Hoffman Square Piano

Hoffman Square Piano

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Description (Brief)
This piano was made by Johann Friedrich Hoffman in Cleve, Germany in the 1790s. This very unusual predecessor to the fortepiano was called a “pantalon” because of its two sets of hammers. The bare hammers would have been used to play loud passages and the leather-covered hammers for soft passages. This piano has a compass of FF-g3, simple jack action without escapement, 2 sets of hammers, one leather-covered and the other bare wood, double-strings throughout with tuning pins on right, 1 hand stop: changes hammer set, 2 pedals: bass dampers and treble dampers, wood frame, and an oak case.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
piano
date made
1765-1775
maker
Hoffman, Johann Friedrich
Place Made
Germany: North Rhine-Westphalia, Cleve
ID Number
MI.299865
accession number
061285
catalog number
299865
Credit Line
Hugo Worch
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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