Width: 142 cm
Depth: 60 cm
Height: 115.5 cm
Serial Number: 103951
Monthly hire price: £50 p/m
Danemann - PJ
W. Danemann & Company was established in 1893 by William Danemann. The company was based in Islington, London, and despite producing pianos in relatively small quantities, Danemann was one of Britain's best-known piano brands with a strong reputation for superb build quality and a fine touch and tone. Instead of supplying the mass market, Danemann concentrated its efforts on constructing pianos of high quality and undoubtedly produced some of the country's finest instruments at their London-based factory.
The company's reputation earned Danemann several lucrative contracts with retailers such as Harrods of Knightsbridge, numerous companies within the leisure industry, such as P&O Cruises, and concerts such as the Royal Festival Hall. Danemann also supplied instruments to British embassies across the globe, with enhancements made so that the instruments could cope with the harsh climates.
Owing to the company's willingness to build pianos to rigid and meticulous specifications, Danemann became the instrument of choice for many of the UK's educational authorities. For a time, the school pianos Danemann produced accounted for approximately 80% of the company's overall production. Danemann supplied schools and institutions (including the Royal College of Music in Kensington and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester) across the country with their school models; hundreds of which are still in use today. Those seemingly indestructible, solid oak school pianos are probably what Danemann is best known for; but they don't represent the best of Danemann. Their domestic pianos are favored for their sweet, warm, and full-bodied tone, more appropriate for the intimate audience of the family home, rather than a school hall.
Behind the distinctive tone and sustaining power that Danemann is revered for is a scale design that evolved within Danemann and was incorporated into their full range of pianos. Danemann introduced an interesting feature, not found in any other British-made piano, into its instruments during the 1930s, known as a 'back bridge'. The back bridge is a counter bridge on the back of the soundboard that mirrors the pinned bridge (over which the strings pass over) on the front of the soundboard. The back bridge not only enhances the tonal colour and consistency across all registers of the instrument but adds strength to the soundboard against the down-bearing pressure of the strings.
Unable to compete with the retail prices of pianos made in the Far East and with diminishing school budgets, Danemann was forced to close their factory in 1984. The company was sold to a firm that continued to produce Danemann pianos in Wales up until 1994. In 2015, the rights to the Danemann name were sold and Danemann pianos have been manufactured overseas (China) since 2017. Those pianos, despite sharing the same logo as the pianos manufactured in Britain, contain no designs or influence from the original Danemann company.
We would like to stress that our Danemann pianos are indeed British-made instruments that have been carefully reconditioned in our workshop, in a process sympathetic to the original makers.
Sykes & Sons really trust the excellent build quality of British-made Danemann pianos and that is why we always aim to have them in stock.
This Danemann was one of the last to be built in Britain and has been owned by the same family since it was purchased directly from Danemann in 1983. Housed in a mahogany (gloss) case, this Danemann offers the responsive touch and quality of tone that these pianos were favored for over many years.
Like all of our pianos, this Danemann has been reconditioned in our workshop, has received a full technical service, and comes with the full backing of the Sykes & Sons guarantee.