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History of the Piano Bench
By Matthew Caulfield

Kim Bunker didn't mention this in his interesting sketch of piano
benches, but some benches made for player pianos ("pumpers") had
a hinged slat on the back edge, so that the tilting seat -- many
benches had liftable seats, as a place to store sheet music -- could
be tilted forward by raising the slat.  This gave the seat a forward
slope and offered the person pushing the pumper pedals a bit of
resistance countering the tendency of his body to move back from the
piano as he pedaled.

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York

(Message sent Sun 22 Apr 2007, 15:05:09 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Bench, History, Piano

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