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The development of the piano from the harpsichord and clavichord over the l in Birmingham AL, and Steinway Hall in New York. The piano was invented by Christofori around 1700. There are only three of his "fortepiano" instruments differeast 500 years is fascinating. These are some photographs that I have taken of beautiful keyboard instruments (and actions) housed at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments in New Haven CT, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) in New York, the Piano still in existence. They are remarkably similar in construction to the harpsichord, and quite Technicians Guild (PTG) in Kansas City, the Period Piano Center (PPC) in Redlands CA, Ellis Pianosnt from the modern piano as exemplified by the Steinway D or the Bosendorfer Imperial Grand. Note the Bosendorfer Imperial grand range extends 8 full octaves from C0 to C8 with 97 keys, nine more in the bass (all black) compared to the typical 88 keys of a modern piano such as the Steinway D, the piano used on nearly every concert stage today. (Click on a photograph to enlarge, use the arrows on the enlargement to move through the series.)
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Steinway Hall New York

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Yale Collection

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Cristofori Fortepiano 1720 - MMA

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Cristofori Fortepiano 1720 - MMA

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Cristofori Fortepiano 1720 - MMA

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Cristofori Fortepiano 1720 - MMA

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Cristofori Fortepiano 1720 - MMA

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Cristofori Fortepiano action 1722 - PTG

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Broadwood piano action 1777 - PTG

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Stein piano action 1779 - PTG

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Schwander piano action - PTG

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Bosendorfer piano action - PTG

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German Clavichord 1784 - Yale

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German Clavichord 1784 - Yale

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Chickering Clavichord 1906 - Yale

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Chickering Clavichord 1906 - Yale

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Chickering Clavidhord 1906 - Yale

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Ruckers Harpsichord 1640 - Yale

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Ruckers Harpsichord 1640 - Yale

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Ruckers Harpsichord 1640 - Yale

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Ruckers Harpsichord 1640 - Yale

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Ruckers Harpsichord 1640 - Yale

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Taskin Harpsicord 1770 - Yale

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Haas Harpsichord 1760 - Yale

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Haas Harpsichord 1760 - Yale

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Haas Harpsichord 1760 - Yale

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Haas Harpsichord 1760 - Yale

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Broadwood Piano 1813 - PPC

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Broadwood Piano 1813 - PPC

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Broadwood Piano 1813 - PPC

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Broadwood Piano 1813 - PPC

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Bosendorfer 9'6" Imperial Grand - Ellis Piano

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Bosendorfer Imperial Grand - 8 octaves - Ellis Piano

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Bosendorfer Imperial Grand - Ellis Piano

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Steinway D - Ellis Piano

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Steinway D - Elllis Piano