Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.7 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
(ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
What's Hot!!
Mr. PianoWorld - the full interview
-------------------
European Tour for Piano Lovers
JOIN US FOR THE TOUR!
--------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
Find a Professional
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Advertise on Piano World

(ad)
Piano Buyer Guide
Piano Buyer Spring 2018
ad
Pierce Piano Atlas


Who's Online Now
112 registered members (Alexander Borro, agent8698, AlphaBravoCharlie, Agent88, anotherscott, AWilley, all18piano, AaronSF, 20 invisible), 1,546 guests, and 5 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords & Scales
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Family stories of seafaring and intrigue as piano tale is... #2481373
11/16/15 07:01 PM
11/16/15 07:01 PM
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 6,258
Parsonsfield, ME (orig. Nahant...
Piano World Offline OP

6000 Post Club Member
Piano World  Offline OP

6000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2001
Posts: 6,258
Parsonsfield, ME (orig. Nahant...
Family stories of seafaring and intrigue as piano tale is unraveled in Sheffield

© The Star (UK)



[Linked Image]

It started with a purchase made on a mere whim. Michael Hannon’s mother Hilda bought a musical instrument listed as a ‘spinet’ at an auction in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, where his parents lived in retirement.

Although the instrument was in poor condition, it was structurally sound, and Hilda later passed it on to Michael to see if he could restore it.

The instrument, dated 1804, turned out to be a Broadwood, the sort of ‘square piano’ played by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, various Jane Austen heroines and Captain Scott, who took one to the Antarctic with him.

Nearly 40 years on since his mother bought the item, Michael has written a book detailing the dramatic story linked to the family which originally owned the piano.

Michael, who lives in Ranmoor with his wife Rosemary, was formerly Sheffield University’s librarian, and in retirement has developed a special interest in early keyboard instruments, as well as in family history. He also sings bass with the Abbeydale Singers, and has been closely involved with the commissioning of a new organ for Sheffield Cathedral.

Hilda gave the square piano, a variety that fell out of favour with the advent of the grand piano, to Michael in 1979. He had it professionally restored, and used the serial number - 8199 - as the starting point for the eight-year research project which led to the book.

Broadwoods, the world’s oldest piano company founded in 1728, were able to tell him when the piano was made, but that was all.

However, company records revealed the piano was bought by a Mrs Dorothy Findlay, who paid £33 for it - around £2,600 today - and had it shipped to her home in Glasgow.


Visit www.mrsfindlaysbroadwoodsquarepiano.co.uk for more information

Read more of this story: http://www.thestar.co.uk/what-s-on/...led-in-sheffield-1-7557190#ixzz3rhLbqYeE


- Frank B.
Founder / Owner / Host
PianoWorld.com
www.PianoSupplies.com
Find Us On:
Facebook.com/PianoWorldDotCom
ProRecord.info
www.youtube.com/PianoWorldDotCom
www.linkedin.com/in/pianoworld
Skype: PianoWorldDotCom
My Keyboards:
Estonia L-190 w/ ProRecord, Yamaha P-80, Estey 1895 Pump Organ, Harpsichord (kit), Clavichord (kit), Bilhorn Telescope Organ c 1880
-------------------------
It's Fun To Play the Piano ... PLEASE Pass It On!
Please invite every piano enthusiast you know to join our piano forums!


Re: Family stories of seafaring and intrigue as piano tale is... [Re: Piano World] #2485781
11/29/15 07:16 PM
11/29/15 07:16 PM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 494
England
bluebilly Offline
Full Member
bluebilly  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 494
England
Madeline Goold wrote a similar book tracing the history of a square piano she bought; "Mr. Langshaw's Square Piano"

[url=http://www.mrlangshawssquarepiano.co.uk/about/]MR LANGSHAW'S SQUARE PIANO[/url]



(ad)
Sweetwater - Keyboards
Sweetwater
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Dp speakers, external speakers or . . . both?
by peterws. 10/19/18 09:20 AM
D Major, A major, E major arpeggio fingering in RH
by Waterfall. 10/19/18 08:32 AM
Removing Wurlitzer Action
by masonhamlin. 10/18/18 08:15 PM
(ad)
Pianoteq
PianoTeq Petrof
Forum Statistics
Forums40
Topics187,887
Posts2,754,002
Members91,289
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
(ad)
Accu-Tuner
Sanderson Accu-Tuner
Please Support Our Advertisers
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver

Sweetwater

PianoTeq Petrof
Piano Buyer Spring 2018
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers


 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter |


copyright 1997 - 2018 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.2