History of the American Pianoforte: Its Technical Development, and the Trade

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D. Spillane, 1890 - Piano - 369 pages
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Page 70 - This much esteemed instrument forms an agreeable accompaniment for the female voice, takes up but little room, may be moved with ease, and consequently kept in tune with little attention — so that it is on that account supperior to the harpsi-chord.
Page 83 - ... and which created quite a furor in that city at the time. Thomas Jefferson happened to see one of Hawkins's " portable grands" in 1800, while visiting Philadelphia, which he speaks of in the following letter to his daughter : " A very ingenious, modest, and poor young man, in Philadelphia, has invented one of the prettiest improvements in the piano-forte that I have ever seen, and it has tempted me to engage one for Monticello. His strings are perpendicular, and...
Page 71 - ... hammers and dampers is acknowledged to be a great improvement, as also the means they have taken to prepare their wood to stand the effect of our climate, which imported instruments never do, but are sure to suffer not only from the agitation of the vessel, but the saline quality of the seas.
Page 82 - ... The real inventor of the upright piano, in its modern and useful form, was that remarkable Englishman, John Isaac Hawkins, the inventor of ever-pointed pencils ; a civil engineer, poet, preacher, and phrenologist. While living at Philadelphia...
Page 164 - ... extent by the excellence of the quality of American iron, and the perfection which the art of casting had already attained at that period. The fact was indisputable that the pianos thus made stood better in tune than those previously constructed; but one great defect was their thin and disagreeably nasal character of tone. For these salient reasons the new invention soon had quite as many opponents as admirers, so that until the year 1855 a large majority of the American piano-forte manufacturers...

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