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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.

 

Update 24th August

 

Southwell Upright Square - 

Additional Pictures

 

Broadwood  1802 For Sale

 

Broadwood 1835 For Sale

 

Broadwood1829 For Sale

 

Broadwood 1816 For Sale

 

Broadwood 1848 For Sale

Southwell Upright Square

William Southwell's pianos are famous not only for their technical innovation, but also the exquisite quality of their cabinet-work.  This magnificent example of a Upright Square will be in the auction sale at Woolley & Wallis on October 5th.  There are now more pictures on the Auction Page.

 

 

These pianos are very rare, but it is remarkable that a very similar example appeared in the Finchcocks sale in May - that one achieved a hammer-price of £16,000.

Broadwood 1802 For Sale

Another Broadwood!  This one, the oldest of the five currently offered for sale, offers a challenge for an enthusiastic restorer.  Note the lack of frets; we usually think that these were introduced in 1800 more or less exactly, but whereas it is simple to cut frets into a plain nameboard, it is a lot more difficult to fill them in again! 

Please see the Sale Page  for details.

Broadwood 1835 For Sale

  This very handsome Broadwood has an interesting history: it was originally purchased in May 1835 by Mrs Ridley Colborne (later Lady Colborne) and returned to Broadwoods for overhaul  in 1850.  At this point, the name-plate must have been updated,  because it refers to 'Her Majesty' (Queen Victoria) who did not come to the throne until 1837.  Then there is a gap, until it became part of the important collection of Kenneth and Mary Mobbs, on loan to the Royal Academy of Music.  It is currently in the care of the well-known clavichord maker Peter Bavington.  

  I used to have one just like this (but not nearly as nice) - it was a lovely piano, and a pleasure to play.  This is a fine instrument, from a reliable seller, and is offered at a very realistic price.  Please see the Sale Page for details.

Broadwood 1829 For Sale

This handsome Broadwood has the six-octave compass ideal for nearly all Classical and early Romantic Music, including Beethoven, Schubert, and Mendelssohn.  Most of the square pianos that are offered for sale need a greater or lesser restoration work, but this has been professionally done quite recently for this one, which is now offered for sale ready-to-play.  The owner has provided a short video to demonstrate this, which is now accessible from the Sale Page.

Broadwood 1816 For Sale

Nice to see that this one has retained its inner 'passive soundboard!  Please see the Sale Page for further details.

Broadwood 1848 For Sale

An unusual Broadwood with six octaves plus one note.  Please see the Sale Page for details.

Clementi 1818 For Sale

  For those who are buying a square piano as an instrument to make music, it is well worth bearing in mind the cost of professional restoration work.  Prices of the pianos themselves might go up and down (mostly down, lately) but restoration work takes time and skill.  So, overall, it is usually worth buying a piano such as this on which the work has been done.

  This handsome piano is in excellent playing order, and is now offered for sale.  Please see the Sale Page for details.

Making a Spinet - The 1704 Blunt Replica 

  Some of you may have been following the construction - starting from a pile of wood - of this replica of a remarkable and important instrument.  The spinet is now complete and playing well, and has gone to its new home in Scotland.    

 Please see the Spinet Page for the story.

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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