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.