Broadwood 1830

The seller writes:

My late uncle's parents bought this John Broadwood & Sons rosewood and mahogany square piano dating back to 1830 or 1831 at auction in Bristol in the late 50's or early 60's, and it has been in the family ever since. It new requires tuning, but my uncle played it during his lifetime. I have a tuning key, spare ivories, plus one of the hinges which has come loose. Near the rear right hinge a split in the wood has been repaired, but this is not visible from the outside. The same is true for a scratch on the underside of the lid. Currently in Chislehurst (SE London), I’m hoping the piano will find a new home by early October, when I will next be in the UK, hence the unambitious price. Unfortunately I can’t offer transport, but I can certainly lend an extra set of hands to manoeuvre the piano out to the driveway. If interested or for further information, please contact me.

This is a special and unusual piano. The exterior is a bit faded, but would freshen up nicely. It has its pedal, which is good. Nice brass frets and inlay. Internally, I think I'm right in saying that I can see the brass levers which indicate that it is an early example of the check action. The string-plate has lovely swirly enamel, and the really unusual feature is the long bracing tube, which judging by the treatment of the end-brackets looks as if it's original. I've never seen one like this on a Broadwood. Nice hammers and dampers, many original strings (although a few modern replacements.)

The price for this interesting  and unusual piano is £450.


Please contact Oliver Hutchinson


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