Broadwood c. 1818

This Regency Broadwood could be a fine piano again, but it does need some work to get there - a good project for somebody!

The exterior surfaces of the mahogany case are badly faded - see the contrast with the top edges - but this will be easily transformed with a suitable finish-restorer (advice available).

All six turned and reeded legs are there, but as so often happens, the pedal is missing.  

It belongs to the period before and after 1820 when the wrestpins for the top notes of the 5½-octave pianos were moved from the usual place at the back to the right-hand end; this does reduce congestion on the main wrestplank, and make tuning easier.  From the picture above, the soundboard looks good.

The keyboard and nameboard are in good condition, and it seems that most, if not all, of theinternal parts are there.  The nameboard frets need to be replaced, but we can help with a pattern.

Some work has been done, and the dampers are either accurate replacements, or very nicel cleaned!  As in nearly all cases, new strings will be needed.  A string-chart is available.

The characteristic weakness of square piano design is the structure of the right-hand end, where the tension of the strings causes  the joints to fail.  At least it is obvious in this case, rather than lying hidden to surprise the restorer at a later date!  Often the bottom twists as the whole structure is distorted, and this is not easy to correct.  It's difficult to sure from the pictures alone, but it does seem that in this case, the bottom has remained flat, and the rest of the structure has pulled away from it.  This is arguably simpler to correct, as it 'only' requires the soundboard to be removed, and the joints re-glued.  

The leg-threads show the usual evidence of wear, but this picture shows the exceptional quality of the gilt-brass collars.


This piano is in the Canterbury area; the price is £200. 

Please contact Matthew Farmer


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