Luigi Violi – Bologna XVIII sec.

In this small square piano, made between the 18th and the 19th century, the hammer is directly connected to the key from the side, as it was typical for Italian-made instruments—particularly those from Veneto.
As for the instrument’s action, it is a Prellmechanik without escapement, and its sound, delicate and cantante, is produced by thin hammers covered in leather. The volume is comparable—though slightly higher—to the one of a good clavichord, an instrument with which the square piano has many structural similarities.


LENGTH 113 cm * 48 cm

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