Meeting Topic:The Acoustical and Mechanical Technology of the Piano
Speaker Name:Steve Schell, piano technician; Bruce Stevens; pinao tech and rebuilder
Meeting Location:Sportsmen's Lodge, Studio City, CA
The April meeting featured Long Beach-based piano technician Steve Schell, assisted by piano technician and rebuilder Bruce Stevens, leading a presentation on the workings and historical development of the piano, explaining also how the instrument has been made to play louder to fill larger performance spaces. They covered in great detail Bartolomeo Cristofori's invention of the pianoforte, and the innovations it offered over the harpsichord. They also covered the later history and development of the piano.