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 email@example.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.
Please see the Auctions Page for more about this remarkable and important little piano.
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.
Please see the Sale Page for details of this very early instrument
Exciting News! Amongst the pianos in the next Piano Auctions sale on September 25th will be something very special - A 1787 Broadwood Grand. This is one of the first grands to be made by John Broadwood, and indeed one of the very earliest English grand pianos. The example in the Colt Collection (number 203) is probably my favourite piano, if you don't count my own little Broadwood square from the same year. It is a delight to play and to listen to. Pianos got bigger and louder, but in my opinion they never got any better. If five octaves is enough for you -and it's enough for Mozart and much early Beethoven - then this could be a truly lovely piano.
There will be the usual informal gathering of Friends on the day before the sale, and no doubt we will be giving more than usual attention to this one!
This charming and unusual piano is the latest arrival on the Sale Page
New to the Sale Page - an unusual Longman & Broderip piano. Most pianos of this time were veneered at least in part, with decorative inlays. These luxury features do not fare well in tropical climates, and some pianos were specially constructed to be more tolerant of such conditions. Here we have a attractive and unusual Longman & Broderip. Instead of the usual enamel oval, we have a charming painting of an amicable Lion for England, a Scottish Unicorn (they are always good-natured) and the Welsh Feathers.
And as a special claim to fame, this piano was selected for a starring rôle in the forthcoming BBC drama 'Captain Collins', about the famous First Fleet which brought settlers to Australia in 1788. It seems that an L&B was one of the very first pianos to arrive in this New World.
Please see the Sale Page for further details, and your chance to be the new owner of this very special piano.
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.
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.
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.