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Ole Bull's grand piano

Artist: Edouars


Date/place: 1870[?], San Francisco/US


Subject: Ole Bull's grand piano


Medium: unknown


Notes: Together with the inventor of the propeller, John Ericsson, Ole Bull tries his hand at the construction of a grand piano. The goal is a piano with the tonality of a violin, and which would need tuning only once. They developed a light iron frame, the strings were cast, the patent delivered – yet both prototypes were failures. Only one survived, now serving as a writing desk at Lysøen.


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Original belongs to Knut Hendriksen's private collection at Valestrand - scan by Statsarkivet in Bergen

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Taken on May 31, 2010