Can anyone give any information (however brief) on Leukfeld and Holmyard as I am trying to date this instrument?
Also I am interested in the different woods, leathers, felts etc. used in this type of piano - for example what wood was used for the keyshafts, hammers and underhammers? Can anyone recommend any reference books?
I have recently come across the reference to the Holmyard Pianoforte. I am currently doing some research in this area, as he is a relative. If you have any picture that would be fantastic. Having looked at the local map it appears New Street, no longer exists, although Elverton Street appears to track the same direction. I am due a visit there is a couple of weeks.
Anyway hope you can help.
Currently his Great, Great, Great, Great Grand daughter is learning the piano. may be a Guinness world record if she was to actually play one of his pianofortes.
Sadly, the London directories from 1786 onwards do not mention T.Holmyard, Foreman and successor to the late Mr Leukfeld, 7 Grefse-ftreet, but a Thomas Holmyard began to appear in 1841, and James Holmyard was listed as a tuner by 1850.
Good luck with your trip, please let us know if you find any fragments of piano history.
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