Broadwood 1812

This is surely one of the best pianos ever offered for sale on this website.

This exceptionally fine piano, poignantly made in the year that John Broadwood died, is a rare example of Broadwood's six-octave pianos with a compass down to CC.  This was the keyboard range of many of the English grand pianos of the time.

This piano has survived in very good condition, and was carefully restored for the present owner by Andrew Lancaster in 1997.  It has been regularly tuned since then - Sound clip available.

We should mention the additional lead weights just in front of the action hoppers.  These were presumably added sometime earlier to give a modest increase in the touch-weight.  It would be a simple operation to remove them, but the restorer, the owner,  and the tuner assure us that the touch is light and regular.

The lowest five notes, CC - EE, have close-covered strings to give a stronger tone, the earliest use of this style that we know.  The next twelve pairs, FF - E are open-covered as was usual for the time.  Then eleven pairs of plain brass strings are followed by iron to the top.

These early six-octave pianos are also the first to have the tuning-pins for the top notes at the right, rather than at the back, to reduce crowding of the pins. 

It's good to see that the internal green board has survived.

It is rare to find a piano in this condition, and ready-to-play, especially one to this specification.  A sound-clip was made by the tuner, and demonstrates the full range of notes, including that sonorous bass.  It is attached below.


This lovely piano is in Ranmoor, Sheffield, and is now offered for sale at £2,400.  Please contact the owner, Jean Thornton.

Broadwood 1812.mp4
MP4 video/audio file [180.8 KB]


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