Royal piano made in 1790 sold for £13,500

It is not every day that a piano made for a king’s daughter comes onto the market but a square piano made in 1790 for Maria Luisa Borbon infanta of Spain was sold by Alcalá Subastas auctioneers in Madrid for £13,591 including premium on 15 March 2017.    Of small size, this piano measures under 42 […]

Sale of early keyboard cloths

A new damper cloth is available from 15 February 2016 that is even closer in composition to the original used in early 19th century pianos than our previous cloth.  It is made from a finer yarn but uses a courser wool.  The result is a cloth that is slightly firmer but with increased surface nap.  Like the […]

New book on an 1804 Broadwood Square Piano

In Mrs Findlay’s Broadwood Square Piano, author Michael Hannon traces the extraordinary history of his 1804 instrument, originally bought by Mrs Dorothy Findlay, widow of a wealthy Glasgow tobacco merchant. In 1977 it re-appeared at an Irish auction where the author’s mother bought it. This lavishly illustrated book comes with a specially commissioned CD, including […]

An important collection of keyboard keyboard instruments to be sold at auction

The collection of early keyboard instruments of the late Christopher Hogwood will be sold at auction on 12th March 2015 by Gardiner Houlgate, Bath Auction Rooms, Corsham near Bath, England. This important collection of 26 instruments is expected to generate much interest. The collection includes a number of clavichords, four fortepianos, an early square piano, […]


Customers of the authentic early keyboard cloths that can be purchased from this website  sometimes come back to me with comments about their satisfaction of the products and how they have been used in the restoration of instruments.   I am always happy to hear from customers and where agreed, their comments have been included as […]

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 […]