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Virgil Practice Clavier

Virgil Practice Clavier

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Description (Brief)
This practice clavier was made by Almon Kincaid Virgil in New York around 1896. Practice pianos such as this were popular for their ability to weight the keys, forcing the pianist to press them harder and in doing so building up finger strength and enforcing muscle memory. The inscription reads Virgil/ Perfected/ Practice Clavier/ New York, and has patent dates of June 29, 1888, Oct. 23, 188, July 19, 1892 on it. The piano is serial number 3614 and has a compass of AA-c4.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
piano
date made
1896
maker
Virgil, Almon K.
Place Made
United States: New York, New York City
Measurements
overall: in box: 13 in x 42 in x 18 1/2 in; 33.02 cm x 106.68 cm x 46.99 cm
ID Number
1983.0485.01
accession number
1983.0485
catalog number
1983.0485.01
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Pianos
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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