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History of Vertical Pianos
The very first efforts to develop a vertical piano were in between 1735 and 1745. Italian Domenico Del Mela created a vertical piano in 1739 utilizing an easy action style. German Christian Ernst Friederici developed exactly what were referred to as 'pyramid' pianos, so called since of their unique shape, in 1745. Friederici took the existing grand piano and copied its style in a vertical type, taking the strings and soundboard and installing them perpendicular to the secrets, so that they increased directly. The tuning pins were at the bottom of the strings, simply above the secrets.
The piano action Frederici utilized was a streamlined variation of the one developed by Bartolomeo Christofori in 1720, nevertheless Frederici's action did not have the repeating includes developed into Christofori's style. The whole instrument rested on a stand or table, and the front had doors that might swing open, exposing the strings and soundboard. These designs were the only real combining of grand and upright piano designs, utilizing the upright string and soundboard with the grand action. These designs continued into the 1800's, however were weak and inferior to later on designs, and by 1840, pyramid pianos and upright grands had actually stopped being produced completely.
Vertical pianos developed in the late 1780's with the advancement of an action created vertically, following the positioning of the strings and soundboard. The early action was called a 'sticker label' action, due to the fact that of the long wood sticker labels that linked the back of the secret to the hammer system. The hammer head was installed perpendicular to the strings, and set off so the hammer head struck back to the strings and returned forward. It was developed in 1787 by John Landreth, and developed and carried out by Englishman William Southwell in 1798. Another significant advancement was diagonal stringing, allowing longer strings in the upright case, and enhancing tone.
In 1831 Hermann Lichtenthal developed a system where the piano hammer was 'examined' by a length of tape, so that it would not recuperate to the strings on a single blow. Englishman Robert Wornum fine-tuned the tape-check action, the basis for today's vertical piano actions. 2 various techniques of damping the strings were established. One was the overdamper system, where a long wire was connected to the front of each intermediate lever that increased and over the tops of the hammers. When the secret was pushed, the wire moved a linkage that raised a square of felt off the string prior to the hammer struck, and returned the felt when the secret was launched.
This system continued till the late 1800's and was popular in England and Germany. The 2nd system was a hinged lever that was connected to the back of each hammer system, near to the strings, that rotated the square of felt off the strings by a direct connect to the intermediate lever. This style is more effective in damping the string and is exactly what is utilized in today's vertical pianos. This finished the style of the vertical action, and today's actions have actually not significantly altered from those of the early 1800's.
By 1840, vertical pianos looked like those that we have today, albeit smaller sized and with more fragile building. The strings were now running totally to the bottom of the case, which rested on the ground, not on a table like the pyramid pianos. The tuning pins now were placed at the top of the case, with the strings running diagonally down the case and attached at the bottom. The action and secrets were placed in the center of the strings, with the crucial pressing the sticker label up and tripping the hammer back to the strings.