Broadwood 1824

This handsome Broadwood piano is number 28745, dated 9/3/24 on the lowest key.

As we see from the pictures, the case, keyboard and nameboard are in exceptionally good condition.

This piano was restored by Lucy Coad in 2005, to authentic standards as we would expect.  It has not been much played in recent years, but it remains in good playing condition, apart from being somewhat out-of-tune of course!  (But it does come with a tuning-hammer.)

  Shortly before this piano was made, Broadwoods introduced the divided bridge, which had been used on grands since the eighteenth-century. Iron is both lighter and stronger than brass, so if all the strings are on one bridge, the first of the iron strings are under-stressed.  By changing to the main bridge for the iron strings, they could have a longer scale and hence a higher tension.  Also about this time, Broadwoods introduced close-covered iron strings for the lowest seven notes, which (compared to brass open-covered strings) have a higher mass, higher tension, and fuller tone.  

  We see that the soundboard and bridge are in good condition, but there is a water-stain on the soundboard.  It is just too tempting to put a vase of flowers on these pianos (see heading picture!).  These soundboards are varnished, though, and it would almost certainly be a simple job to remove or reduce this mark with baby-wipes on the end of a flexible stick.  

  This close-up of the lid shows the elegant edge-banding of the mahogany, and the good finish, but also a very small split in the dge of the lid.  This would surely be a simple repair (using proper natural glue, of course.)

 

  As well as being a particularly handsome example, this is a piano to be played.  The price is £2,500; please remember that this is significantly less than the cost of the recent restoration.

 

  The piano is in Hampshire, and potential buyers are encouraged to examine it.  Please contact the owner, Simon Sinkinson

simon.sinkinson@gmail.com  

  

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