Gardner Piano Specialists

Gardner Piano Specialists
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May we offer some advice that may be useful when buying your first, second or twenty second piano?

Why are you buying a piano?

This is important; there are many different reasons for making this investment.  Ask yourself who will be playing the piano?  How accomplished the pianist or pianists are? How often will the piano be played?  Will my children or I be learning?  Pianos are as individual as people, each is suited to different people, some are suited to the young or mature beginner, the fun player or the professional pianist.  Tell us what you want from your piano and we will certainly do our utmost to find just the right piano for you, if you do not know what you want, we will do our best to help you find out.

What will the piano sound like?

Acoustic pianos have an individual character, tone and touch.  They are made by highly skilled craftsmen from natural materials.  Each instrument is made from over 5,000 parts.  They are reliable and, if looked after, will last a lifetime.  Pianos will enable you to gain the maximum ’expression’.  Pianos are unique and you need to ensure that the piano you try is the piano you buy.  Do not think it is all right to have a piano delivered direct from the warehouse - it is not!  It is important to try and approve any piano before it is delivered. 

What will the piano look like?

The appearance of the piano is also important, you will have it a long time and you need to be happy with its look.  Your piano will soon become a major feature within your home.  We all know that pianos can be either uprights or grand, but they come

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Did You Know Piano Facts

The firm of Kirkman piano makers was founded in 1730, according to the Pierce Piano Atlas. However, Kirkman inherited the business from Tabel's wife, whom he married one month after Tabel's death. Tabel was a harpsichord maker who trained with Ruckers. He came to London in 1680 and set up making harpsichords. Abraham Kirkman, who was born in 1710 inBischweiler near Strasbourg, came to work for Tabel. In 1742 hemoved to Great Pulteney Street. These are some later dates and locations for him:
(1817) (Grand Pianoforte Maker to Her Majesty and H.R.H. The PrinceRegent)
(1818-1832) (Grand Pianoforte Maker to His Majesty) 19 Broad Street,Golden Square
(1822-1896) Kirkman, Joseph (Junior) 67 Frith Street, Soho
(1831) 3 Soho Square
(1846) 9 Dean Street
(1848) DuLour's Place, Golden Square
(1864) 21 Broad Street, Golden Square
(1894) 12A George Street, Hanover Square
They had associates with Collard who were based at 50 Bond Street,London, the same as Chappell. There is a fine example of a Kirkmanharpsichord at the Colt Clavier private collection. In 1896Georgiana Kirkman sold the business to Collard's at cost.