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Nähtischklavier (sewing table pianos) and Walking Stick Instruments

For the musical and living culture of the Biedermeier period, the piano and its varieties are representative instruments. Despite that fact, constricted domestic space demanded small-sized instruments as well. Therefore, the square piano was built in true miniature varieties, for example as a travel or sewing table piano. The latter sounded like a musical box and its range was restricted to not more than three octaves.

For outdoor musical activities, which were very popular in the Biedermeier period, walking stick instruments were built that served as walking sticks but at the same time as real musical instruments. At the Musikinstrumenten-Museum, flutes, clarinets and violins in the shape of walking sticks are on display. Some are very artfully made (for example, the clarinet).