Posts Tagged Square
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…
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.
Model: Square Piano
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.
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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Yamaha 6ft 3” Grand Piano
Auction Est: £7,000.00 – £9,000.00
This Yamaha S400 grand piano is in a black polyester casing on square tapered legs:
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…
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.
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.
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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