This museum does not get a lot of press and so we expected it to be rather low key. We were delighted that we included it on our ticket as there were harpsichords carved with baroque extravagance, clavichords whose sounding boards extended three feet or more, a weird wind instrument shaped like a snake’s body with a snake’s fangs forming the mouthpiece, brass instruments that were twisted at such odd angles that the sound could easily get plugged up in a crevice, an oversized lyre with two sets of parallel strings, and a jew’s harp with a crudely drawn Star of David in the middle of it. There were incredibly well-preserved musical instruments, including pianos played by Mozart, Beethoven, Clara and Robert Schumann, and Franz Lizst. What a pleasure it was to see and imagine the marvelous sounds that each instrument must have made. What a treat this was.
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