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   RE: When did pianos start losing dampers?
 From: Israel Stein
 Posted: 10-21-2015 05:03


Fortepiano copy builders preferred the Walter design to that of Stein, because Walter introduced the check-rail which held individual backchecks for all the hammers, while Stein expected the hammers to check on the edge of the wrestplank (pinblock to us) - a rather awkward and undependable mechanism. Kipnis had a check rail installed in his 1799 Graebner - you could tell it was a later addition, since it was made of aluminum... :-)

Whatever happened to Phillip Belt? He sort of disappeared from the scene just as the "original instrument" really heated up in the early 90's... 

Israel Stein RPT
P.O. Box 68141
Jerusalem, Israel 9168002
Original Message:
Sent: 10-20-2015 21:41
From: Richard West
Subject: When did pianos start losing dampers?

I am mistaken on the original builder that was the source for the UNL fortepiano. It's a Walter copy. UNL hired Philip Belt to build the reproduction back in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Belt was quite a colorful character and came to Lincoln when the fortepiano was first delivered.

Richard West

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