Young’s alternative is based on divisions of the Pythagorean comma rather than the Syntonic. He claimed this second temperament would serve “almost as well” in practice as his real temperament, though this greatly simplified system is not only lacking in subtle variation among the keys, but it also shifts the center of the “bad” keys from F# to C#. Much like Vallotti, which shares the same structure transposed by a fifth, the main problem with this temperament is the long uninterrupted chain of pure fifths, which results in three Pythagorean ditones. For anyone wishing to try Young’s temperament I recommend the Real Thing, and not this poor second cousin!

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