29

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