upright piano

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

upright piano

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 31 Simple chordophones or zithers / 314 Board zithers / 314.1 True board zithers / 314.1-4-8 True board zithers sounded by hammers or beaters, with keyboard

Piano maker: Legnica

Date: ca. 1957

Village / Town: Legnica

Country: Polska

Owner: Museum of Industrial History, Opatówek, ul. Kościelna 1. Gifted in 1996 by the Warsaw Ballet School

Inventory number: MHP 50/I

Description: black lacquered. Cross-, single-, double-, triple-strung. Full metal frame with hitch pin block’s armour and a capotasto bar for two-thirds of the strings. English repetition action with underdampers

Inscriptions: LEGNICA inlaid in brass on the keyboard cover; LEGNICA cast on the hitch pin block’s armour, to the right; SB-37-IX-19 [Ballet School's inventory no.] painted in green; KT/11 stamped and 8130 pressed on the action frame’s back; 6608 pressed on the A2 and B2 key levers; on the casing’s back, a red stamp in a frame states E and a damaged paper sticker reads 06513

Measurements: height 1195, width 1460, depth 360 (650) mm

Materials: wood, metal, celluloid

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

Catalog card by: Benjamin Vogel

Bibliography: Information from Janusz Starzyk

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