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Graham WalkerThis is the website of Graham Walker, Dorset, UK who has had an interest in the early piano for over 30 years. He has undertaken the restoration of instruments for private collection and has also carried out research on early pianos and their makers over this period. This has been done alongside a career in management consultancy and performance management. Early retirement in 2007 enabled him to become more involved and he commissioned a cloth manufacturer to produce an authentic keyboard cloth. This cloth is the nearest match to an early 19th century piano cloth that can be made within modern manufacturing processes. It was initially produced for his requirements but it soon came in demand by others.  Further types of cloth have been replicated by request from makers and restorers.  These cloths can be purchased from the online shop on this website.  He has also undertaken some research into the leather used in early English pianos and is currently working in liaison with the Institute of Creative Leather Technology, Northampton University, UK with the objective of determining specifications. He is involved in supporting interest in the early piano and is passionate about ensuring that our heritage of early pianos collections in the UK can be maintained for the future.
1812 Broadwood Grand Piano For Sale (Reserved)

1812 Broadwood grand piano for sale (Reserved)

This piano has been restored and is ideal for the performance of classical period music up to and including much of Beethoven.  It offers a rare opportunity to acquire an early 19th century grand piano or fortepiano in playing condition.   It may be of interest to both private individuals and institutions wishing to play or provide music of this period on authentic instruments.

The nameboard inscription reads: “John Broadwood & Sons, Makers to His Majesty and the Princesses, Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square, London”.  The entry in the Broadwood archives for this instrument shows that it left the factory on 29th August 1812.  Some provenance is known.

It has a 5 ½ Octave keyboard, FF to c4, with ivory naturals and ebony sharps.  The case is in mahogany with crossbanding.  The key-well is in satinwood with purpleheart banding.

Full detail of the restoration work undertaken on the instrument is available.

This piano is similar to that given to Beethoven in 1817 by Thomas Broadwood but has a five and a half rather than a six octave keyboard.

1812 Broadwood grand piano

Price:  £14,950  (This piano has been reserved)

For further information and viewing please contact Graham Walker by email:

graham@earlypiano.co.uk

The instrument is in Dorset, England.

Broadwood grand piano 1812 -2
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