I played the organ for years as a child/teenager. After a 'few' years away I have decided to try to learn the piano.
I have acquired a Tudor and king upright piano. I can find very little on the internet and wondered if anyone knew anything about his piano/brand.
Thank you so much.
- Colin Nicholson
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Unless Bill has some info, this may be a 'stencil' piano.... a name just made up.
(Quote from part of a web page) >>>
"Stencil Pianos" are instruments built by large factories and labeled with a manufacturer's name not related to the factory. It is less of a problem now than it was in the past. Most of what were referred to as Stencils before were defunct manufacturers whose names had been taken over (bought) by inferior quality manufacturers for the express purpose of selling instruments based on the legacy rather than the quality. " [end of quote]
In some cases, pianos that may have a 'Royal' name to them, are not royal at all. Names on the side of pianos were sometimes bought by royalty, but not honoured or by patent (eg 'By Royal Appointment')
Depending on the type & design of the lettering on your piano.... eg brass name plate/ decal/ wooden plate.... many pianos just had names added. If you could send us a clear photo of the name, and a separate photo of the whole piano with the lid OPEN, (not too far away).... there may be more clues. Also google "Stencil Pianos" to get more info about certain "blank canvas" pianos. Don't forget, anyone can stick a label on a piano, and call it that name. Genuine maker names are often brass inlaid, and the name is repeated inside the piano - as decal/ transfer form or raised iron lettering on the cast frame. Some plastic labelling is genuine, but a lot of old pianos are sometimes re-polished, so the name is stripped off.... and given a new name.
Do you have any idea where it came from? And where in the world is it now? Have a look at