Many changes have been made to the piano since is was first conceptualised around the year 1700, by the Italian inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori. The original pianoforte is a far-cry from the modern examples that we see today, which is the result of continuous improvements with influences from various leading manufacturers across the globe. The changes which have been made over the years include the introduction of a cast iron frame to support the tensile stress of stronger str
There are two main types of damper arrangements for upright pianos. Here we will explore the differences between the two, including the reasons why one is preferred over the other. Over-Damped The first variety we will look at is the "over-damped" arrangement.
The most obvious characteristic of an over-damped piano action (sometimes referred to as a "bird cage action") is that the dampers sit above the hammers. Under-Damped The second variety is the "under-damped" arrangement