In the drab and colourless era draped with austerity that followed the Second World War, the Coronation celebrations must have felt something akin to the blaze of a bright summer day in the middle of a dull, rainy and chilly week. The Kemble Minx on offer here is from Coronation year and has sufficient original case decoration to suggest that for one day only, staff at the factory were allowed to go wild with the finishes and join in with the celebration. Note please also the red white and blue sharps which are unusual. There are traces of some repainting which undoubtedly took place in Jubilee year - or so we like to think. This patriotic instrument is a wonderful piece of nostalgia and would look perfectly at home in any front room in any one of the many countries that are proud to be part of The Commonwealth. Please call for further details.
A three pedal piano from the " Mysterious East " in a high gloss red mahogany finish. Well made with an attractive sound this instrument also boasts a grand piano style side hinging lid - ingenious. Please call for details.
Challen Baby Grand (ready soon)
Challen made large numbers of small grand pianos in the 1930s which were eagerly bought by good folk who found the idea of these diminutive instruments very appealing. One could have an imposing instrument in a modest front room or flat without having to eject other items of essential furniture. The beginning of the Second War brought an abrupt end to frivolous activities like piano building and the era of the “baby grand “ appeared to be over. However once hostilities had ceased life began to return to normal and factories which had been requisitioned for war work began to hope for a brighter future. This little chap was made in 1961 but is identical in every way to earlier prewar offerings. Somewhat of a rarity ( some would say a “throwback”) it has a very nice tone with a pleasant light touch and comes in an attractive mahogany case. Currently enjoying a light “ fettling” and will be ready shortly. Please call if you need further information.
Evestaff Traditional 1250.00
A well made piano in a somewhat austere case. If you are able to tear your children away from the corrosive influence of “X” box or the competing Playstation and coax them back into the real world of tactile engagement then this instrument could be just the thing. Just the right case for a playroom environment and very much up to the job of getting through the grades. Alternatively would make a very good instrument for an adult player wishing to break away from Instagram and WhatsApp and the endless chore of posting favourably filtered photographs of themselves having a stupendous time onto Facebook. Please call for further details and advice on how to break your son or daughters Fortnite habit.
A European instrument in a traditional style with supporting legs. This piano has a pleasing sound with a positive touch and comes equipped with three pedals. If you are an improving player this reliable chap might be just the ticket. Please call for details
We are very pleased with the ghostly reflection and are thinking of calling in an American television company to see if they wish to look further and make a documentary exploring paranormal activity in and around pianos.
This charming little piano was made in South Korea where the strong engineering ethos guarantees high quality. With a six octave, seventy two note compass, it is ideal for smaller spaces. By happy coincidence this configuration requires a wide cheek block to the left hand side of the keyboard providing an area perfectly suited to the base of a generous tumbler of whiskey and ice - Tullamore Dew is a recommendation but Jamiesons will do.
J and J Hopkinson £1250
Established in Leeds in the mid 19th century Hopkinson flourished earning a fine reputation for reliability and quality. This instrument is from the golden era just before the Second World War and typifies the companies output. This example has enjoyed major restoration, including re string and full polish. It has a full and warm tone with a positive touch. Please call for details.
An unusual name and one (we suspect) which has been conjured up to lend this jaunty piano a Teutonic flavour. Very firmly from the “Mysterious East” this instrument has a pleasing mellow tone and a positive touch. It also has three pedals. Please call for further information
Collard and Collard - now sold
"What is this strange and wondrous delight?" I hear you exclaim. Well my little ones, it is a rare and ingenious ships piano. Narrow in section with a folding keyboard, it is just the thing for your Thames barge or Norfolk Wherry or indeed an ambitious HMS Warrior back garden recreation. Please call for details and make sure you have a trusty boarding cutlass to hand. Please note this nautical chap is now sold and lives in a house with views of the sea.
Schiedmeyer - now sold
Schiedmeyer were one of the finest German manufacturers with a high reputation for quality and innovation. However by the mid 1970s, with world markets and and consumer habits changing, the company finally succumbed and allowed itself to be subsumed into the mighty Kawai organisation. The example you see here was made just before the takeover and is very much a modern instrument made in the traditional manner. It has a powerful sound with a positive touch and comes in a satin walnut case. Please note this instrument is now sold
Knight K20 P.O.A
The more observant among you will have noticed that some of these photographs are indeed not the Knight K20. However piano styles are so interchangeable that we don't feel compelled to offer prizes. The Knight K20 was a slightly smaller version of the all conquering K10 but still retained the full eighty eight note keyboard. There are other differences between the two models but they have no material bearing on quality or sound. This instrument has a full tone with a positive touch. Please call for further information.
Gors and Kallmann £820
A top drawer German manufacturer from the time of the Kaiser. Built along the same lines as the battleships that fought at Jutland this instrument can be considered a survivor. Modern central heating has been unkind to traditional British pianos and many have fallen by the wayside. However plenty of these Tuetonic instruments have made it through, and although can’t compete with modern offerings in boring areas like tone, touch and response certainly have the edge when it comes to looks. This example even has what look to be original candle holders in the Art Nouveau style.
The name Danemann is more commonly encountered on instruments made for studio and schools use. These well engineered and robust pianos survive in large numbers - a testament to their inherent strength. Less numerous are these chaps intended for domestic use. Always well made and in slightly less industrial casework than their educational cousins these pianos have a well rounded “European” tone and this example has a pleasant and positive touch. This type of instrument is an inexpensive alternative to the legions of badge engineered pianos that come from the “Mysterious East” from unknown factories. A British built piano from a family firm. Please call for details.
A well made piano from the highly regarded Pearl River factory. Those cunning Chinese know that Europeans like nothing better than a good old fashioned German name and have obliged once again with “Waldstein”. This model also appears wearing the Steinbach tag and luckily we have one of each in stock. Both have very similar characteristics but the Waldstein has a brighter tone. These pianos were good value when they were new and are now even better value second hand. Please call for more information
An excellent modern piano in a gloss mahogany case. The life of a great many of these “nearly new” instruments seems to follow the same pattern - eighteen months of enthusiastic learning and then perhaps ten years of being forgotten about buried under family photos and karate trophies. The result is an instrument in fine condition that has had very little use. This example plays very nicely and has a balanced tone. Please call for further details
Weyal looky heyar yall - yes indeed a console style instrument from the former colonies. American folk are very fond of this type and we have to admit to a sneaking regard for what is a refreshing alternative to the standard rake front compact so common in Europe. This example has a nice light action and a surprisingly good tone. Also we are pleased to report there was no Russian interference during the manufacturing process. Please call for more details
Wilson Peck £1250
A well made piano from the Pearl River factory and supplied by the well known and highly regarded Wilson Peck. This example is in a more traditional style than most of the offerings from this manufacturer, having an open grained mahogany case and fluted legs. This piano comes with three pedals and has a positive touch and a full and rounded tone. Please call for more information.
A superbly well made instrument from the era before The Great War. This example has enjoyed major renovation in the recent past and has a reassuringly warm tone with a responsive touch. The rosewood veneered case is in good “careworn” condition and there is boxwood stringing to the front panels. Bechsteins from this period lend an air of aristocratic confidence to any room so invite a few friends around , uncork an 84 Chateau La Tour and pretend you are Jacob Rees Mogg. Please call for more details
This handsome and well built piano has the U1 designation. These instruments are the standard “go to” for professionals and teachers alike. You could spend vastly more money on offerings of similar size from Mr Bechstein or Bosendorfer, but my advice would be to use the difference in price to buy a new family car or indeed a crumbling chateau in France. This instrument has a strong well balanced tone and a responsive touch.
NB This piano is in mahogany and therefore less desirable than those examples supplied in gloss black and so, less expensive. We at Pianoman are not buffeted around on the fickle winds of fashion but have to recognise commercial realities. Please call for more details.
Now what have we here? Well it’s a Kawai but not as we usually find them. This example, from one of Japans finest manufacturers is in a case designed for an educational environment we suspect. It has a super sound with a positive touch and is in very good condition. If you are not at all “wrong footed” by brave and vibrant industrial design and you are planning perhaps , to teach piano from home then this could be just the thing. It will give years of solid service. Please call for a test drive.
This fine looking small grand piano was made in South Korea and is the type of thing that has made life just that little bit more difficult for folk like Yamaha and Kawai. These worthy manufacturers have had to take stock and adjust their product ranges accordingly. No wonder, as these Korean pianos are well made, superbly finished and very keenly priced. This example has a strong and bright tone and plays very well. Please call for further details.
A very well made grand piano from this well respected manufacturer. Sporting the very popular black high gloss coachwork and measuring 5’ 7” from front to back, this instrument not only looks splendid but sounds powerful too. This piano will be ready soon. Please call for further details.
A well made modern compact from a family firm more readily associated with magnificently robust schools and studio instruments. These domestic examples are less frequently encountered but equally well engineered. If you are an improving player, keen to progress but reluctant to spend an inordinate amount on a new offering, then this little chap could be just the thing. This example has a positive touch and a very balanced tone. Please call in and have a try.
A rather nice looking and conveniently sized offering from this British manufacturer. Measuring an economic 52” from side to side whilst still boasting a seven octave compass, there won’t be many spaces this obliging piano will refuse. This example has a light touch and a strong sound. Please note that this piano can be had as an inexpensive rental.
Yamaha - ready soon
As with all genuine Japanese made compact Yamaha instruments this is a superbly crafted piano with a responsive touch and a nicely balanced tone. For the fashion conscious it also comes in a case that fully conforms to the style movement that is “Mid 20th Century Design”. If however you are not perhaps as cutting edge as some of your London relatives, then take consolation - this is a fine piano that will still be giving good service long after the current trend has dissipated. Please call for details.
A fine piano from a very highly regarded British manufacturer in a painted case. This fashionable instrument has a bright and cheerful tone with a light responsive touch. If you are looking for something a little less conventional then this instrument could be the very thing. Please call for details.
We found these three skulking at the back of the bicycle sheds and frog marched them into the headmasters office. After a thorough service and tuning they are now ready and are offered at an attractively low price. They are all overstrung and under damped, tuned to concert pitch and all have cases that are in good condition. Prices from £490. Please call for further details.
Yamaha Clavinova P.O.A.
You might think that this item would be most unwelcome in these parts - most folk assumed that the arrival of the digital piano would signal the death knell of the conventional acoustic instrument. However the two disciplines have come to terms and some adventurous families have a traditional piano in the lounge with a digital offering on an upper floor - oh the opulence. If you too are so inclined then please come in and have a play. Please note that this is a second hand Clavinova in good working order.
This unassuming little piano is from Finland where this manufacturer carved out a good reputation in the 80s and 90s eventually succumbing to competition from the Orient. Always well made, these instruments are reliable and have a strong tone. This example is attractively priced too.
Rogers of London £1250
Along with Broadwood, Rogers were one of the best known British manufacturers. Their instruments were handsome and well made. This example typifies the breed - confident styling with a strong tone. Please call for further details.