The Planetary Tuning Forks
The original, from the developer of the Cosmic Octave:
Tones of Sun, Moon, Earth and Planets.
In 1978 Hans Cousto, a Swiss mathematician and musicologist discovered the natural law of the "Cosmic Octave"; this links a variety of natural phenomena which occur periodically, such as of the orbits and rotations of the planets, the weather, colours and musical rhythms and tones.
Using the octave formula f (frequency) x 2n (= doubled n times) he calculated the audio frequencies of the circulations and rotations of the earth, the moon and the planets.
Since 1978 Fritz Dobretzberger has cooperated with Hans Cousto, producing tuning forks which vibrate at the frequencies calculated, thereby making these audible. Eleven years later he founded PLANETWARE to provide information about the Cosmic Octave and to ensure that the relevant instruments are available for everyday use.
All Planetware tuning forks are produced using steel of the highest quality in order to create the most uniform vibration behaviour and purest pitch. The following description of our tuning forks allows a comparison to be made with other tuning forks available on the market.
This tuning forks are superb for precise attunement to the naturally ocurring frequencies of nature and life; they are used for tuning music instruments as well as in "sonopuncture", which brings our body and soul into tune with the universe.
The Planetware tuning forks are available in 4 different types
Tuning Fork "S" (small, standard)
For occasional usage at home
Manufactured using highest quality nickel-plated steel with a surface as smooth as glass. The prongs are 4 x 8 mm with smoothly rounded edges joined to a handle with a thicker base. They are heavier than other commercially available 440 Hz tuning forks and therefore resonate longer after being struck.
Handcrafted and electronically calibrated at 20°C, the note precision with a tolerance of +/- 0.25 Hz far exceeds the DIN standard requirements. The audio frequency has been stamped onto the base.
Tuning Fork "Splus" (standard plus ergonomic grasp)
For a relaxed, ergonomic usage
An improved “S” tuning fork with the same prongs (and same note precision) but a longer and ergonomically designed soft grip handle making it easier and more comfortable to use during sonopuncture.
The soft grip is made of cork with a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) coating.
On the side of one prong there is a high-contrast inscription denoting the fork model and pitch.
For a note about the new tunings forks S≈plus please click here.
Tuning Fork "L" (large)
For frequent and professional usage
Intricately cut from a single piece of stainless steel and nickel-plated (a smooth matt finish). Prongs with chamfered edges all round.
60% heavier than standard tuning forks, they resonate approximately twice as long and therefore do not have to be struck as often during prolonged professional use.
Extremely high pitch precision of +/- 0.3% (= 0.3 hundredths of a semitone).
High-contrast inscription denoting the frequency and planet.
Tuning Fork "Lplus"
For frequent and professional usage
Similar like the tuning forks "L" plus an ergonomic grasp.
The ergonomically designed soft grip handle makes it easier and more comfortable to use the tuning forks during sonopuncture. The soft grip is made of cork with a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) coating.
For Planetware offers of individual tuning forks and different sets please click here.
PROPORTIONS of tuning forks 136.10 Hz
The Usage of the Planetary Tuning Forks
In order to allow people to hear and experience the planetary frequencies, we commissioned tuning forks to be manufactured. Nowadays such tuning forks are used in sonopuncture (phonophoresis). With this application the handling of tuning forks has changed. Unlike when tuning musical instruments, the tuning forks used in sonopuncture are held much longer. Often they are placed on the body for minutes after being struck and when the vibration has stopped they are struck anew and again placed on the body. This process is repeated a number of times.
A WORLD FIRST "Splus" and "Lplus":
The ergonomically designed handle
After more than 30 years interest in the planetary tuning forks for use in sonopuncture has increased so dramatically that Planetware has been able to develop tuning forks with an ergonomic grasp. The handle now has an ergonomically designed soft grip made of cork coated with a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). The shape and material used allow the tuning fork to be held more easily and comfortably than ever before. The easy handling means that your fingers don’t tire or cramp as quickly. This innovative ergonomic soft grip is the result of years of research and testing with various materials and shapes. It has been tried and tested by the users themselves.
A Tuning Forks should be in tune
The prongs of the “Splus” tuning fork resemble those of the “S” model; the vibration behaviour is identical as is the note precision. So the accuracy of the frequencies of all types of tuning forks offered by Planetware -— of course types "L" and "Lplus"as well — is high as possible. Since the autumn of 1978 when Hans Cousto identified the frequencies of the Earth, moon, planets and sun we have placed great value on the highest quality.
A short anecdote from those days serves as proof: The first tuning forks delivered from the factory were only of DIN standard meaning some forks had a deviance of up to 1 Hz from the specified frequency. We returned these tuning forks assuring the manufacturers that a difference of 1 Hz in the octave of the Earth’s rotation would make the terrestrial day approx. 7 minutes shorter than it actually is (in fact, in the past 3000 years the length of the Earth day has increased by approx. 0.05 seconds).
In order to achieve this high quality and uniform vibration behaviour all PLANETWARE tuning forks are made from stainless steel of the highest quality. Furthermore, each fork is individually hand-filed as often as necessary (either at the ends of the prongs or the inside of the base and at a temperature of 20°C) to achieve the required precision.
The better the frequencies harmonize, the better the vibrations are transmitted. Nowadays there are a number of companies on the market offering tuning forks. If you are looking for high quality, check out the accuracy of the frequency.
High-grade Steel vs. Aluminium
Whether for tuning or sonopuncture, the highest possible resonance is of the utmost importance for frequency precision. Planetware's tuning forks, made of high-quality stainless steel, offer this high precision.
Compared with aluminium tuning forks, those made of stainless steel have a more stable frequency deviation arising from temperature differences, which is especially important in their use in sonopuncture. During this process tuning forks are held in the hand for longer periods leading to their heating up. The change in frequency in stainless steel tuning forks caused by this temperature difference is minimal compared to that produced in aluminium tuning forks that expand more when heated, thus changing the note.
Handling the tuning forks
When striking the tuning fork, the thumb, forefinger and middle finger must be held on the shaft and the end of one fork arm must be struck with a swing from the wrist on an object. Do not touch the curvature of the fork with the fingers you are holding on to so that the fork arms can swing freely.
The tuning fork should not be struck on hard objects, otherwise an undesirable high overtone - a whistle tone - will be produced. Even with special tuning fork stop blocks made of hard rubber, which are available on the market, we have found this whistling sound in tests.
If the tuning fork is only rarely used, it can be struck at the ball of the other hand, for example.
If it is used more often, it is better to hit it on an object that has the softness of the ball of your hand. A guest towel that is rolled up tightly and tied at both ends with two cords is very suitable. After striking the tuning fork, the fork arms vibrate back and forth at the appropriate frequency. The back and forth movement of the fork arms is transferred into an up and down movement of the tuning fork handle via the lower curvature. By placing the stem of the vibrating tuning fork on the body, the vibration is transmitted there at its frequency.