Definition and background:
That part of the action of a piano that strikes the strings, thus producing a tone.A device used to strike a percussion instrument such as a bell or chimes ( tubular bell).
Of a piano, that part of the mechanism that strikes the strings to produce the tone; a wooden shaft with a compressed-felt tip.
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