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How pianos became what they are today

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A piano is an incredible invention! Its design has been perfected over hundreds of years and continues to be improved upon even now.

 

Before humans had anything recognisable as a piano, we had the harpsichord and hammered dulcimer.

 

The harpsichord is like a piano in that it has a keyboard and strings, but the strings are plucked instead of hammered so it produces a very different sound.

The hammered dulcimer is like a piano because, as the name suggests, the strings...

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