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This George Rogers grand piano was built in London, England in 1919. It is a rare example, although not a typical one, of a down-striking action. It has many unusual features, perhaps the most perplexing to the piano tuner is that the tuning pins are hidden under the keys. To tune it, the action is pivoted up, keyboard is removed, and the action is put back. Then the piano is tuned using small levers to play the notes. The action itself is a highly modified vertical piano action. It also has two soundboards, with the bass bridge and treble bridges on their own soundboards. Written inside on one of the keys is “This piano caused the great war.” There was a piano trade war between England and Germany at the time it was built.
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