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What do a Piano’s Pedals Do?

One of the most common questions we get at Riverton Piano Company is “What do the three pedals do?”  Well, put simply, the function of the pedals is to alter the tone of the piano in some way. In fact, the first piano didn’t have pedals at all.  Part...

How Did the Piano Get Its Name?

Though the piano is one of the most popular instruments ever invented, few people actually know the name of the man who invented it. Everybody knows the name Henry Ford and even school kids know what Thomas Edison invented, but it’s puzzling why so few have ever heard...

Why Do Pianos Have 88 Keys?

One of the most common questions we get from our clients is how many keys a piano has.  …and, though most of today’s pianos have 88 keys (52 white keys and 36 black keys), it wasn’t always this way.  The first pianos had 49 keys or 4...