Collard & Collard 1833

The numbers confirm that this piano was made in 1833, the year after the death of the great Muzio Clementi.  The number 2554 is in the series of Grand Squares, and the ink number 27943 is the tally of all instruments made by the firm, starting from Longman & Broderip 5½-octave squares in 1796.

Clementi was remembered on the nameboard for quite a few years.

Note the full-length soundboard, covering the keys which are normally visible on square pianos.   Internally the piano is in basically original condition, apart from the curious covering at the left end!  This should be plain mahogany, with a paper label.

Perhaps this piano's restorer would consider placing a facsimile of these instructions?  They are actually rather helpful...

The iron string-plate is an aid to tuning stability, and we also see the implementation of the Stewart Patent, whereby the plain iron strings are looped round double-sized hitchpins - as is done on virtually all modern pianos.

The pedal-leg is not shown in the opening picture, but the seller assures us that it is present.  It 'needs tuning', of course, but the seller assures us that it is in good condition.  The piano is in Horsham, West Sussex; the price is £250.  Please contact the owner, Paula Comber,


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