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Waddington & Sons Bremar Desk Piano

Postby properdees » 13 Oct 2005, 08:41

I just bought this piano. Waddington & Sons (Bremar Desk Piano). Someone told me they didn't make too many of these. I bought it from a piano tuner that had it for years in his back room. I believe it was made in the late 30s and early 40s but can't tell the exact year. Can anyone tell me where I can read about the history of this piano or of Waddington and Sons pianos?
Thanks,
Bob
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Re: Waddington & Sons Bremar Desk Piano

Postby pianoman1984 » 10 Nov 2005, 12:06

properdees wrote:I just bought this piano. Waddington & Sons (Bremar Desk Piano). Someone told me they didn't make too many of these. I bought it from a piano tuner that had it for years in his back room. I believe it was made in the late 30s and early 40s but can't tell the exact year. Can anyone tell me where I can read about the history of this piano or of Waddington and Sons pianos?
Thanks,
Bob


I have a Bremar Waddington player piano, that franky said I don't know anything about. I only once saw on a dutch trade site (like ebay) a waddington bremar piano (without a player mechanisme).
I was hoping maybe you have some info about waddington by now that you would like to share with me.
If you have any questions regarding the piano I have feel free to ask, but as said I don't know much about it's history.

for pictures view my website: http://members.home.nl/japberkers/Waddington

Thanks, Niels
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Postby properdees » 10 Nov 2005, 16:13

I have done some research but there is not a lot on Bremar / Waddington and Sons pianos. Founded in the first half of the 19th century is about all I have found so far. I found a piano exactly like mine for sale and the claim by the seller is that it is one of six made by this company. No information on Pianolas by this company though. If you find more information yourself please let me know.
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Bremar

Postby Bill Kibby » 10 Nov 2005, 19:06

Bremar is a name used on a variety of Waddington pianos, mostly uprights, some player-pianos. The idea of setting up a production line for 6 pianos is preposterous, it's a typical ploy to make them sound rare, and even if Waddingtons did make only six, no-one is likely to have any way of knowing that, it's a "sales line". Desk-shaped pianos are not that rare, but unusual. I can compile a report based on photos, and add some brief notes on the history of Waddingtons, but I have no knowledge of the model. See
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