>But I think I'm correct,
>still, that the preference for the fifth was superseded by preference for
>the third in mainstream European music.
I just find it fascinating that our most fundamental interval is the least
well-tuned, something that struck me with some force when I bought my first
synthesizer and tried playing major chords with pure unvibratoed tones. In
a word, "yuck."
>May I quote you if the occasion calls for it?
Sure, although I wouldn't necessarily recommend taking my word for
anything! A good resource for intonation information is the Just Intonation
There's not that much info on the site itself, but there are a zillion
Tim Walters : The Doubtful Palace : http://www.doubtfulpalace.com