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11 Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Pianos

The “King of Instruments,” although versatile and approachable, contains an extensive number of moving parts. Check out these 11 facts you probably didn’t know about pianos.

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1. It’s Actually a Percussion Instrument

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The piano is oftentimes wrongly lumped in with string instruments like the violin. However, it’s actually a member of the percussion group because the piano sound only occurs when a hammer hits a string.

9. Marie Antoinette Had a Piano Playing Android / Via

Built by two German clockmakers, a female piano-playing automation entertained Marie Antoinette’s court. It had 48 strings and two hammers, and it could play eight songs. It was recently on display at the Palace of Versailles.

11. It Can Have Enormous Value

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Christie’s recently sold a Victorian Steinway grand for over a million dollars. The piano was bought by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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