Anyway, what I loved about it was this line:
There is no perfection, only varying tastes in corruption.That is true of a lot more than tuning. (It's not a problem, as I have said before, because purity is not a moral concept. It can look like one but it does no real work in morality. That's a subject for another day.)
Another bit stuck out for different reasons. Discussing the limitations of an earlier system called meantone tuning, author Jan Swafford writes:
In fact, those temperaments left only a few keys that were well-enough in tune to be usable: the keys between two flats and three sharps.That would be the keys of Bb, F, C, G, D and A. That covers about 99 percent of popular music and folk music. I wonder if anyone has tried using meantone tuning for that stuff and would it make much of a difference?