Clavichord Case Study

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 The clavichord is one of the early stringed keyboard instruments which was popularly used during the late Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque as well as the Classical period.
 People mostly played the clavichord as a practice instrument because of the fact that its volume was too soft for large performances.
 At the end of each key lever, there is a brass blade called a tangent. When the key is depressed, it pushes up against pairs of strings. The player can make dynamic contrast and is also able to control and sustain the sound, because of the direct connection to the strings. The bridges transmit vibrations to the soundboard.
 It is an important solo stringed keyboard instrument, popularly used in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries (the Baroque period),
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The soundboard is connected to the strings by the bridges. When the strings vibrate, the vibrations are transferred to the soundboard which then amplifies the sound.
• Case
The case of an acoustic piano is made up of wood. It surrounds and protects the internal parts of the piano, such as the soundboard and the strings, from being damaged.
• Cast iron plate
The primary function of the cast iron plate is to supports a massive amount of tension created by the strings tightly held inside the piano. The amount the average upright piano has to bear is about 18 tons (16,300 kg).
• Strings
The piano has over 200 strings (steel wire) and the length of the strings varies according to their pitch. Each bass notes generally have only 1 strings, the middle notes 2, and the treble notes 3. The strings are strongly stretched over the cast-iron frame. When the strings are struck by the hammers, they vibrate and produce sound, tuned to specific note.
• Tuning pins
The tuning pins are made up of metal, to which the strings are connected (wrapped around). As its name indicates, the tuning pins are turned to tune the strings to a specific note.

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