20 Fascinating Piano Facts From The Expert Piano Tuners In Surrey- Moonlight Pianos

1 ‘piano’ is a shortened form of pianoforte (PF) (the Italian word for the instrument).
2 Pianos can withstand around 20 tons of tension on an ongoing basis.
3 Britain's oldest handmade piano was built in 1772 by Americus Backers.
4 Pianos are affected by humidity, temperature, location changes and direct sunlight exposure.
5 The term ‘action’ describes the working section of the piano.
6 A modern piano has around 7500 parts.
7 In 1700 Italian, Bartolomeo Cristofori built the first piano capable of being played softly and loudly.
8 The total string tension in a concert grand is close to 32 tons!
9 The average medium sized piano has around 230 strings.
10 The piano is known as "The King of Instruments".
11 In 1777 the term ‘Grand’ was first used.
12 Americus Backers is often seen as the father of the English grand pianoforte style.
13 When you first press the key down, the part you don't see within the piano which pushes up is known as the sticker.
14 The part that facilitates the action between the key and the hammer that hits the strings is known as the whippen.
15 In 1997 Steinway Pianos  celebrated their 150th anniversary.
16 Abraham Lincoln used a Chickering Grand #5070 while at the White House.
17 Kate Middleton can play the piano and reached grade 3.
18 In 2012 Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls (who recently took up the piano) passed his grade 1 piano exam.
19 The piano covers the full spectrum of any orchestral instrument from the top note of the piccolo through to the lowest note of the double bassoon.
20  Many early Viennese pianos (like Mozart used) had black keys that were white and white keys that were black.
Dinh Ngo is a member of the Pianoforte Tuners' Association
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