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Originally Posted by newguy1 ➡️
The system where every scale is different was probably very cool. You'd have objectively more dissonant keys and objectively more harmonic keys to work with than today.

I get anyone can tune however. But the systems in play are such a huge determinant of outcomes, especially in considering how much familiarity plays into acceptance of art.
12-ET is like the McDonald's burger of tunings. It delivers. But there is a possibility we have become over-familiar with it.

In terms of the 'circle of fifths' mentioned above, 19 & 31 notes to the octave keep the modulation possibilities you get with conventional 12-ET., thanks to the magic of mathematics. I have read that 19 favours minor 3rds, 31 major ones. 19 maps easily to a conventional keyboard.