square piano

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

square piano

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 31 Simple chordophones or zithers / 314 Board zithers / 314.1 True board zithers / 314.12 With resonator / 314.122 With resonator box (box zither) / 314.122-4-8 True board zithers with resonator box (box zither) sounded by hammers or beaters, with keyboard

Piano maker: Manhattan Pianoforte Manufacturing Company

Date: ca. 1860

Village / Town: New York

Country: USA

Inventory number: OPS-II-80/2

Description: black polished. Cross-, single-, double strung with back hitch pin block. Full casted frame with two cross bars. English single repetition action with lever dampers

Inscriptions: on the nameboard an engraved longitudinal metal tablet: MANHATTAN CO. / N.Y. ; on the hitch pin block pressed: 890 and casted on the frame: MANHATTAN / COMP / N.Y.

Measurements: height 365 (970), width 2040, depth 1030 mm

Materials: wood, metal, ivory

Keyboard compass, stops: A2-a4 – 7 octaves, two pedals – moderator and dampers

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: B. Vogel, Kolekcja zabytkowych fortepianów Filharmonii Pomorskiej, (Bydgoszcz, 11980, 21987), p. 88

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