Organology is the study
of musical instruments.
The acoustic and mechanical properties of historical stringed keyboard
instruments - harpsichords, virginals, clavichords, and pianos - are being
investigated in relation to the technological design principles and fabrication
techniques used by historical instrument builders, as well as the materials
available to them. The scope includes all stringed keyboard instruments
from the earliest 16th century harpsichords to late 19th century pianos.
The focus of current research involves two main areas: (1) pre-industrial
geometric design techniques; and (2) the physical properties of historical
materials and reproduction of physically accurate modern replacements
for those no longer available. Initial work on materials emphasizes iron
and steel music wires, and historical leathers.
Historical source material on trades and crafts:
AJ Roubo, L'Art du menuisier. Table des chapitres et titres. Paris, 1769-1774.