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.

2 August 2016 – Update to the Directory of Square Piano Makers and Dealers in London 1760-1800 for Adam Beyer and  James Ball

 

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 Square Piano Makers and Dealers in London 1760-1800

A comprehensive directory of  Makers and dealers  making or selling square pianos in London before 1800 together with some new biographical information.  (This directory is currently in the process of construction)

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.