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Markson Pianos Ltd Piano Practice Rooms

8 Chester Court
Albany Street
Camden, London NW1 4BU
England

We are able to offer practice facilities seven days a week in our soundproofed practice studio. While it is often used for teaching, we do have time ...

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Peregrine's Pianos Practice Rooms

137A Grays Inn Road
Bloomsbury, London WC1X 8TU
England

Peregrine's Pianos offers three music rooms to accommodate from one to fifty people. The rooms, all sound insulated and air controlled, are amongst ...

Waka Hasegaw


Crystal Palace, London SE26 6UR
England

Waka is an experienced piano teacher preparing studens for exams, auditions and competitions. She is also a busy performer

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Dr Peter Sander


West Kilburn, London NW67NS
England

Dr Peter Sander Teacher of Jazz Piano, Classical Piano, Keyboard, Composition, Arranging, Theory and Harmony

Piano private teaching beginner to diploma

Acton Town
London
Acton, London W3 9QY
England

I am a high qualified Piano teacher in London and Norwich. It has been 10 years of teaching children and I must say it is so indulging to see my ...

Renaissance Music Piano Centre

81 Myddleton Rd
London
Bounds Green, London N22 8NE
England

Piano specialists offering new, used and reconditioned upright and grand pianos

Renaissance Music Piano Hire

Renaissance Music
81 Myddleton Rd
Bounds Green, London N22 8NE
England

Renaissance piano hire for your event or short-term rental

Christina Barrie


Camden, London
England

Pianist - accompanist. Trained at Adelaide Conservatorium of Music, South Australia. Many years accompanying experience with tertiary music students, ...

Inga Davis-Rutter BA Hons, MMus, LRSM


Woolwich, London SE186XB
England

Want an accompanist for Musical Theatre/light music/song? Experienced accompanist/rehearsal pianist/repetiteur/MD available.

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Did You Know Piano Facts

1350
Towards the middle of the fourteenth century German wire smiths began drawing wire through steel plates, and this method continued until the beginning of the nineteenth century. Iron, gold, silver, brass, gut, horsehair and recently nylon have been used for strings on many different instruments. The earliest use of steel wire occurred in 1735 in Wales, but is not thought to have been used for the stringing of instruments. The Broadwood piano company stated that they were using steel wire in 1815 from Germany and Britain, but this has not been confirmed. According to the Oxford Companion, it was in 1819 that Brockedon began drawing steel wire through holes in diamonds and rubies. Before 1834 wire for instruments was made either from iron or brass, until Webster of Birmingham introduced steel wire. The firm seems to have been called Webster and Horsfall, but later the best wire is said to have come from Nuremberg and later still from Berlin. Wire has been plated in gold, silver, and platinum to stop rusting and plated wire can still be bought, but polished wire is best. In 1862 Broadwood claimed that a Broadwood grand would take a strain of about 17 tons, with the steel strings taking 150 pounds each. There had been many makers, but it was not until 1883 that the now-famous wire-making firm of Roslau began in West Germany. According to Wolfenden, by 1893 one firm claimed their wire had a breaking strain for gauge 13 of 325 pounds. The same maker gives some earlier dates for the breaking strain of gauge 13: 1867 - 226 pounds; 1873 - 232 pounds; 1876 - 265 pounds; and 1884 - 275 pounds. Wolfenden said:"These samples were, of course, specially drawn for competition and commercial wire of this gauge cannot even now be trusted to reach above 260 pounds."