Hannsen Grand Piano

Description (Brief)
This grand piano was made by Carl Hannsen in Bamberg, Germany around 1805. This is the only known instrument by this maker, who advertised himself as “Instrument and Organ Maker in Bamberg.” This piano is serial number 37 and has a compass of FF-c4, Viennese action (dampers missing), leather hammers, brass and iron strings, double-strung, 3 knee levers: Janissary (?, stop missing), dampers, and buff or moderator, wood frame, straight-strung, and a veneered case.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Hannsen, Carl Justus
Physical Description
leather (hammers material)
brass and iron (strings material)
wood (frame material)
veneer (case material)
Place Made
Deutschland: Bayern, Bamberg
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
serial number
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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