pts at piano building, the difficulties to be overcome may be enumerated as follows: The frames were not strong enough to resist the tension of the strings; they were made almost entirely of wood which yields to the pull of the strings and is subject to climatic changes; the scale was very imperfect, that is, the length, tension and weight of the strings were not properly proportioned, the result being a different quality of tone from different portions of the keyboard; the actions were either heavy and imperfect, or too light to produce sufficient vibration; the proper point upon the strings for the hammers to strike and for the dampers to bear had not yet been ascertained; the preparation and seasoning of the wood for the different parts of the instrument had not received sufficient attention.
One cannot conceive how difficult it is to produce something that has never existed, until he tries. The requirements necessary to such results as are obtainable from the modern piano are numerous and rigid and the
Strange isn't it..how we're all interconnected.
J. Cree Fischer who wrote this fine book on piano tuning was the wife of Francis Armbrooster Fischer, co-owner of 'Fischer and Fielding's Vaudeville Company'. One of the stars on the Fischer and Fielding circuit was 'Cowboy' Danny Protrero a singing cowboy. Cowboy Danny married Estelle Kiefvaver and had three children; one of them, Beatrice Protrero, married F.S. Homer (my grandfather!).
So in a way, I am connected to this wonderful book. Hope you enjoy it.