With a bit of research, I've discovered that the Broadwood grand #3448 is pictured on page 87 of the English version of Ernest Closson's The History of the Piano, after finding a reference to it in an article by Kenneth Mobbs, "Stops and other special effects on the early piano." (Early Music, Volume 12, No. 4, November, 1984; footnote #6, page 476.)
Saturday, April 2, 2011
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Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
It was customary for the Broadwood firm to mark the maker's number on the belly rail, wrestplank, stand, and music desk. Pictured below is the maker's number, 3448, inscribed in pencil on the lower belly rail, stamped on the top of the front section of the stand, and in ink on the bass section of the wrest plank. (Click on images to enlarge.)
The desk for this instrument, however, is stamped with the maker's number 1622.
Unfortunately, instrument number 1622, built in 1799, does not appear to have survived.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Before there were Home Depot, Ace or True Value Hardware stores, builders and craftsmen relied upon their local blacksmith for their supply of hand made nails, such as the ones pictured here.