Friends, Restorers, and Suppliers

Some Interesting Websites

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For some years now, Eric Feller has been buildng a fine collection of instruments, including square and grand pianos, spinets, and harpsichords.  The website with details of the instruments is being developed:

http://www.ericfeller.de/en/

 

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The Carolina Music Museum opened in March 2018; it has a fine collection of early keyboard instruments.

 

https://carolinamusicmuseum.org/

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The website of the Pooya Radbon Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments is now up and running.

 

www.fortepiano-collection.net

 

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Ralf and Heiko Hansjosten are building a new website with details and pictures of their collection of instruments.

 

www.clavieratelier.de

 

Note that search engines may tend to push you to 'klavieratelier'.  Be persistent!

 

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Many fine instruments, including the Heilman Grand from the Colt Collection may be seen in the Geelvinck Museum in Zutphen, Netherlands.

 

www.geelvinck.nl

Restorers


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 also operates an on-line shop for items that we frequently need.

 

John Broadwood & Sons Limited - the longest-established of all the piano-makers - is still active, and happy to undertake restorations 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, Lythe, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3RT, or telephone 07770 772233

 

Andrew Lancaster www.squarepiano.net

 

Johannes Secker www.johannes-secker.co.uk

 

Andy and Robert Durand www.musicroomworkshop.co.uk

 

David Winston www.periodpiano.com

 

Restorer - USA

 

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.

Olaf van Hees is a specialist in restoring square pianos, especially Dutch square pianos, and based in The Hague, The Netherlands. He can be reached by email

olafvanhees@planet.nl 

or by phone ( 0031 70 345 25 10 or 0031 6 54 75 70 52 )

 

Olaf also now has a Facebook Page, with more about his collection

https://www.facebook.com/squarepiano/

 

Friends 


Margaret Debenham is a researcher into aspects of Piano History, especially the London makers around the turn ofthe century, and the Southwell pianos. Please see her websites www.debenham.me.uk and www.williamsouthwellpianoforte.org.uk for more information.

 

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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

 

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Rudolf Haase runs an interesting website about classic pianos (including squares) in  Switzerland.   www.forte-piano.ch

 

www.pianomuseum.eu

 

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Michael Hannon has written a very entertaining and informative book tracing the history and restoration of 'Mrs Findlay's Broadwood Square Piano'.  The book includes a CD recording of the piano.

 

www.mrsfindlaysbroadwoodsquarepiano.co.uk

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