Welcome to Friends of Square Pianos!

Update October 10th

 

Spinet For Sale

Clementi For Sale

 

Welcome to Friends of Square Pianos! This is a sort of on-line club for anyone who owns, or would like to own,  a square piano. Or anyone who is just interested, possibly to learn a little more.

 

Please get in touch with me, David, on friends.sp@btinternet.com with questions, comments, or just to say 'Hello'.  This is a site for everyone, especially those new to the world of Square Pianos.  And of course, we very much appreciate the support of those with more experience.

 

Sweet Solace of Labours

 

We hope to be able to feature Spinets for Sale from time to time.  Please see the Spinet Page for details of this fine instrument by Robert Goble from the early days of the 'Harpsichord Revival'

Clementi For Sale

 

Clementi Pianos are always popular, and here's an example from 1808 (number 6320).

Every one of those beautiful flower paintings was done by hand - this is an example of the 'Morning Glory' design.

 

Please see the Sale Page for more details.

A Puzzle... 

  A Friend has recently acquired this handsome piano, which is quite complete, apart from the lack of a nameplate.  It is strung in the manner of a spinet, with the wrestpins above the keyboard, and the longest string running obliquely to the back right corner.  The lyre is not crooked - just temporarily detached.  

 

  May we have suggestions for who made it, please?  Email David at 

friends.sp@btinternet.com

Piano Auctions Results

 

The beautiful 1787 Broadwood Grand exceeded our expectations - it was a beautiful piano in exceptionally original condition.  Against an estimate of £10,000 - £15,000, it sold for a hammer-price of £20,500.

 

Please see the Auction Page for more details of this, and the other pianos.

Piano or Pantalon?

This early instrument - which is currently for sale - has started a discussion on the definitions of 'Piano' and 'Pantalon'.  Please see the Sale Page to share your views, and to help us to share this puzzle.

Tomkison c. 1805  For Sale

Please see the Sale Page for details of this piano.

Two Broadwood Squares 

The Norwich Museum have two Broadwood square pianos - 1789 and   c. 1815 - in their reserve collection, with no realistic prospect that they can be displayed.  The Trustees have therefore decided to dispose of them, but as well as purely monetary considerations, they will take into account offers that promise a secure future, ideally in an educational context, and in the UK if possible.  But these are guidelines, and for example an educational opportunity overseas could be considered ahead of a private buyer in the UK.  It all depends who applies.  But whatever, the guide prices for these two classic pianos are tempting.  Please see the Pianos for Sale page for details.

Finchcocks 2014

  Our fourth Square Piano Weekend at Finchcocks was very successful and enjoyable.  

 

 Keynote Presentation - Martyna Kazmierczak

We were all enchanted by our soloist Martyna Kazmierczak at Finchcocks 2013.  So it was a privilege for us to welcome her as our keynote presenter this year.

Please see the Finchcocks Page for a report on this very enjoyable event.

The Spinet Page

  We all love those beautiful English Spinets, and now they have a Page of their own, where I hope to encourage interest, ownership, and amateur makers.

Square Piano Tech

Please take time to visit our sister website www.squarepianotech.com  This is run by our Friend Tom Strange in America, and is rapidly growing into a treasure-store of permanent wisdom.  

About the 'Webmaster' (David Hackett)

My only claim to respectability is that Carl Dolmetsch once offered to take me on as an apprentice.  This was in 1962, when I had just shown him my first clavichord, and been his guest at Haslemere.  However, he also advised me that it would be better to go to University, and I accepted his advice.  Early Keyboard Instruments have therefore remained a hobby, and now happily retired, I am able to spend a bit more time enjoying them - and encouraging others, I hope..

My real work is with homeless cats now, though - I have the privilege to be Co-ordinator of the local voluntary branch of Cats Protection.

 

www.cats.org.uk/wellingborough

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