Work in Progress

Adam Beyer 1774
Square Piano

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Serial number 130. This piano arrived to the workshop in an unrestored state, with most of the original features and materials present.

The main structure was all re-glued as the original animal glue had weakened. Most of the action was extant but we are busy making half of the dampers which were missing. It has the 3 hand levers and the buff stop still retains the original leather.

We are busy constructing a new trestle stand as the original is missing.

This piano is being taken to the Chelveston piano day as a work in progress example.

Previous Work

Longman & Broderip
Square Piano

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A Longman & Broderip Square Piano, built in 1796

It is possibly the first six octave square piano ever made. The decoration is attributed to Julius Caesar Ibbetson - a self-taught painter from Yorkshire who painted a couple of landscapes in the collection of Restoration House in Rochester, Kent where the piano resides.

Ibbetson was commissioned by Lord Mansfield to do a painted scheme for the music room at Kenwood House in Hampstead, including wall panels a chamber organ and a harpsichord. The decoration of the square piano is clearly part of that same scheme but Kenwood have no record of the square ever having been at the house. So it’s possible it was completed but never delivered, according to the owners of the piano.

Restoration house (in normal times) is open to the public and they run a series of concerts on period instruments. Please see: restorationhouse.co.uk.

Beck Square Piano 1780

Australian First Fleet Piano

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We are proud to have been chosen to be the restorers of this historically important instrument. Originally belonging to the surgeon on one of the ships in the first fleet, it landed in Botany Bay in 1788. It now belongs to WAAPA-Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia and is being restored to full playing condition for use in their extensive early keyboard collection.

Beyer Square Piano 1777

Horniman Museum, London

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​In 2019 we finished the restoration of an Adam Beyer square piano of 1777 for the Horniman Museum in Dulwich, London. This instrument was bought with lottery funding from the Finchcocks collection and from September this year it has been used for concerts, along with 5 other early keyboard instruments, in what is called their ‘hear it live’ series.