By Johann Maelzel

By Johann Maelzel

The history surrounding this incident was rather more complicated than I'm portraying here: Maelzel and Beethoven originally planned to take the Panharmonicon on tour to London, but their legal fight sent Maelzel out on his own to keep ahead of Beethoven's lawyers, first to Munich, then Amsterdam. The legal fight was messy, and only Beethoven's side of the argument still exists. (Beethoven did repay the fifty ducats Maelzel loaned him, as soon as the fight began.)

It's worth noting that both the composer Moscheles and one of the Stein family (the owners of the piano factory) sided with Maelzel.