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The Piano Mechanism

Above is a diagram of the moving parts in the modern grand piano. For details on the parts and how they function see our Geek's Corner page. While your there, check out the video of a grand piano action "in" action.

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Where The Piano Came From


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Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco

The invention of the piano is credited to Bartolomeo Cristofori possibly as early as 1698. Cristofori's piano was more simple in design than the modern piano and had quite different in sound and feel at play. Cristofori named his invention Piano Forte or "soft and loud" a quality the harpsichord did not have. Piano Forte's are still around today. Below is a photo of one.


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Piano Forte

This piano forte has reversed key color. This feature was not consistent. The control of dynamics was much better with the piano forte. You could say it was a magnificent dulcimer.

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