Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano has an unknown maker, but was made in Germany around 1770. It has a very unusual instrument with a unique hammer design and iron rods as jacks and hammer shanks. The absence of dampers (there is no indication there ever were any) suggests that the piano should be identified as a “pantalon.” This piano has a compass of C-f3, simple jack action, no dampers, leather balls on iron hooks at the end of hammer shanks, double-strings, with tuning pins on right, 1 hand stop: lute stop that is brought down to strings, wood frame, and a brown painted conifer case.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
piano
place made
Germany
ID Number
MI*303538
accession number
62559
catalog number
303538
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Pianos
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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