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All the Instruments on these pages have been inspected and/or tuned by myself prior to being listed. Almost without exception the price quoted is equal to or very slightly above the lower end of my valuation range. Consequently, whilst you are free to offer less than the asking price (Buyers deal directly with the Seller) don't be surprised if there is little room for negotiation.
When contacting the seller please be sure to mention either myself (Nigel Morton) or PIANOFINDERSOUTHWALES. Buyers are responsible for their own removal costs.
I am constantly updating the site contents but regretfully cannot be held responsible if it turns out that a listed instrument is no longer 'For Sale'; to this end I would appreciate your feedback. @ firstname.lastname@example.org
BROADWOOD BABY GRAND Serial No: 250060. Manufactured in 1939 this 4' 6" model boasts an 88note roller action with immaculate original ivories. Structurally all is sound , original strings still sounding well and having been regularly maintained the touch is even and responsive. The medium mahogany cabinet is largely quite presentable but unfortunately the satin finish is showing considerable fading where the straight-side has been in sunlight. The low asking price reflects both this and the need for a prompt sale due to imminent downsizing.
LOCATION: Dinas Powis Vale of Glamorgan
CONTACT: 029 20514519
W. H. BARNES Over strung Under damper. This compact Upright dates from the late 50's. It received a partial overhaul about 20 yrs ago and has since benefited from both regular maintenance and little use as a church "second" piano. Having a light touch and a modest but even tone throughout it would make an ideal budget starter instrument. Recently tuned to A 440Hz all is structurally sound and as it should be for an instrument of this age. The 7 octave Schwander action & keys being in much better condition than the rather tatty cabinet ( H: 112cms W: 133cms D: 56cms) might suggest. Having upgraded to a "digital" the church is keen for it to find an appreciative home. Offered with a matching stool (which alone could fetch £50 at auction) the church would welcome a similar sized donation for both piano and stool!
PRICE:No sensible donation refused for a good home !
LOCATION: Penarth. Vale of Glamorgan
CONTACT: 07971 490334 email@example.com
Piano Stool: Light medium Walnut box type piano bench. Immaculate condition , beige draylon upholstery with spacious music box.
LOCATION: Whitchurch Cardiff
CRAMER Upright No: 50590. A quality British made over-strung manufactured in 1918 but since re-polished, re-felted and overhauled some time in the 1960's. Structurally the original tuning pins, strings, and soundboard are all in good order and the 85 note action and keys perform acceptably well, despite the original damper springs beginning to "show their age". An ideal starter piano, having a relatively light touch, with an impressively well preserved mahogany cabinet measuring H: 126cms, W: 154cms D: 65cms. Recently tuned to A.438Hz.
PRICE: Was £200 NOW only £50 as quick sale required.
LOCATION: Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan.
CONTACT: 07969 579409
BROADWOOD GRAND (images coming soon)
A Beautiful Antique 8ft 6" Rosewood Grand Piano now offered free to a good home as it has sadly become unused in its current family home . The owners can provide a copy of the original sales details (£145.00 in 1863) for this instrument which still plays as well as can be expected for one of this period but is in need of tuning as it is currently more than a semitone below A.440Hz.
CONTACT: 07801 334696
CHALLEN 5ft Baby Grand. Serial No: 59367. Manufactured in their London factory in 1937 this superb looking classic, finished in a satin figured walnut with matching art deco stool, boasts a Schwander/Brooks roller action and an 88 note keyboard with a perfect set of ivories. Mechanically all is in above average condition for its age as too are tuning pins and strings , surprisingly tight and bright sounding , holding their pitch @ A 440Hz------- BUT sadly there is a huge split in the soundboard. This structural flaw does NOT seem to be significantly compromising tuning stability , but WILL require the insertion of couple of "plugs" to silence the rattle on a few notes!!
Asking price reflects both the resultant "de-valueing" and the small extra repair costs.
LOCATION: Barry Vale of Glamorgan
CONTACT: 07859 897832
SPENCER Upright. This British made compact over strung was bought new in 1933 by the current owner's parents. It has since been well used and equally well maintained over the passing years. Recently tuned to A.440Hz, i can confirm that strings, pins, soundboard and bridges are all structurally sound and that the action&keys are working well. (though a minor running repair will soon be required to re-center a couple of hammers). The med mahogany cabinet (H: 113cms D: 62cms W: 147cms) is in reasonable condition for its age and appears more than usually "petite" due to the castors having been removed!! Asking price allows for both the cost of castors/repairs AND the need for a quick sale.
LOCATION: Sully, Vale of Glamorgan.
CONTACT: 07977 641626
BLUTHNER Upright No: 59969 . This over-strung , manufactured in 1902 has an over damper action , which, because its a Bluthner and its had new damper felts actually performs as well as (if not better than) an English under damper of this period! The original strings & pins are still good and combine with the recently overhauled action to produce a rich tone with a responsive even touch. Currently @ A.430 Hz it will require a double tuning to restore the pitch and because the cabinet - H:130cms W:154cms D:69cms is by no means immaculate this quality instrument is offered at the reduced - - - - - - - -
LOCATION: Pontcanna Cardiff.
CONTACT: 07946 492818
BENTLEY Upright. No. 111694 Manufactured in 1970 this compact over strung is in excellent condition throughout. The 85 note Richards action with nylon key-bushings being housed in a satin finished medium mahogany cabinet measuring H 100cms W 140cms D 54cms. Just recently tuned to A 440Hz.
LOCATION: Dinas Powis Vale of Glamorgan
CONTACT: 07984 922898
HOPKINSON Upright. A compact 85 note model manufactured in the late 30's by this under-rated British maker and extensively re-felted and overhauled (by myself) over 20 years ago. It is therefore in excellent mechanical condition (having been little played since). Structurally all is good and as it should be - the consistently light touch producing a surprisingly "big" sound. The case-work however is beginning to show its age but is still largely quite presentable and measures; H: 118cms W: 148cms D: 60cms. Tuned very recently a 1/2tone below Concert ( so a double tuning will be needed if A.440 is required)
LOCATION: St Andrews Major, Vale of Glamorgan.
CONTACT: 07816 914333
BERRY Upright No: 28657. This impressive looking over strung dates from the mid to late 20's, but having been extensively reconditioned in the mid 80's, appears to be much younger - an otherwise highly sympathetic cabinet modernisation has left the instrument "nameless". Mechanically all is well and despite having only a 3/4 Iron frame, the piano holds up to pitch extremely well. At 125cms this model would have been the "flagship" for this fairly modest British maker. (other dimensions- D: 63cms W: 150cms). Discerning pianists might detect a couple of "tired" bass strings - if need be these could be replaced for the cost of a tuning.
LOCATION: Penarth Vale of Glamorgan
CONTACT: 02920 707813
CHALLEN Upright No: 61064. This 7 octave manufactured in 1937, dates from the makers best period and apart from having had an action overhaul approximately 30 years ago is otherwise all original. The distinctive casework with its sloping bottom door and rounded shoulders is in reasonable condition for its age but has some crazed veneer on bass cheek as well as a few "scuffs" on the front rail. Structurally all is as it should be , tight tuning pins and a full bodied well-balanced sound across the compass. The action & keys still have an even and surprisingly light touch.
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LOCATION: Penarth. Vale of Glamorgan
CONTACT: 02920 702833 firstname.lastname@example.org
STECK 4' 6" Grand. Serial No: 20254. This 88 note model, manufactured c.1905, boasts a roller action with "new" hammer and damper felts- these were replaced along with a good number of key felts as part of a restoration job (some 25 + years ago) which included re-polishing the mahogany casework. Having lain un-tuned and un-played for several years , i was only able to set the pitch @ A 435 and ensure free movement of the action parts. I would advise potential buyers to allow for an additional 2-3hrs of regulating (dampers & hammers) as well as a further pitch raising.
LOCATION: Cyncoed, Cardiff.
CONTACT 07957 141566
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries you may have regarding the above.