Patents by Inventor Erik I. Petersen

Erik I. Petersen has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5272950
    Abstract: In a striking mechanism (1) for a piano, grand piano, or similar string instrument the power for the key (8a) is transferred to the hammer (3) via a rod system (10, 11, and 12) so adapted that the connection of the key (8a) and the hammer (3) is never interrupted. The rod system (10, 11, and 12) is supported during the striking movement against deflection by a first guide boss or roller (18) supported by a first curve guide (19), and during the return movement by a second guide boss or roller (20) supported by a second curve guide (21). The first curve guide (19) can swing between a first, advanced position in which it is releasably locked by a locking pawl (28) and the rod system is capable of causing the hammer (3) to touch the string when the key (8a) is pressed down, and a released second retracted position in which this is no longer possible. This ensures that the hammer (3) is withdrawn so rapidly after having struck the string (2) that the string can vibrate freely and deliver its note.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Inventor: Erik I. Petersen