The website of the Pooya Radbon Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments is now up and running.
There are several professional restorers operating in the UK; those mentioned below are those that I know personally, and who have agreed to be 'linked'.
Lucy Coad www.squarepiano.co.uk
Lucy issues an occasional Newsletter which is packed with interesting updates and pictures. Follow the link on her website to receive it. when you get to the site, just click on 'Newsletter' - but look at the rest of the site as well!
John Broadwood & Sons Limited - the longest-established of all the piano-makers - is still active, and happy to undertake reatorations of Square Pianos. Especially Broadwoods, of course, but other makes will also receive sympathetic treatment. No email or website, but please write to Dr Alastair Laurence, John Broadwood & Sons Ltd, Finchcocks, Riseden, Goudhurst TN17 1HH, or call 01580 212713.
Andrew Lancaster www.squarepiano.net
David Hunt www.fortepiano.co.uk
David is approaching 'Retirement' (like me!) and would now like to be regarded as a 'consultant'
Johannes Secker www.johannes-secker.co.uk
Andy and Robert Durand www.musicroomworkshop.co.uk
David Winston www.periodpiano.com
Restorers - USA
Tim Hamilton, Cambridge Massachusetts email email@example.com
Tim is English, but has been operating in the USA for a number of years.
Anne Acker www.annesharpsichords.com is a well-known restorer of pianos from the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth centuries. She is also a harpsichord maker, a player, and a lecturer.
Jacob Kaeser www.harpsichordjacks.com Asa well as making harpsichords, Jacob also
retores square pianos, and will supply parts or assist with projects.
Margaret Debenham is a researcher into aspects of Piano History, especially the London makers around the turn ofthe century, and the Southwell pianos. She often works in collaboration with George Bozarth in the USA. Please see her website www.debenham.me.uk and go to 'New Resources'
The Galpin Society has been established since 1945 for those interested in the history of musical instruments. Also a very good lead to a variety of interesting websites - including this one!www.galpinsociety.org
Rudolf Haase runs an interesting website about classic pianos (including squares) in Switzerland. www.forte-piano.ch
We owe a great debt to the Auction Houses, who receive us courteously and with understanding. They allow us to study instruments -often historic - before they 'disappear' into private ownership - or even abroad. We do purchase (or even sell) through them occasionally, but very often we are just there to share our enthusiasm, to record detail, and to meet each other.
Piano Auctions Limited run four sales every year at Conway Hall in London, near Holborn. Square pianos are usually well represented, with occasional 'cabinets' and even early grands. Many of the squares sell for 'affordable' prices. We always have an informal meeting of Friends of Square Pianos on the day before the Sale, and enjoy lunch in the nearby Dolphin pub. See you there?www.pianoauctions.co.uk