From what I've been able to gather the most popular/standard/traditional te'amim melodies were collected, blended, and then published by Abrahim Binder, a reform Jew. Source: http://www.milkenarchive.org/artists/view/abraham-binder/

It seems to me that the Orthodox movement makes many declarations about how the Reform movement has broken away or is destroying tradition. And so the idea that the te'amim system would be based on the works of the Reform movement would be really hypocritical. So why use the system?

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    I think the article you included speaks for itself- Binder essentially codified differing Ashkenazi tropes, creating a sort of "Standard Ashkenazi" trope that could be used by all. – Josh K May 3 '18 at 22:42
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    The claim that the trop used by Orthodox Jews changed to match something designed by a Reform Jew needs better substantiation in the question. – Double AA May 3 '18 at 22:57
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    The same standardization led to artscroll nusach ashkenaz instead of all the variants, @JoshK . It's a natural part of minhagim when communities move. Trutt is there still is some subtle variation out there among different baalei kriya – Double AA May 4 '18 at 2:07
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    Incorporating evidence that the tune used by Orthodox folks changed to Binder's would drastically imrove your post. Maybe they still use what they did before he came along? (Also, explaining better what's wrong with using the product of a Reform guy's labor would improve your post.) – msh210 May 4 '18 at 6:04
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    Wouldn't the same question be applicable to why Jews use Bomberg's layout? – rosends May 4 '18 at 10:20

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