Friends, Restorers, and Suppliers

Some Interesting Websites

Martyna Kazmierczak is our very special Friend, and we will always remember her enchanting performances at our Finchcocks parties.

  She has just launched her own website - make it one of your favourites for regular visits:

 

www.martynakazmierczak.com

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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!

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 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, Lythe, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3RT, or telephone 07770 772233

 

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  timpianos@outlook.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.

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 )

 

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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Auctioneers
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

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