New Parts and Supplies

1) From Friends of Square Pianos

I have donated these items to Cats Protection, and hereby arrange for Cats Protection to sell them to you.  

The PayPal link below will direct payment to the account of

Cats Protection, Wellingborough & Rushden Branch.


Thank you.  Our volunteers give freely of their time and love, but our vets' bills are truly frightening.  And if you don't really like cats, please remember that our single biggest expenditure by far is the neutering of feral, stray, and uncared-for cats, to do our best to keep the numbers down in the future!  

To purchase any of these items, please email David at


  We can make strings for most square pianos, from the earliest up to about 1840.  All strings are made from Malcolm Rose wire.  

  Prices asked are competitive with other suppliers, but all the money goes directly to Cats Protection.

 Plain strings can be supplied in red brass, yellow brass, or iron.  Price £4.50 for single strings.  For full restorations, I strongly encourage amateur restorers to make their own plain strings, and I am happy to offer advice.  

 Open-covered strings have brass cores, overspun with red copper, tinned copper, or brass.   £10.50 each except for brass covers (see below)

  Close-covered strings for later pianos are normally red copper on iron.  £14 each.  Occasionally we find close-covered strings which are iron-on-iron.  These require a special soft grade of iron for the covers, which has very limited application.  But I may be able to help - please ask.

  Postage extra, please.


  I normally finish the ends of the covered section of strings with a 'swaged' section, to help ensure that the cover remains secure and tight.  (Upper string in the picture above). However, when making brass-on-brass strings, as sometimes found on pianos by Tomkison, and Continental makers, I have found that even the special soft grade of spinning brass is somewhat springy, and does not 'lay' as nicely as copper.  For this reason, I prefer to solder the ends (lower string).  There is a small extra charge for this.

Tuning Hammers

  These are something of a Friends speciality, and the Pussies make every effort to ensure that they are a pleasure to own and to use.  The stems are fabricated from steel with a brazed collar, and ideally should be fitted to a sample pin: the wrestpins of old pianos were hand-made, and far from standard!   Or we can do our best from measurements supplied by you.  It is important that the socket should fit the pin as closely as possible.  This not only makes tuning easier for you, but is kinder to the pins and the hammer.  

  Handles are individually turned in fine hardwoods, and currently we can offer a choice from Macassar ebony, African blackwood, rosewood, satinwood, box, tulipwood, burr elm, bubinga, olivewood, purpleheart, and kingwood.  All have brass ends.  

  The price is £35.  Postage £3.20 (UK), £3.70 (Europe)  £5 (Worldwide).


  Please also note that we can make an extra-small size to fit the set-off adjusters of early English grand pianos (5th from the left in the picture).


  Please remember also that these fine tools are designed for the sensitive tuning of early clavichords, harpsichords, and pianos, with correctly-adjusted wrestpins. They are perhaps not suitable for the heavier pins and strings of pianos from the 1830s onwards.  And if you have a restoration project where the old pins are seized solid, stronger measures are needed!  

Wooden Parts

  These have become something of a speciality, and there are not many makers who will undertake this kind of work without having the piano in the worshop.  The principle is that we can reproduce small wooden parts for actions, including hammers, dampers, and escapements.  Anything that was done by hand originally can be done again!  Materials are authentic as far as possible, and include pear, maple, mahogany, and lime.  

  The offer can even extend as far as new soundboards!

  It is not possible to quote standard prices, so please enquire.  

All plus postage at cost, please.

2) Commercial Suppliers

'Broadwood' cloth, damper cloths, and green silk

Graham's specially produced cloths include green 'Broadwood' keyboard cloths, red for under strings, and red and white for dampers (illustrated).  All are pure wool, made to as authentic a specification as possible, and in particular in the correct shades.


Iron, Brass, and Red Brass Wire for Strings:

Malcolm Rose  


Covered Strings:

Lucy Coad

Tuning Hammers:

Lucy Coad

David Law


Hinges and Brasswork:

David Law

Optimum Brasses


Replacement Threads for Legs:

Lucy Coad

Andy Durand

Anything Else?  Please ask David  

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