W. Danemann & Company (est 1893) were a significant British manufacturer of high quality pianos, based in Islington, London. William Danemann trained with John Brinsmead of London, prior to setting up his business. Danemann concentrated their efforts into making instruments of very high quality rather than supplying to the mass market, which earned them a well deserved reputation for producing high quality pianos; renowned for their fine tone and touch. The excellent build qu
Many changes have been made to the piano since is was first conceptualised around the year 1700, by the Italian inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori. The original pianoforte is a far-cry from the modern examples that we see today, which is the result of continuous improvements with influences from various leading manufacturers across the globe. The changes which have been made over the years include the introduction of a cast iron frame to support the tensile stress of stronger str
There are two main types of damper arrangements for upright pianos. Here we will explore the differences between the two, including the reasons why one is preferred over the other. Over-Damped The first variety we will look at is the "over-damped" arrangement.
The most obvious characteristic of an over-damped piano action (sometimes referred to as a "bird cage action") is that the dampers sit above the hammers. Under-Damped The second variety is the "under-damped" arrangement
A 'capstan' is an adjustable screw which is attached to the back of each key. The capstan is the first point of contact from the key to the pianos action, thus putting everything else into motion. Polishing or lubricating capstans is a standard part of our reconditioning process; a very important but often neglected task. There are a few variations of capstans. Some are made from brass, others wood and plastic.
It depends on the piano and which manufacturer made it. Most cap
Recently a few of our customers have asked us why we replace the pedal box felt, as a standard part of our reconditioning process, on all of our pianos before we offer them for sale. The purpose of the felt within the pedal boxes is to provide a silent operation from the pedals when they are being used. Without the felt, the pedal would 'knock' on the top and the bottom of the pedal box when the pedal is depressed and released. The original felt, over time, gets compressed wh
John Broadwood & Sons was established in 1728, making it one of the oldest surviving piano manufacturers in the world. The company has a long history which has been central to the development of the modern day piano as we know it. John Broadwood was born in 1732 and spent his childhood in Oldhamstocks, East Lothian, where he inherited his father's profession as a carpenter/joiner. As a young man Broadwood walked the distance of almost 400 miles from Oldhamstocks to London whe
Key-bushings are made from bearing cloth and sit within the mortises of the wooden keys, between the wood and the pins on the key frame; which serve to keep the keys on track. Without key bushings the keys would clatter against these pins. Over time the key-bushings wear down with use, harden with age and sometimes fall out altogether. This causes the keys to wobble and rattle, giving a piano that distinctive 'old feel'. For piano keys to perform correctly (and silently) thes
John Broadwood is one of the oldest piano manufacturers in the world. In fact the company, founded in 1728, began making harpsichords before the inception of the piano.
I think one of the largest contributing reasons that John Broadwood & Sons have been at the forefront of British piano manufacturing for so long is because of their illustrious nature and forward thinking. One thing John Broadwood did think prudently about is the possibility of a woodworm infestation within p