Charles Begg pianos

Ask questions on piano history and the age of your piano.

Moderators: Feg, Gill the Piano, Bill Kibby

Post Reply
vernon
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 1407
Joined: 12 Mar 2008, 10:29
Location: N.E.Scotland
Contact:

Charles Begg pianos

Post by vernon » 05 Jan 2009, 22:11

Bill
There is a correspondent from NZ in the local Aberdeen paper writing a book about the above pianos.
Apparently he was a "piano maker and tuner in Aberdeen" till he went to NZ in 1861 and the firm continued till 1970.
She is his g-g-granddaughter
Nobody's heard of him up here in the Aberdeen Riviera. Any ideas?

vernon

User avatar
Bill Kibby
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 5282
Joined: 04 Jun 2003, 19:25
Location: East Anglia UK
Contact:

Begg

Post by Bill Kibby » 06 Jan 2009, 00:16

I have heard from the lady. He certainly existed Vernon, check out the 1860 Aberdeen directory. He was established in 1849, emigrated in 1861, and is one of the claims to the first piano in New Zealand, but a bit late! He wasn't around Aberdeen long enough to be famous.
Last edited by Bill Kibby on 06 Jan 2009, 00:18, edited 1 time in total.
Piano History Centre
http://pianohistory.info
Email bill@pianohistory.info
If you find old references or links on this site to pianogen.org, alter these to pianohistory.info

ChristopherT
Junior Poster
Junior Poster
Posts: 13
Joined: 01 Jan 2017, 13:12
Location: New Zealand

Re: Charles Begg pianos

Post by ChristopherT » 05 Jan 2017, 11:21

I think the claim is to have made the first piano in New Zealand (1864).

User avatar
Bill Kibby
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 5282
Joined: 04 Jun 2003, 19:25
Location: East Anglia UK
Contact:

Re: Charles Begg pianos

Post by Bill Kibby » 05 Jan 2017, 23:45

A William Rolfe square piano thought to have been made around 1820 is a much earlier claim to be the first piano in New Zealand,
Piano History Centre
http://pianohistory.info
Email bill@pianohistory.info
If you find old references or links on this site to pianogen.org, alter these to pianohistory.info

ChristopherT
Junior Poster
Junior Poster
Posts: 13
Joined: 01 Jan 2017, 13:12
Location: New Zealand

Re: Charles Begg pianos

Post by ChristopherT » 06 Jan 2017, 09:26

Oops, I did not phrase that too well. Charles Begg has the claim to have made the first piano in New Zealand in Dunedin in 1864.

User avatar
Bill Kibby
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 5282
Joined: 04 Jun 2003, 19:25
Location: East Anglia UK
Contact:

Re: Charles Begg pianos

Post by Bill Kibby » 06 Jan 2017, 13:10

I think the difference is that Begg made the piano in NZ, Rolfe"s was the first to arrive in NZ.
Piano History Centre
http://pianohistory.info
Email bill@pianohistory.info
If you find old references or links on this site to pianogen.org, alter these to pianohistory.info

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], Google [Bot] and 9 guests