Early Keyboard Cloths

Early Keyboard Cloth

Early Keyboard Action Cloth

The green Early Keyboard Cloth has a 100% wool composition and is approximately 2.0mm thick compressed.  It is the standard replacement cloth for use in late 18th century and early 19th century pianos and is also suitable for use in harpsichords, spinets and clavichords. This cloth can be used for action front rail, balance rail, back-touch and hammer rail when used in early pianos.

There is also a new lighter weight and slightly thinner green Early Keyboard Cloth available of the same quality that is approximately 1.5mm thick compressed.  This cloth is more suitable for very early square pianos and provides the flexibility to build different thicknesses using a combination of the two cloths to meet requirements.

Both cloths are available roll width (137cm, 54 inches, for the 2mm cloth and 155cms, 61 inches, for the 1.5mm cloth) from 1 metre in length.  Alternatively, for smaller quantities it is available 1 metre wide from 25cm in length.

Prices  (1.5mm and 2mm cloth)

    1 metre wide x 25cm piece length  –  £20  (Usually sufficient cloth for one instrument)

    1 metre wide x 50cm piece length  –  £35

    Roll width under 3 metres in length  –  £85 per metre

    Roll width for quantities of 3 metres and over – £70 per metre

Damper Cloth

7th January 2019 – We are pleased to announce that a new damper cloth is available replacing the existing cloth.  It uses a much finer wool yarn and is weaved with a very high thread count.  This will make it easier to cut into the very small pieces used on early 19th century square pianos but it is equally suitable to be used for dampers on fortepianos and later square pianos. It can also be used as a listing cloth to damp the non-speaking parts of the strings.

As with the present cloth, it has a 100% wool composition with a felted finish.  This finish is also important to ensure that the cloth can be cut neatly and enable good damping properties.  The new cloth is available in a natural and cochineal red.  It has been more expensive to produce but we consider that the benefits are worth the extra cost.

Damper with new cloth

An early 19th century square piano damper with the new cloth

This new cloth has been more expensive to produce than the present cloth but the benefits are worth the extra cost.  The piece size is 50cms x 10cms and discounts are applied for orders for more than one piece.  The single instrument set of cloths will now include the new cloth but a smaller piece of each colour (25cms x 10cms) is included to keep the price the same as at present.  The amount of cloth supplied remains more than adequate for one instrument.  When used for listing, it is available roll length (150cms) x 5cms to be cut into the width required.

Prices

  • 25cms wide x 10cm piece length  –  £10  (Sufficient cloth for one instrument)
  • 50cm wide x 10cm piece length  –  £20 
  • 50cm wide x 10cm piece length x2   –  £30
  • 50cm wide x 10cm piece length x3   –  £36
  • 5cm wide x 150cm piece length  –  £25  (For use as a listing cloth)

 

Hitch-pin worsted weave bearing cloth (Broadwood type)

Worsted Hitchpin Cloth

The cochineal hitch-pin worsted bearing cloth has a composition of 100% wool with a worsted weave. The roll width is approximately 152cm (60 inches). It has been replicated from the cloth found in early 19th century Broadwood square pianos. The cochineal colour is a typical shade.

Prices

  • 152cm wide x 10cm piece length  –  £15  (Sufficient cloth for one instrument)
  • 152cm wide x 20cm piece length  –  £25
  • 152cm wide x 50cm piece length  –  £50
  • 152cm wide x 1 metre piece length  –  £80

Single Instrument Set of Cloths

This is the best way to purchase cloths for one instrument giving a discount on the individual prices of each cloth.  There are two options depending on whether you wish to include or exclude the hitch-pin bearing cloth.  The 1 metre x 25cm piece length of Early Keyboard Cloth is usually sufficient for instruments up to a 6 octave keyboard. 

Option – 1  Including the hitch-pin worsted weave bearing cloth (Broadwood type)                               

  • Early Keyboard Cloth (green) – 1 metre x 25cm piece length
  • New Damper Cloth (natural) – 25cm x 10cms piece length
  • New Damper Cloth (cochineal) – 25cm x 10cm piece length
  • Hitch-pin worsted weave bearing cloth (Broadwood type) – 150cm x 10cm piece length                                                                        

Price £35  ( A saving of £20 on individual cloth prices)

Option 2 – Excluding Hitch-pin worsted bearing cloth (Broadwood type)                                   

  • Early Keyboard Cloth (green) – 1 metre x 25cm piece length 
  • New Damper Cloth (natural) – 25cm x 10cm piece length
  • New Damper Cloth (cochineal) – 25cm x 10cm piece length                                                                                                                           

Price £28 (A saving of £12 on individual cloth prices)

Download pdf file   A detailed analysis of the Early Keyboard Cloth compared with original cloth in a Broadwood square piano by Thomas Strange, South Carolina, United States including guidance on replacing the cloth in square piano actions.