At The Piano Shop Bath we usually stock a couple of Broadwood upright pianos in our showroom. The models being reviewed here are from the first half of the last century, dating from the 1920’s and 1930’s respectively. These pianos are of considerable age, which is why we often have to completely restore them to bring them up to a playing standard. Both these Broadwood pianos have had their actions completely rebuilt and their casings completely repolished. The finished products are very attractive items, with a traditional design that is not in vogue with todays piano manufacturers. This explains why we frequently get enquiries for such instruments, as many people prefer the look and feel of an instrument from that period.
John Broadwood & Sons are the oldest English piano manufacturers still operating today. They have a long history that has been central to the development of the modern day piano as we know it, with famous owners such as Beethoven and Chopin. The models being reviewed here are from a period when Broadwood was dominating the piano market, producing fine upright pianos for home entertainment. For further information on the history of John Broadwood & Sons, please click here.
The first model dates from the 1920’s and is housed in a satin Rosewood case. The carving around the front panel and on the front legs is particularly elegant, showing a level of craftsmanship that is not always showcased today. The action has been completely rebuilt with new felts on the hammers and dampers. The metalwork has been thoroughly cleaned and gets the piano back to its former glory. This piano has a tall case and so produces quite a resonant sound. The tone is warm and mellow, with the bass notes devoid of that growling characteristic which is often found on modern pianos. With its medium action and warm tone, this is a great instrument for playing away the hours, with Romantic and jazz repertoire sounding very pleasing. This piano is priced at £4,495.
The second model was built in the 1930’s and features a Satin Fiddleback Mahogany case. The finish on the wood is very striking and would suit any home with traditional furnishings. The tone is similar to the previous model, with perhaps a little less resonance. The treble register is quite brilliant and really sings when playing strong right hand melody based music. The action is between a medium and light action, making it a little easier to glide off fast runs. This piano is priced at £3,895.
Both these Broadwood upright pianos are well worth consideration if you are thinking of buying a restored instrument or something with heaps of traditional design and a British warm tone. The best thing is to come down to our showroom and try it for yourself, or get a demonstration from one our knowledgeable staff.