Federsaitenpianoforte (Ger.: ‘spring-string-pianoforte’)
- Laurence Libin
Piano invented by Wilhelm (Vilmos) Schwab of Pest about 1840. It had steel ‘strings’ bent into serpentine form, and thus shorter scaling; its other special advantage was that it remained in tune for a long time. Schwab (c1785–1856) obtained his master’s license in 1814 and employed other piano makers including Johann Lehner, Johann Stock and Franz Zobel to produce up to 35 instruments annually. Conventional pianos of Schwab’s are preserved in Hungarian National Museum, Collection of Musical Instruments....