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Originally Posted by newguy1 View Post
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.