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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 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 26th April 2017



Spinet Day at Chelveston 8th April

Update to Report


Broadwood 1831 For Sale


Instruments from the Colt Collection

More News


The Royal Pavilion Tomkison - Good News



Spinet Day at Chelveston, 8th April

Update to Report

  On a glorious spring day, a group of 29 of us gathered in Chelveston for a very enjoyable Spinet Day.  Good company, good food, and good music.  And an assembly of ten spinets, dating from 1704 to 2015.  What more could we ask?  

  An extended (but not final) report is on the Spinet Day page.  This includes PDF downloads of the two talks.

Broadwood 1831 For Sale

Please see the Sale Page for details of this handsome Broadwood.  The pedal is present!

Instruments from the Colt Collection

More News

We can confirm that three instruments from the Colt Collection, sold at Piano Auctions on 6th April, have now gone to a new home in the Netherlands, Geelvinck Music Museum Zutphen.

  The three  are my favourite Heilmann, the Graf grand, and the big clavichord.  The plan is for them to be on display in a new museum in the town of  Zutphen, near Arnhem.  Further details on


Clementi 1805 - Sold

Clementi's pianos are always popular, and those from the period 1800 - 1810 are perhaps the prettiest of all square pianos, and a delight to play.


This example is well above average.  Please see the Sale Page for further details.  

The Royal Pavilion Tomkison Returns Home

  This magnificent piano was specially made for the newly-crowned King George IV (formerly Prince Regent) to go in the Royal Pavilion at Brighton.  When it was announced that it was amongst the instruments from the Colt Collection to be sold at auction, there was considerable 'behind the scenes' activity.  This piano belongs in the Royal Pavilion, and a group of people were determined that this would be the outcome.


  We are pleased to report that the plan was successful and the piano is now going home.  It could be on display as early as the Easter weekend.  There is an excellent story on the Royal Pavilion website  https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/press-release/party-princes-piano-returns-palace


  And a new story on:  http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/2017/04/11/grand-entrance-for-a-grand-piano-george-ivs-tomkison-piano-returns-home/


 Even better news is the possibility that it will be restored to playing order and will be heard again.


This is one of the five instruments from the Colt Collection sold at Piano Auctions on April 6th.  The others included perhaps my favourite piano of all time, and the inspiration for my own grand piano - the lovely Heilmann grand.  Please see the Auction Page for details of this, and the other important instruments in this sale. 

  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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