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This week we consigned three pianos from the same house, all had been fully rebuilt or refurbished and all were leading makes of the piano world. The Broadwood square piano was the one that got us talking. The September 15th 2016 auction is one not to be missed if you have an interested in period and antique instruments…

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The Square piano was first seen in London around 1766 and were as novelty then as they are today. They have a certain charm that is undeniable and when played and in good condition they have a very delicate & sweet sound. In the early days Harpsichord players were very fond of the square piano due to the similarities in timbre that both instruments offered.

The early examples were so small and compact that they could be classed as early portable keyboards! And don’t laugh as this was practiced!

The novelty aspect of square pianos created a fresh trend almost immediately and the famous composers were not going to miss out either. Johann Christian Bach, Gluck, Paisiello, Cimarosa, and Clementi are some of the composers who owned examples.

Broadwood square pianos are undeniably famous however, they are becoming rarer to find. If you search around you can still find these instruments but unfortunately they are generally in poor condition and normally used as pieces of furniture in larger houses.

This Broadwood square piano that has just been consigned into our September 15th piano auction in Manchester has been fully rebuilt and the rebuilders have done a respectable job.

Make: Broadwood

Model: Square Piano

Date: 1842

Keyboard Compass: 6 octaves ( F to F)

Finish: Mahogany French polish

Auction Est: £400 – £600

 

A John Broadwood square piano that has been fully rebuilt and re-polished in a mahogany French polish case, raised on turned and fluted legs. This instrument has been sensitively restored with a nice original ivory keyboard. The restoration work on this instrument has been careful and thorough throughout and is fitted with a sustain pedal. This instrument is in full playing condition.

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Where else could you buy a rebuilt Broadwood Square piano at this price ?

There are always bargains to be found in our auctions!

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

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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

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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

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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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April 5th 2014 Auction Insight

Yamaha 6ft 3” Grand Piano

Model: S400

SN: 4320863

Auction Est: £7,000.00 – £9,000.00

This Yamaha S400 grand piano is in a black polyester casing on square tapered legs:

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Britannia Piano Auctions: Yamaha S400 Grand Piano In The April 5th 2014 Auction

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

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Why The Touch Of Grand Pianos Are Better

Why The Touch Of Grand Pianos Are Better…

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Two of the grand pianos in our April 2014 auction that are at bargain prices

It is a common enough question and is often the subject of many pianists conversations:

“What type of piano has the superior touch… The upright or the grand?”

Let us explain…

The upright piano houses it strings in a design that makes them vertical to the ground. Because of this the action sits in front of the strings and the hammers sit at an approximate 45-degree angle to the floor. In a grand piano the strings are housed parallel with the ground and the action sits underneath the strings. The hammers rest at a 45-degree angle below that of the ground. This basic 90-degree variation of the positioning is significant in the response and consistency Between the two pianos.

The hammer in a grand piano is controlled by gravity, whereas the hammer in an upright piano is controlled by springs and levers. These differences in design mean that the grand piano key has two major triumphs of the upright piano key, these triumphs are that the grand piano key can be played faster & more sensitively.

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The inside of a 2002 Boston designed by Steinway grand piano. This grand piano featured in our December auction and sold for £4,700.00

 

Upright instruments will always rely on the ‘spring and lever’ action. Springs can wear out and alter the playability & worth of the instrument, however the grand piano is designed in such a way that it employs the use of gravity, which is an unrestricted and perpetual power and simply can’t wear out!

This in return demonstrates that grand pianos have a repetition and sensitivity advantage over uprights.

 

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The ‘spring and leaver’ action can be seen here on this Steinway piano that was pictured for an earlier BPA auction package.

Be in no doubt however that the design of the upright action is excellent in todays instruments. Nonetheless when a player is ready to master the more serious works of the repertoires its mechanism will offer a noticeable limitation on a players ability to perform.

Most students of the piano begin by learning on an upright instrument, there is a reason why the music colleges have uprights in almost every practice room!

Not everyone plays to the most advanced of standards. However it can not be denied that there is a ‘progress advantage’ to practicing each day on a grand piano.

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