Light Piano

This piano, which recently found a new home through this website,  presents something of a puzzle - I am tempted to ask if anyone can cast any light on the mystery...

There are records of R Light operating as a music-seller and dealer in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, but he was not an actual piano maker as far as we know.  

From the outside, the piano itself is a conventional five-octave late eighteenth-century instrument.  We are not happy with the stand, but witness-marks underneath confirm that it originally had a French stand.

225 or 24?  Did the sequences start at 1?  The wrestpins are old but are probably not origianal.

The really unusual feature is the action.  Single, with under-dampers.  But unlike the famous Froeschle/Broadwood type, which require expensive castings or machinings, these are made from simple materials - wood, and plain-section brass wire. 

The heads are mortised and pinned into the wooden uprights.

The tail-ends of the damper-arms are threaded; presumably they originally carried weights to aid damping efficiency.

The 'mousehole' is partly constructed of oak, and there are members overlaid on the bottom; the keyframe rests on these.


Have we any idea who might actually have made this piano - could it have been R Light himself?  Please send thoughts and suggestions, to David

which I will be happy to pass on to the new owner.  

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