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Theory And Practice Of Pianoforte Building

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This book is not in the remotest sense a history of piano building or development, and it should not be so considered; in fact it has been deemed wise to dip into historical matters only to the extent of showing the application of an enduring principle rather than to give credit to a number of deserving inventors who have worked along special lines. A treatment of worthy inventions would require a much large volume than this; and while there are many inventors who have given to the world special devices of value,...
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Overview

This book is not in the remotest sense a history of piano building or development, and it should not be so considered; in fact it has been deemed wise to dip into historical matters only to the extent of showing the application of an enduring principle rather than to give credit to a number of deserving inventors who have worked along special lines. A treatment of worthy inventions would require a much large volume than this; and while there are many inventors who have given to the world special devices of value, it has not been considered timely to describe them in this volume or to enter into an expose of their merits of demerits. We may say that this is not a critical work but rather one which we trust may be eminently practical in its mission as an instructive and an educational force.

We may add that the "Theory and Practice of Pianoforte Building" is the only work of its kind ever put forth in the English language, and we have every confidence that it will find a growing demand among music trade people everywhere.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898752168
  • Publisher: University Press of the Pacific
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 0.39 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Some Remarks by the Publisher 5
Introductory Remarks 9
The Evolution of the Modern Pianoforte 13
Description of the Modern Pianoforte 23
Acoustical Laws of Sounding Strings 28
The Musical Scale and Musical Intonation 36
The Equal Temperament 44
Pianoforte Strings and Their Proper Dimensions 48
Resonance and the Resonance-Apparatus of the Pianoforte 58
The Casing and Framing of the Pianoforte 67
The Iron Frame of the Pianoforte 79
The Mechanism of Percussion 92
The Touch Mechanism 96
The Regulation of Pianoforte Touch-Mechanism 113
Tuning and Tone Regulation of the Pianoforte 122
The Draughting of the Pianoforte Scale 135
Conclusion 139
Appendix A Development of Player Piano 144
Appendix B The Small Grand 153
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