Patent Model - Pianoforte-Action

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George Howe, Patentee
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Sep 28 1852
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Wood, steel, brass, ivory, felt, leather
18 3/4 x 5 1/4 x 2 3/4" (47.6 x 13.3 x 7cm)
Howe notes that "a serious objection has hitherto been experienced in pianoforte actions arising from the noise or 'slapping' of the fly of the jack, when it rebounded against its stem after having lifted the hammer. This effect was partly produced by the cloth or packing against which the fly of the jack struck, becoming hardened, as the long distance which the fly had to travel caused it to rebound with great force against the cloth. By my improvements this objection is obviated, the fly being so jointed as to rebound but a very little distance and consequently with very little noise." (Patent Number 9,282)
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