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BEADLE & LANGBEIN, London
1892 Beadle & Langbein.
1914 Music Trades Directory mentions the name Beadle & Langbein across the bottom of many pages, with a variety of different slogans.
1920 Beadle & Langbein piano #19,328 owned by Mr Baker, whose mother said she saw it being made at Camden Town.
Circa 1925? Beadle & Langbein piano.
I have just recently purchased a Beadle & Langbein. It was in regular use and is and will be from now on.
Besides its beautiful looks, it has a very beautiful deep and full sound. I can post pictures of it if you like, or take a look here and download them:
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie ... TQ:DE:1123
Playing it is really enjoyable.
More infos upon request
from Germany/Darmstadt region
We have just bought a Beadle & Langbein upright piano and would loveto know more about it.
It has a gold Beadle & Langbein London sign painted on the inside lid, with another gold painted sign just above the keys saying F. Hepworth Huddersfield, which I am guessing is the retailer, as we live in West Yorkshire.
there is a number stamped on he top - 19830.
It is in full working arder, if cosmetically a little worn and obviously pre-loved, but finding out as a Crouch End boy that the factory was in Finsbury Park is amazing. Would love to know more about it's age or history, or more about the factory.
Beadle & Langbein were mainly wholesalers, many of their pianos were sold with fictitious names by retailers. Their address was 5 Royal Park Buildings, Arlington Road, Camden Town NW.
Hepworth Brother appear in our lists after 1894, and were also in Paisley by 1911, but no connection is known with the Huddersfield firm, who do not appear that early.
i will post pictures as soon as i figure out how :)
any help you can give would be great.
Expecting to see a stamped number there is only the number 816 written in pencil on a wooden strut running across the back, can you advise where else i should be looking to find more info.
My Beadle and Langbein has just arrived (yesterday) after being cared for by a friend for about 10 years. It was given to me by my parents (before I had anywhere to actually put it) and was given to them by my great grandfather as a wedding present over 30 years ago. Until reading the posts here, we had no idea of its origins or age.
Having visited www.pianogen.org, I have learned that it is overstrung. It is also very similar to the previously posted photograph (posted on 21/6/12 at 11:58) - I will have to take a photo and put it up. I'll also look for the serial number since it is of interest to Bill Kibby.
It still plays reasonably well - though is now in need of a tune (booked in for a couple of weeks time when the instrument has settled down a bit).
I'm so pleased to have found this forum because, until now, nobody was able to tell me anything about the manufacturer or history of it!
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Bill Kibby wrote:Details of antique pianos are always interesting to me, but I have very little to add about the company yet.
We have a Beadle & Langbein piano number 1672 allegedly made by my maternal grandfather Mr J C Ulrich & has been in the family ever since. He also made pianos in his own name & lived in Wandsworth London. I would be interesting to have a date of manufacture & any other information. Chris, North Yorkshire
I am sorry to say that you know more than I do about J.C.Ulrich. I will check when I am back in the office, but I don't recall seeing the name in Wandsworth. Do you have an idea when he was operating?
We could tell you more about the individual piano if you could post some photos here, or email them to me to post.
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This is just a suggestion....
with the huge number of enquiries asking about piano history & information with no photos, incorrect or alleged/ guessed serial numbers, wording just copied from a piano lid or label, "can you tell me anything about this piano?" etc.... would it make sense to add to the header above (or a separate notice bulletin) to say that a photo of the piano MUST be submitted to support any kind of information given? .... It may also save your sanity! ...... surely anyone asking for information based on just a number or wording from a label only would only get.... "if you could send a photo, it might help" .... and of course, any correct serial number submitted would be backed up (with some confidence) knowing what the piano looked like. I myself would be ruthless to say, no photo, no info! ??
Obviously, a "photo" meaning a full clearly focussed colour image of the piano, no piano stool, fallboard lid open and no clutter and everything removed from the top and around the piano.
Just an idea
This particular enquiry ends up being purely a request for valuation.