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 possibly a spinet. 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 20th July

 

Regency Broadwood For Sale

 

Two Continetal Squares For Sale

 

Jane Austen and 'Musitiquity'

 

Beautiful 1824 Broadwood for Sale

 

Early Piano Course at Benslow

 

A Beautiful 'Jane Austen' Piano For Sale

Regency Broadwood For Sale

  This handsome Broadwood (c. 1820) was recently restored to a high standard, and is now offered for sale.  

   Please see the Instruments For Sale page.

Two Continental Squares

  Although a good proportion of the square pianos sold through this site are destined for Continental Europe, most of them come from the United Kingdom.  So it is good to see two fine squares that are already in S W Germany.  The first one is by Freudenthaler (Paris, 1809) and the other one made a few years later, probably in Germany (unsigned, as so many are).  Please see the Instruments For Sale page for details of these two.

Jane Austen and Musitiquity

  Some years ago, Lisa Timbs became a Friend of Square Pianos; she had the idea to specialise in performing music associated with Jane Austen, in period settings and costume, and using an appropriate piano of course! I was happy be able to offer a little advice, and the ‘Instruments for Sale’ page proved useful.  She named the enterprise ‘Musitiquity’.

  In this bicentenary year of the passing of Jane Austen, Lisa has achieved notable success with these recitals.  At the invitation of Lady Caernavon, a recent highlight has been her presentation at Highclere (aka ‘Downton Abbey’) of music and songs from the Jane Austen music books.  

  Other successes have included two lecture-recitals at the opening of Hampshire Cultural Trust's exhibition 'The Mysterious Miss Austen' in Winchester in the presence of
The Earl of Wessex. Lisa was presented to him afterwards and had a long conversation about the music.  He was fascinated by the piano and asked many questions.

Even more recently, she was invited to play at the launch of a new Jane Austen £2 coin at The Royal Mint. The designer of the coin was there and she was presented with a signed proof copy.

We congratulate Lisa on her success with this venture, and are happy that Friends of Square Pianos has been able to help in a small way.  She is available (with piano!) for future events.

lisa.timbs@musitiquity.com

Beautiful 1824 Broadwood For Sale

   As usual, I have not seen this piano for myself, but from the pictures and from what the owner tells us, it is one of the best pianos to have appeared on this website.  It was fully restored by Lucy Coad in 2005.  Please see the Instruments for Sale page for full details.

A Beautiful 'Jane Austen' Piano For Sale

  In this bicentenary year of her death, our beloved Jane Austen is very much in our thoughts.  So we are privileged to be able to offer for sale a handsome square piano from the late Regency period.  This lovely Astor & Horwood is in unusually good condition, and has benefited from a recent professional restoration.  Apart from tuning, this one is ready to play.  

  

  Please see the Instruments for Sale page for details of this exceptional offer.

Making a Spinet

  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..

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