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John and Sue Reading (piano, fiddle) and Tina Gugeler (hammered dulcimer) have been playing together as Balance and Swing since 1993.

We've done hundreds of gigs including contra dances, waltz nights, weddings, concerts, festivals and more.

Please look around our web site and take a listen or contact us.  Our calendar will be updated regularly so check back any time.

Cristofori Piano - Metropolitan Museum, NYC

The First piano - Metropolitan Museum, NYC  (notation from the Met website)

Cristofori and the First Pianofortes
The first true piano was invented almost entirely by one man—Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731) of Padua, who had been appointed in 1688 to the Florentine court of Grand Prince Ferdinando de' Medici to care for its harpsichords and eventually for its entire collection of musical instruments. A 1700 inventory of Medici instruments mentions an "arpicimbalo," i.e., an instrument resembling a harpsichord, "newly invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori" with

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