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It has 16 members, aged between 16 and 70, who come from all over the Midlands and will take any fretted instrument, including electric ones.
In one example, Ulrich points out a hummel on which he discovered that the fret hoard must have been replaced because its tuning neither matched typical temperaments nor the fret spacing typical on a fretted instrument. In another instance, he provides a case in which the time-honored practice of using iconography to discern performance practices should not be trusted.
Many music theorists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Vincenzo Galilei and Giovanni Maria Artusi among them, described equal temperament as the sole tuning scheme appropriate for fretted instruments such as the lute and viol.