Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Erard, Sebastien (1752-1831), a great musical instrument maker, was born in Strasbourg. He went to Paris when eighteen years old, and joined with his brother to make pianofortes, which, by reason of their excellence and superiority to anything of the kind then known, brought the brothers much renown. The Revolution drove him from France, and he set up a factory in London. He invented the double movement for the harp and for the piano, and made other improvements in the former instrument.