so, OP - do you regret starting this thread now? let this be a lesson for the future.Kind of a surprise, nobody mentioned playing in A:432, there's a whole thing about that. Tuned Eb (down 1/2 step) is effectively A:415.3, sometimes called Baroque tuning.
A440 has been more or less universally accepted since 1975. We regularly listen to music that predates the standard.
The following is an incomplete list of pitch standards from various sources.
1640 Vienna Franciscan Organ A457.6 1663 Bernards Schmidt's Orgain in Duham, England A474 1699 Paris Opera A404 1711 John Shore's tuning fork, a pitch of A423.5 He invented the tuning fork, one of which still exists today. 1780 Stines, for Mozart, A421 1780 Organ builder Schulz A421.3 1714 Strasbourg Cathedral organ A391 1722 Dresden's chief Roman Catholic church organ A415 1759 Trinity College Cambridge organ A309 1762 Stringed instruments at Hamburg A405 1772 Gottfried Silbermann built the organ in the main Roman Catholic church in Dresden, and it had a pitch of A 415 at the time. 1780 Organ builder Schulz A421.3 1780 Stein's tuning fork A422.6 1751 Handel's own fork A422.5 1800 Broadwood's C fork, 505.7, which is about half a semitone lower than that of today 1811 Paris Grand Opera A 427 1812 Paris Conservatoire A440, as modern pitch 1813 George Smart adopted for the Philharmonic Society the pitch of A423.3. 1820 Westminster Abbey organ and possibly Paris Comic Opera used a pitch of A422.5. 1823 In Veienna pitch was A437 and it 1834 A 440 1828 Philharmonic Society A 440 1834 Vienna Opera A 436.5 1835 Wolfels piano maker A443 1836 Pleyel's Pianos A446 1846 Philharmonic pitch was A452.5 (very high) which lasted till 1854 1846 Mr Hipkins piano tuner (Meantone) A433.5 (Equal) A436.0 1849 Broadwood's medium pitch was A445.9 which lasted till 1854 1858 New Philharmonic pitch C522 1859 The French government set up a commission for a standard pitch. which was A435 the fork temperature was15 degrees centigrade. 1860 Cramer's piano makers of London A448.4 1862 Dresden Opera A 440 1871 Covent Garden Opera House A 440 1877 Collard's piano maker standard pitch was A 449.9 1877 St. Paul Cathedral organ A446.6 1877 Chappell Pianos A455.9 1877 Mr Hipkins piano tuner A448.8 1878 Her Majesty's Organ A436.1 1878 Vienna Opera A447 1879 Covent Garden Opera A450 1879 Erard's factory fork 455.3 1879 Steinway of England A 454. 1879 British Army regulation pitch for woodwinds A451.9 1880 Brinsmead, Broadwood, and Erard apparently used a pitch of A455.3 1880 Steinway may have been using a pitch of A436. According to Steinway of New York, 1880 is right around the time they switched from three piece rims to the continuous rim that is used today. So it is unlikely the pitch was any higher before 1880, yet Steinway of London had a fork A454.7. 1885 In Vienna a pitch of A435.4 was adopted at a temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit for A. 1885 At an international exhibition of inventions and music in London a pitch of A452 was adopted. 1896 Philharmonic pitch A439, giving C522 1925 On the 11th of June the American music industry adopted A440. 1936 American Standards Association adopted A440. yet; New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, use 442 Hz 1939 At an international conference A440 was adopted.
Dozen or so guitars, all tuned down 1/2 step including the acoustics. One tele tuned to G (ala Keef) that I use a drop pedal bringing it down to F tuning just to play "When The Levee Breaks".Sitting here playing endlessly on my new Strat and realized that not only do I prefer Strats in Eb tuning.... I think I prefer everything tuned down 1/2 step.
I almost can't stand to play a Strat in standard tuning anymore, and my Ibanez Genesis stays in Eb for almost everything as well! Even having multiple guitars, I always think that I'll use different ones for different tunings...but nope!
So, what tuning do you guys find yourself playing in the majority of the time?