A website for the Early Piano

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 online shop 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.

18 March 2017 – A royal piano made in 1790 sold for £13,500 Read news

15 March 2017 – A major revision of the London piano makers directory (1760-1800) has been  undertaken that gives three levels of information.  There is a full list of piano makers and merchants names, each having a drop-down table of basic information (Business activity and addresses together with dates).  A third level of more detailed biographical and manufacturing information for some makers and merchants will be provided from a link in the table.  Directory overview

5 March 2017 – Five historically important early keyboard instruments are sent to auction in London  Read news

 

Find your early keyboard materials in our Store

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.

Directory of Piano Makers and Merchants in London 1760-1800

A directory of Makers and Merchants  making or selling pianos in London before 1800 together with some new biographical information. 

Gallery of English Square and Grand Pianos

Some interesting examples of early pianos from private collections are shown in our Gallery together with comment about these instruments and their makers.

Articles on Early English Pianos and their Makers

Here you will find short articles on early English pianos, their makers and related subjects including new information taken from independent research.

 

 

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.

We would be pleased to hear from you.  Please get in touch with Graham or use the Contact Form on this website.

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.