Piano Information

We check our pianos thoroughly for sound frames, bridges, sound board, tuning pins, keyboard and action parts. This is to make sure they are suitable for resale. Antique piano. 

Also, we regulate the action and the voice of the hammers.


Examples of Models we Sell

We sell traditional and modern upright pianos. Our pianos are overstrung and underdamped and include many well known makes e.g. Challen, Broadwood, Chappell and Steck. Rodgers, Knight, Danemann, Bechstein, Young Chang and Ronisch are other examples.  Antique piano. 

We also find many pianos with names less well known to the general public that can be superb e.g. Hopkinson, Brasted, Marshall & Rose and Brinsmead. Collard & Collard, Monington & Weston, Cramer, Seiler and Rittmuller are other examples.


Demo of the Overstrung Underdamped Action



Contemporary upright pianos are all overstrung and underdamped.

With Overstrung Pianos the bass strings cross diagonally in front of the mid and treble strings.

Overstringing was introduced in the 1850s. The process means that the longer bass strings provide richer sounding, truer bass notes. The construction of the piano is also more sturdy. The bridge, which transmits the string vibrations to the soundboard, does its job much more effectively as it is further from the edge of the soundboard.  Antique piano. 



The dampers prevent the strings from vibrating when notes are not being played. Earlier pianos were often overdamped where the dampers were situated above the hammers. These were much less effective than underdamped models as they operate further from the end of the strings and hence cut the sound off more cleanly. The linkage that lifts the dampers gives the action a different feel, so underdamping is always preferable.  Antique piano.