B.Squire Hansons - Kemble

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B.Squire Hansons - Kemble

Post by Rachael85 » 06 May 2019, 19:54

Hi all, can anyone tell me anything about the history of a piano we have? I'm also keen to know if it's a reasonable piano or not, as my husband and son are starting to learn, and I'm hoping to continue from grade 6 where I left off many years ago.

It's a B.Squire, with Hansons on the right of the piano. The serial number is K69640. So I'm thinking Kemble? It's a smaller 85 key piano.

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Re: B.Squire Hansons - Kemble

Post by chrisw » 07 May 2019, 07:53

IF 69640 is a Kemble serial number it suggests the date of manufacture is 1939.

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Re: B.Squire Hansons - Kemble

Post by Bill Kibby » 07 May 2019, 09:20

The number preceded by K is almost certainly a 1939 Kemble number, and in modern times, Squire pianos were made by Kemble. I presume the number is on the soundboard, inside the piano, near to the left (bass) side.

Hansons would have been the retailers. Albert Hanson was in Huddersfield, Alfred Hanson was in Coventry.
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Re: B.Squire Hansons - Kemble

Post by Rachael85 » 07 May 2019, 13:26

Thank you everyone. I know Kemble is a good upright piano, but the reviews are seen so far are referring to more modern Kembles. I'm hoping our 1939 piano will still be a great little upright. Having it tuned on Thursday so will find out then I suppose!

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Post by Bill Kibby » 08 May 2019, 12:38

Based on the fact that pianos have been around since about 1700, I have described 1939 as "modern"!

Kembles have been around since 1911. 1929 may be the year when B Squire & Son became a Limited company, but soon after, they had a factory fire. Kemble may have taken over making them at this point, certainly by 1931.
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