The Early History of the Piano
The invention of the Piano was born from the need to give keyboard instruments a musical expression which the harpsichords and spinets of the early 1700s could not give...
Straight Talk to Piano Owners
Explaining some of the unhappy truths about pianos. The ups and downs of the piano industry are difficult for the piano-owning public to appreciate. Good advice will help avoid expensive mistakes.
A Strange Fondness for Old Pianos
For many, there is a strange fondness for old pianos. It is certain that if a piano is old, it will need a lot of work to restore it to good playing order...
Beware of Old Pianos.
Antique woodworking craftsmanship makes for a fine piece of furniture but when a piano qualifies for being an antique, its working life is pretty much spent...
How a Piano Works
The piano uses mechanical movement to give the pianist an infinite range of dynamics. Achieved using the precision engineering of the piano action and keys, and the rich tones of vibrating strings...
Broadwood Grand Pianos
Broadwood Pianos have been around since 1728. Not many early Broadwood pianos survive to this day. Occasionally, good examples are come by...______________________________
Looking for a Suitable Piano?
A starter piano will just get a young player started. Give a keen and talented young player a 'starter piano' to play and he will be frustrated and discouraged.
An Artist with a Pencil & Paper
An artist draws a tuner at work...
Buying a Secondhand Piano
Buying a second-hand piano with limited funds is not easy. Some help choosing from a bewildering array of pianos would be useful...
The Day of The Minipiano
In 1934, Percy Brasted, discovered a miniature piano that was made in Stockholm by Messrs Lundholm. He bought the rights and began making it, calling it the 'Minipiano'.
Prestige, Priorities and Pianos
Imagine: a posh, exclusive hotel with flawlessly kept grounds, an award winning restaurant, golf courses, conference facilities... and a less than inspiring piano!
New Piano brochures use plenty of adjectives that imply a superiority of tone, craftsmanship, build quality, choice of materials. The reader is expected to believe everything written...
Buying a Used Piano
Buying a good used piano should not pay too much attention to what a piano looks like or to a low asking price. A piano that is not worth buying is no good even if it is cheap.
Is it Safe?
My old school had a Bechstein Grand which from time to time, had to be moved from one end of the hall to the other. The piano suffered from a couple of weak legs...
A Good Piano
A good piano seems to invite a passing pianist to sit and play. The top piano manufacturers have established reputations to maintain, and they work hard to produce high quality pianos which are to be treasured for generations! `______________________________
Piano-making in UK
The poor state of new pianos has been highlighted again this week - by the end of the week, I shall have seen or worked on 4 pianos less than 2 years old that need technical attention...
Desert Island Luxury Item
In the BBC Radio program ‘Desert Island Discs,’ created by Roy Plomley in 1941, a castaway is invited to share eight favourite records during a relaxed discussion about the castaway’s life.
Repairing a piano will involve spending a considerable amount of money - if you wanted a set of new hammer-heads fitted, the price for the work...
The piano action has one single purpose: to present the pianist with an even and responsive touch across the whole keyboard. The piano can be played with more confidence and freedom when the pianist knows the full range of dynamic expression is at his fingertips.
Piano Action and Keys
The piano action and keys are what links the pianist to the music played. The mechanism is capable of a vast range of dynamics and expression - it is a masterpiece of engineering.