Three antique square pianos for sale, all in good playing order.

Broderip & Wilkinson – the date, circa 1798-1800, it has an internal serial number 784.

The touch is very responsive. It makes such easy work of classical period ornaments, and stands well in tune.

Dimensions: 165 x 60 [65" x 23"] keyboard height 76cm. Five and a half octaves, FF-c4, an escapement action, giving a much better touch than most pianos of the period. Captive (i.e. 'Irish') dampers, exactly as Clementi's square pianos. Original hammer coverings are in very good condition. New strings. All woollen cloths and leather hinges have been carefully renewed. (They should last for another hundred years.) The original soundboard has been carefully repaired. Currently tuned to A=420. The buyer may decide to settle for A=415, or A=425. The wrestpins are firm and secure: it is no trouble to tune. Further photos and report available on request. Any trial welcome.


John Broadwood & Son, 1808.

Five-and-a-half octave piano with escapement action, giving a pleasant touch and clear tone especially suitable for Haydn and early Beethoven. Signed above the keys: John Broadwwod & Son / Makers to his Majesty & the Princesses / Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square / London 1808. Serial Number: 11372

Equipped with a newly made sustaining pedal, placed under the right foot (the original being lost). Six screw-in legs with reeded finish and brass collars. Totally refurbished, with new leather and new cloth in all action parts.


Square Piano by Leonard Systermans, Paris, 1797

Five octaves, FF-f3, with the two-lever action, Paris-style over dampers, and four pedals - their functions being 1. buff stop [harp] 2. sustain [dampers] 3. Moderator [part of mechanism unhappily missing but could be rebuilt] 4. swell. The case is mahogany with exotic inlays, shellac polished to a high gloss. Original ivory keys in good condition.

A very solid instrument, with no measurable twist, and standing well in tune. Currently a=420.

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