Loud Complaint: Babcock’s Cast-Iron Piano Frames [research study]

Alpheus Babcock’s Cast-Iron Piano Frames,” Keith G. Grafing, The Galpin Society Journal, vol. 27, May 1974, pp. 118-124. The author reports:

“Babcock’s claim was not undisputed however, since there had been experiment with the iron frame prior to the 1825 date of his patent. A lively dialogue between Babcock and another piano maker, Thomas Loud, dramatized the conflicting views over the use of the iron frame.”

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