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Old 01-31-2013, 07:26 AM   #21
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This thread seems to explain it in a way I don't understand, maybe you will.

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Old 01-31-2013, 08:12 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by RickyThomson
So would i be right to assume the bands simply tuned to each other when they recorded the song, or rather a side-effect of analog recording (tape stretching etc)?

Depends who you're talking about and when; I've heard a bunch of different things regarding who did what and why:

Metallica, For Whom The Bell Tolls was apparently either slightly sped up after they recorded it or they tuned up so they were in tune with the bell sample at the start of the song.

Pantera... because Dime wanted to, I think he said it was a string feel thing.

Van Halen, apparently have some songs that are slightly out because they (or just EVH) tuned to an old piano that was sitting around in the studio and they all tuned to each other or something like that.

Machine Head either because Pantera did it, tuning to Robb Flynn's vocal range at the time or for the feel of it while playing.

None of these have been properly confirmed as far as I know and for the most part it doesn't really matter.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:37 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by cdgraves
435 was an orchestra tuning standard a long time ago.

Maybe that explains it! Still seems odd that bands from the 70s would tune to an old orchestral standard, though. Who knows...
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