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Featured Instrument May 2020: Tenor Triple Flageolet, Henry Hastrick, London, England 1840

The triple flageolet is an extraordinarily rare and unusual wind instrument. Invented by William Bainbridge in early 19th century London, this particular flageolet was crafted around 1840 by [...]

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Featured Instrument April 2020: Jacob Kirkman Double Manual Harpsichord, London, 1861

Restoring The 1761 Kirkman Double Manual Harpsichord By Tom Strange.           The nameboard of the 1761 “Queen Anne” Jacob Kirkman harpsichord.   When [...]

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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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