Welcome to this informative website about early English pianos that gives findings from independent research. There are interesting articles about early piano makers, their pianos and useful advice.
You can also purchase authentic early keyboard materials from the store not only for early pianos but for other early keyboard instruments such as harpsichords, spinets and clavichords. These materials are commissioned by us and are not available from other suppliers.
Early pianos are offered for sale from private clients.
We hope that you enjoy your visit to this website.
19 December 2017 – “William Southwell – The Prolific Inventor of the Piano” A paper covering his manufacturing activities in Dublin during the late 18th century, – Read paper
6 December 2017 – Finchcocks – The tradition of music making continues – Read news
We have a range of authentic cloths including keyboard action cloth, hitch-pin worsted weave bearing cloth (Broadwood square piano type) and damper cloth suitable for pianos and other early keyboard instruments. More information can be found on the Keyboard Materials page or visit our shop to find the full range. Leather and silk may also be available but these materials are not offered through our online shop at present.
A directory of Makers and Merchants making or selling pianos in London before 1800 together with some new biographical information.
Here you will find short articles on early English pianos, their makers and related subjects including new information taken from independent research.
An example of an excellent performance on an early square piano of 1777 by Zumpe and Buntebart played by Dr Pablo Gómez Ábalos a fortepianist, freelance scholar, and collaborator of the Museu de la Música in Barcelona (Spain).
Pablo is currently preparing a book on Zumpe and the antecedents focusing on pantalons in England and Germany. He brings new light to the development of Zumpe’s instrument.
If you have an early piano that you wish to know more about, we are happy to provide advice about the maker, age and value of your instrument. If you are considering restoring an early piano, we do not undertake private commissions but there are excellent restorers who may be able to do this for you. A list of professional restorers in the UK who undertake this work for private and commercial clients is given. Alternatively, you may have an early piano that you wish to sell. We can provide advice and you are welcome to offer your instrument for sale on this website for which there is not a charge.
The logo image used on this website is: “Miss Harriett and Miss Elizabeth Binney” by John Smart painted in 1806. This watercolour shows the Binney sisters by an early 19th century grand piano. This image is used under licence from V&A Collections.
This website is maintained by Graham Walker, Dorset UK.