The Una Corda Pedal, Silbermann Damper Pedal, and Broadwood Early Pianos


The una corda pedal, the Silbermann damper pedal, and Broadwood’s early pianos are just some of the topics covered in this article. In future articles, I hope to cover more topics such as Cristofori’s piano action, the Una corda pedal, and Broadwood’s early pianos. If you have any questions or comments, please post a comment below. It is always interesting to read what others have to say about a particular subject!

Una corda pedal

The una corda pedal on a piano shifts the action of the hammers to only hit one string instead of all three. Because hammers normally strike all three strings per note, the una corda pedal creates a softer, mellower sound. This pedal also allows pianists to adjust the action of their piano to achieve the desired sound. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the pedal.
Cristofori’s piano action

The piano action is one of the most complicated mechanical devices in the world, and the Cristofori design met all the requirements of its day. This design featured an intermediate lever that translated the key motion into a hammer action. The hammer was not raised until the key was released, which prevented unwanted second blows. Today, many piano builders make replicas of Cristofori pianos. And with recordings of Cristofori pianos, a new view of how these instruments sound has emerged. In many ways, Cristofori pianos sound as close to a harpsichord as any modern instrument.
Silbermann’s damper pedal

Gottfried Silbermann invented the piano’s damper pedal in 1730, as an improvement to his earlier fortepiano. He took a cue from Bach’s critique of early pianos and devised a device to lift the dampers from the strings. This device allowed the strings to vibrate freely when played or struck, and could be fitted to any style of piano. He even gave his pianos the royal seal of approval from Frederick the Great!

Broadwood’s early pianos

John Broadwood & Sons was one of the largest manufacturers of pianos during the nineteenth century. The company was one of the top ten manufacturing companies in London at the time. Their early pianos were among the world’s most expensive and sought-after pieces. They were also among the most popular, with many people claiming to have owned one or more of their instruments. This article will give you an insight into some of Broadwood’s early models.

Cristofori’s duplex scaling

A piano with duplex scaling is one that features identical pitch on each of its three strings. This feature creates a richer, more consistent tone from each note. While most pianos use duplexing only in the rear part of the piano’s strings, some have two sets in the front section. This method enhances the piano’s overall tone by increasing its range and ensuring that each note is as close to the original pitch as possible.
Cristofori’s agraffes

Bartolomeo Cristofori is credited with creating the first piano. His instrument was very cheap and was adopted by Italian royalty. Later on, Johann Zumpe and John Broadwood developed large-scale piano manufacturing. The Cristofori pianos incorporate upgrade features not found in similar-priced models. These pianos also come with a 12-year parts warranty. To learn more about Cristofori pianos, read the following:
Cristofori’s triple strings

The 1720 Cristofori piano’s action is one of the oldest examples of Stossmechanik, an early design of the hammers and levers used in the manufacture of early pianos. Cristofori’s pianos featured hammer heads facing away from the keyboard and a pivoted jack escapement. This action sped up the action while minimizing friction between the hammer head and the keyboard. The hammer head was also positioned further away from the keyboard, giving the instrument a character closer to that of the harpsichord. The earliest Cristofori pianos were meant to be solo instruments, and the modern harpsichord lacks this dynamic expressiveness.