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Érard, Pleyel, Gaveau Archive Collection

Common Abbreviations

Registers contain many abbreviations. This page lists the most common ones.

  • Months of the Year
  • 7bre : Septembre (sept-embre)
    September

  • 8bre : Octobre (octo [huit] bre)
    October

  • 9bre : Novembre (nov [neuf] bre)
    November

  • Xbre : Décembre(dec [dix] embre)
    December

  • Instrument Sizes
  • PP : Petit Patron
    Small template

  • GP : Grand Patron
    Large template

  • Dito
  • : Ditto
    Former past participle form of “to say” in Italian, signifying “as above”

  • Example of use:
    This means instrument with serial number 4072 is also by Érard.

  • Octaves
  • 8ves : Octaves

  • Example of use:
    This describes a piano with 6 octaves.