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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 improvemen...

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 o...

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 reconditionin...

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 spe...

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 k...

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 forefron...

The Kemble Piano Company was established in 1911 by Michael Kemble in Stoke Newington, North London - the centre of the UK's piano manufacturing activity at that time.
In North West London alone there were reputedly 100 small scale factories and workshops.

Mic...

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