A paper on the Early Pianos of Thomas Tomkison

There has been little written about Thomas Tomkison until now but Norman MacSween has undertaken detailed research of this piano maker.  His article is published in the current edition of the Galpin Society journal and is titled: “No Maker to be Compared – The Early Pianos of Thomas Tomkison (c1764-1853)” The quote in the title […]

Square Piano Weekend 2014 at Finchcocks Musical Museum

The 4th Square Piano Weekend will be held at Finchcocks Musical Museum, Goudhurst in Kent, UK on the 10th and 11th May 2014.  This is an informal and social weekend and all are very welcome.  The main part of Saturday is devoted to demonstrations, talks and discussions, primarily about square pianos.  There will be evening […]

Historical keyboard instrument course

Broadwood & Sons in association with Finchcocks Musical Museum held an event on the 19th and 20th July 2013 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Piano Tuners Association.  This two-day hands-on course was, held at Finchcocks Musical Museum, Goudhurst, Kent, primarily aimed at PTA members. The informal course covered historical keyboard instrument design and regulation […]

A successful square piano event

On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May,  36 people attended the 3rd Square Piano Weekend at Finchcocks Musical Museum, Goudhurst, Kent in the UK.  The major presentation was given by Leif Sahlqvist, who has devoted many years to a study of the pianos of Muzio Clementi  and his talk gave an insight into the makers […]

Redesign of Website

The Early Piano website was originally launched in October 2009 and redesigned in February 2013. It now has a new appearance and easier navigation that we hope you like. There is also a new section on square piano makers and dealers in London 1760 to 1800 but this will take a while to complete as […]

Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America, 1700–1830

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, United States is featuring an exhibition of keyboard instruments from the harpsichord to the pianoforte titled  “Changing Keys”.  This exhibition was opened on 22 November 2012 and will run until 7 September 2014. Explore the evolution of spinets, harpsichords, and pianos in the 18th century in this exhibition of more […]