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Contact us for a free valuation of your piano. Our next auction takes place on 15th September 2016, we are taking consignments now.

The best way to contact us with the details of your piano is by telephone or by email. One of our specialists will work with you to research and explain the history of your piano and its prospective ‘hammer value’.

This service is provided to you at no cost.
Sell a Piano

When you contact us for help to sell your piano most estimates can be given within the initial phone call. However, if your piano is an antique piano, ornate or rare then to offer you an accurate value we would ask for a selection of 15 pictures that cover the casing and the mechanics of the instrument to aid us in determining its value. These can be sent by post or email.

The best way to sell your piano is with Britannia Piano Auctions in order to obtain the best value of your instrument today. We will forward you a clear and simple form to complete and return to us. This form will include a break down of the Auction House fees.

After the sale of your piano, we promise that your sale figure will be paid to you within three working weeks

We are particularly interested in art case instruments and the following makes:

Steinway

Bosendorfer

Bluthner

Bechstein

Yamaha 

Kawai

Fazioli 

Grotrian-Steinweg

Ronisch

Schimmel

Petrof

Reid Sohn

Lipp

Monington & Weston

Knight

Kemble

Strohmenger

Hoffmann

Ibach

August Forster

Erard

Clementi

Boston 

Broadwood

Welmar

Pleyel

Kaps

Estonia

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Catalogue amendments for Tuesdays auction

There are some amendments in the catalogue for Tuesdays auction. All changes have been amended in the online catalogue so you can download the fresh and updated version now.

 

These changes include the following:

Lot 1. ( Description edit)

Grotrian Steinweg C.1973
A Model 120M upright piano in a mahogany polyester case together with a single stool in a red leather upholstery, a metronome & a sheet music cabinet.

The picture has also been changed on this lot to offer a clearer representation of  the piano

Lot 15. (description edit)

Broadwood C.1922
A 6ft 7 barless grand piano in a rosewood case raised on duel tapered legs.

The picture has also been changed on this lot to offer a clearer representation of the piano

Lot 16. (description edit)

Bluthner C.1907

A 6ft 3 Model 8 grand piano in a rosewood polished case raised on turned & fluted legs. This piano has been rebuilt. This instrument is sold with a matching stool in beige upholstery and a 5-draw sheet music cabinet in a mahogany finish.

Lot 20. (description edit)

Broadwood C.1922

A 5ft grand piano in a mahogany case raised on duel square tapered legs.

The picture has also been changed on this lot to offer a clearer representation of the piano

Lot 30. (description edit)

Music Cabinet

A traditional style sheet music cabinet consisting of four drop leaf drawers in an oak finish raised on barley twist legs.

£100 – £150

The picture has also been changed on this lot to offer a clearer representation of the piano.

Auction Tuesday 21st June 

Doors open for viewing 09:00

Auction opens 12:00 noon

There is no VAT on instruments in this auction !

Britannia Piano Auctions June 2016 Catalogue

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June Catalogue is now live

Our June sale is now live on the catalogue page of our website, please click on the icon to download your free copy of our auction catalogue.

A full range of grand and upright pianos are in this sale

If you have any questions about the lots listed or you would like to discuss any pianos listed please do not hesitate to contact us.

Condition reports and further pictures are available for all lots.

There is no VAT on any Instruments in this sale!

Britannia Piano Auctions June 2016 Catalogue

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Bechstein Model A Grand Piano

December 13th 2014 Auction Insight

Make: Bechstein

Model: A

Year: Circa. 1908

Est: £2,000.00 – £3,000.00

A 6ft Model A grand piano in a rosewood satin case raised on turned & octagonal legs. This piano has be reconditioned & re-polished.

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Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A Manchester London Scotland UK Bristol Cardiff Birmingham Crawford spinning field conway hall house

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A Manchester London Scotland UK Bristol Cardiff Birmingham Crawford spinning field conway hall house

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A Manchester London Scotland UK Bristol Cardiff Birmingham Crawford spinning field conway hall house

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A Manchester London Scotland UK Bristol Cardiff Birmingham Crawford spinning field conway hall house

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A Manchester London Scotland UK Bristol Cardiff Birmingham Crawford spinning field conway hall house

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A Manchester London Scotland UK Bristol Cardiff Birmingham Crawford spinning field conway hall house

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A Manchester London Scotland UK Bristol Cardiff Birmingham Crawford spinning field conway hall house

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A Manchester London Scotland UK Bristol Cardiff Birmingham Crawford spinning field conway hall house

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A

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The UK central piano auction in Manchester has changed venue and is now held at:

Britannia Piano Auctions

The Auction Room

Left Bank

Spinningfields

Manchester

M3 3ER

It is time to be thinking about the piano for you at the right price

If you have any questions about this auction insight or any other please don’t hesitate to contact us on:

Tel. 0161 977 0075

Email. info@britanniapianoauctions.com

An online listing will be on the website a week prior to the auction. We also have each auction live online where you can register to bid, if you would like details on live internet bidding then please call or email us.

Our fully illustrated catalogue for the December auction is available to purchase from us and is delivered to your door at a cost of £5.00, or, you can request a yearly subscription for £20.00 so you don’t miss an auction.

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Saturdays Auction

Saturdays auction on September 20th was a great success with many happy customers. It was good to welcome new faces to the BPA auction rooms and also see old familiar faces returning.

On September 20th we had period instruments to modern instruments in a variety of finishes. One period instrument was:

Lot. 26 An Erard 8ft concert grand in a rosewood case. This instrument realised £1,080.00

Britannia Piano Auctions: Erard Concert Grand

Britannia Piano Auctions: Erard Concert Grand

This instrument has been packed up ready for shipment and is being delivered to a private collection of period instruments.

One modern instrument that sold was:

Lot. 25 A Boston GP156 grand piano in a black polyester finish. This instrument realised £7,600.00

Britannia Piano Auctions: Boston GP156 Grand

Britannia Piano Auctions: Boston GP156 Grand

Lot. 9 was a traditional Bluthner Style V grand piano, this instrument in the auction realised £6,200.00

Britannia Piano Auctions: Bluthner Style V Grand

Britannia Piano Auctions: Bluthner Style V Grand

Lot. 15 A Steinway Model K upright piano realised £2,080.00 that proves there are bargains to be found in our auctions. Where else would you buy a Steinway for that price?

Britannia Piano Auctions: Steinway Model K Upright Piano

Britannia Piano Auctions: Steinway Model K Upright Piano

The September auction as always had a wide Variety of instruments in the auction room. We hope you are looking forward to the December auction and remember to invite your friends to are Facebook page and the website http://www.britanniapianoauctions.com so they don’t miss out.

Kind Regards

The team here at BPA

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Our next auction is in early December.

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A short video about our auctions

Watch our short video that explains how the auction works and how to bid with confidence for the piano you desire.
Saturdays auction includes Steinway, Bluthner, Bechstein, Yamaha, Kawai, Schimmel and many many more makers all at affordable prices.

Don’t worry if you scratch your nose we don’t count that as a bid!

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April 5th 2014 Auction Insight No. 2

Bechstein Grand Piano

Model: A

SN: 23211

Auction Est. £2,000.00 – £3,000.00

This Bechstein 6ft model A grand piano is in a mahogany case on square tapered legs. This instrument is complete with an upholstered  stool.

 

A clear front view of the piano:

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

A view from the rear of the instrument showing the strings and frame:

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

The Piano stands on very elegant duel tapered legs:

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

The mahogany stool that accompanies this piano is upholstered in a red and gold diamond pattern. It can house sheet music and is on ball and claw feet:

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

Here you can clearly see the keyboard and the ‘spiders web’ music desk:

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

Britannia Piano Auctions Bechstein Model A April 5th 2014 Auction

With under three weeks until the UK April piano auction in Manchester its time to be thinking about the piano for you.

If you have any questions about this insight or any other please don’t hesitate to contact us on:

Tel. 0161 977 0075
Email. info@britanniapianoauctions.com

An online listing will be on the website two weeks prior to the auction. However, our fully illustrated catalogue for the April auction is available to purchase from us by telephone or email and is delivered to your door at a cost is £5.00

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When It Comes To Hammer Felts We Follow The Sheep

Felt is one element of the mechanics in a piano, but is it a small element or a big one…

The finest hammer felts produced for pianos are made from virgin wool. It is classed as virgin wool when it comes from the very first shearing of a sheep.

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Here a sheep is being sheered for its Virgin wool

Virgin wool contains the longest fibre and greatest lanolin content, it can be removed from each sheep only once. This is the reason that it is very rare and very expensive.

Each shearing that takes place post the ‘virgin shearing’ produces a wool that is drier and more brittle, this is due to the Lanolin content being lower.

What Is Lanolin

Lanolin also called wool wax or wool grease is a yellow waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals. Most lanolin used by humans comes from domestic sheep breeds that are raised specifically for their wool. Lanolin is a wax. Historically, many pharmacopoeias have referred to lanolin as wool fat; however, as lanolin lacks glycerides, it is not a true fat.

Certain breeds of sheep produce large amounts of lanolin, the extraction can be performed by squeezing the sheep’s harvested wool between rollers. Most or all of the lanolin is removed from wool when it is processed into textiles, such as yarn or felt.

Hammer felt is categorised by weight in pounds; this is measured by weighing a square yard of the primed felt. So when you read about 18 pound hammers you will know that it refers to the weight of the square yard it was cut from rather than the weight of each individual hammer.

In the construction of a hammer there is a wooden base, the felt is mounted onto the wooden hammer under great pressure. Tension must exist in the hammer felt to offer a resilient bounce off the string after it has been struck. Too much tension or not enough is a negative and can stifle the tone production.

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A piano hammer in motion striking the string

Frequently manufactures use a thin layer of colored felt that they attach to the wooden hammerhead before attaching the final white/cream coloured felt that touches the string. This felt is called the ‘under felt’

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The blue and green felt that can be seen is called the under-felt

The theory behind ‘under felting’ is one that piano makers, sellers and players  are still divided on. Some believe that it adds to the overall experience whilst others believe it is a gimmick and the process of under felting is not necessary.

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You can see how the felt is added to the hammer in this picture. The felt is glued down and often stapled.

All hammer felts have to be glued to stabilise the felt to the hammer, in most cases they are glued and stapled

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Here you can see a row of staples towards the base of the felts

So now at your next ‘piano party’ you can spread your knowledge about piano hammers!

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Is the thought of bidding at auction daunting?

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Bidding At auction is simple and easy

Well, if you have never attended and/or bided at an auction then it most definitely will do. It is that simple fear of the unknown, the hesitation of a situation you don’t know the outcome of.  But don’t worry; you won’t mistakenly place a bid by itching your nose, winking or scratching your head!

There is still a school of thought that auctions are a black art and a complicated process. Some people believe that it can be almost an ‘old boys club’ and ‘outsiders are not welcome’. Such views are very dated and untrue. There are many regular auction goers who will get to know other regular faces, people who are interested in the same pianos will talk about instruments at the auction and share there opinions with each other. It can be almost a social event for some people. However, when it comes to the actual auction the auctioneer treats every bid in the room equally.

If on the day you find the process of bidding yourself too daunting then Britannia Piano Auctions will have bidders available who will talk with you; understand what piano(s) you are interested in and the maximum you are willing to bid up to. At in the auction they will stand with you and do the physical bidding.

For any detailed information of how to purchase a piano at action then remember to check out the ‘selling’ section of the website.

If you have any questions then please drop us an email at:

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Welcome To Britannia Piano Auctions!

Here you will find regular informative updates from our team and insights to the piano auctions. Moreover you will gain a wealth of knowledge about different makers and models of pianos and what to look out for when buying and selling with us.

Britannia Piano Auctions main focus is piano and keyboard related instruments, for example, upright and grand pianos, harpsichord, square pianos etc, we don’t focus so much on ‘electric keyboards’ unless the specific item is rare or is accompanied with a particular interesting history of ownership or relevance.

Here at the Britannia Piano Auctions Blog we will guide you on how to take part in the auctions and what the benefits as well as the negatives can be when buying and selling. Ultimately we want to offer you a rewarding outcome.

Regards

Peter Wilson

Director – Britannia Piano Auctions

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