Kessels, Tilburg Holland

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headon
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Kessels, Tilburg Holland

Post by headon » 19 Jun 2007, 14:30

We are currently living in Australia and have just purchased a second hand piano.

I have read your input regarding someone elses Kessels and was hoping you could tell us a little about the history of ours!

On the top underside of the lid is has KESSELS inscribed and;
Inside above the strings it has a plaque on the top write hand corner which has 'Royal Dutch Piano works Tilburg Holland " embossed into it.

There was obviously another plaque on the left hand side which probably had the date ? shape of a royal crown? but has sadly been removed!

Looking forward to any feed back you may have!
Belinda

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Re: kessels

Post by Yvette1968 » 12 Feb 2009, 09:05

I have been reading for a while on this forum now, searching for more info on my Kessels piano. I live in Holland and got my self a M.J.H. Kessels piano a few weeks ago. I found the following link I would like to share with you it is in english:

http://www.muziekinstrumentenmuseum.nl/ ... t=22&mit=1

I have heard that Kessels is a German piano, but the Kessels I have got was made in Tilburg, Holland by M.J.H. Kessels. It was the bigest music instrument factory of europe at the time. M.J.H. Kessels also uso to write music. Most of the pianos they made were exported to the UK.
In Tilburg there is a museum showing al the instruments that were made by Kessels.

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Yvette

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Post by Bill Kibby » 12 Feb 2009, 09:41

There seem to have been three separate piano firms named Kessels, based in London, Germany and Holland.
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Re: kessels

Post by John Smit » 09 Nov 2015, 21:42

I can hardly believe that there were three firms, at least not three factories. Kessels built his instruments only in the Netherlands as far as I know. He was the biggest employer in Tilburg, with a couple of hundreds of employees. Kessels exported his pianos all over the world, but mainly to the United Kingdom.
Unfortunately his importer was a very bad payer, and it almost bankrupted Kessels around 1914. So there still must be a lot of instruments in your country.
Besides a composer and conducter Kessels was a huge publisher of mainly band music. All instruments were produced in his factory, from wind, brass to strings.

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Post by vernon » 10 Nov 2015, 21:39

Never ever come across one in70 years
Our mission in life is to tune customers--not pianos.

Any fool can make a piano-- it needs a tuner to put the music in it

www.lochnesspianos.co.uk

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