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Featured Instrument March 2020: Left-Handed 5-String Banjo Gilbert Kibbe Hartford, Ct, 1885

This small left-handed banjo was made by Gilbert O. Kibbe in Hartford, Connecticut, around 1885. Kibbe was active between 1883 and 1891, and was actually one of two banjo makers working in [...]

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Featured Instrument February 2020: Grand Piano, Johann Andreas Stein, Augsburg, Germany 1784

By Ann Hicks In their lifetime, the Classical Era’s towering musicians: Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven played and owned a number of different keyboard [...]

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Featured Instrument January 2020: Portable Square Piano, Louis Verel, London, 1783

The Louis Verel portable square piano is one of a kind and represents a particularly innovative faction of musical instrument makers in late eighteenth century London. Bearing a reduced compass [...]

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Featured Instrument December 2019: Natural Trumpet in E-Flat

Natural Trumpet in E-flat John Nichols London, 1846 Sterling silver National Music Museum No. 7162 Widely used throughout Europe between the 16th and 18th centuries, the natural trumpet played [...]

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Featured Instrument October 2019: Rkang-Gling, China, Late 19th or Early 20th Century

National Music Museum No. 7323 Native to Tibet, China, and Mongolia, the Rkang-Gling is a type of trumpet traditionally made from a human thighbone, or femur. While many rkang-glings deviate from [...]

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Featured Instrument September 2019: Serpent in C., by William Lander, England, 1820-25

While the exact origins of the serpent are somewhat ambiguous, the instrument was created in sixteenth or seventeenth century France to bolster the sound of Cathedral choirs and complement the [...]

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Featured Instrument August 2019: 1810 John Geib & Son Square Piano, New York

The CMM’s fine 1810 John Geib & Son Square Piano represents the Empire style designs quickly becoming fashionable in cosmopolitan Northern cities by the first decade of the nineteenth [...]

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Featured Instrument July 2019: John Broadwood Grand Fortepiano, c. 1792, London

Built in 1792, the CMM’s Broadwood grand piano represents a critical instance of keyboard instrument production and firm personnel in the trajectory of the Broadwood company, before significant [...]

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Featured Instrument June 2019: Andrew Reuss Square Piano, c. 1835, Cincinnati

The Andrew Reuss square piano, crafted around 1835 in Cincinnati, Ohio, tells a fascinating story of individualized craftsmanship and American Westward expansion. Originally from the Bavarian spa [...]

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Featured Instrument May 2019: Keene & Brackley Spinet Harpsichord, C. 1712

In late April, the 1712 spinet harpsichord by Stephen Keene and Charles Brackley arrived at the museum. This fine English spinet was bought from a Scottish Lord by John Barnes in the early 1980s [...]

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