Broadwood was established in 1728 in London, England.
John Broadwood worked in the shop of James Shudi. John married Shudi's daughter and the name was changed to Shudi & Broadwood. In 1795 John's son, James, entered the business and the name was changed to Broadwood & Son. In 1808 the name was changed to John Broadwood & Sons. They made many types of pianos including Square Grands, Cabinet Pianos, Cottages Pianos, and Grand Pianos. The last square grand was made in 1866 and the last Cabinet was made in 1854.
John Broadwood and Sons still owned the company but later instruments were made under license by Whelpdale, Maxwell, & Codd Ltd.
Whelpdale, Maxwell & Codd, Ltd. entered into receivership and the company was liquidated in April of 2003.
|This piano is typical of the small vertical pianos crafted by Broadwood between 1870 and 1880.
The piano uses a straight strung non-duplex harp for the strings and bridges. This produces a unique and delicate sound.
The action has a very light touch and uses dampers that are over the hammers instead of today's below hammer dampers. This type of damper system is efficient and contributes to the light touch associated with these type of instruments.
The case is a figured Rosewood and displays that exquisite brown/black/red/yellow patina.
A Pianomation unit was installed in this instrument. The challenge to this application was not to affect the originality of the instrument. In order to accomplish this all electronic components were located between the structural timbers on the rear side of the instrument. A dual wireless system was used to receive both midi and audio sequences from a remote pair of transmitters located at the CD player itself.