Longman & Broderip Square Piano

Description (Brief)
This square piano was made in London, England around 1786. Longman & Broderip was a series of companies began about 1767 by James Longman who never manufactured pianos but sold them and later commissioned other makers to produce pianos. He was joined by Francis Broderip in 1775. In 1798, financial reverses ended in bankruptcy. The nameboard misspells Broderip’s name and is inscribed “LONGMAN and BROADRIP.” The piano has a compass of FF-f3, English sinle (Zumpe type) action, leather hammers, strings are double-strung throughout, turning pins to the right, 3 hand stops: moderator, bass and treble dampers, and a wood frame in a walnut case.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
piano
date made
1775-1799
commissioner
Longman & Broderip
Place Made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
MI*094870
catalog number
094870
accession number
23866
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Pianos
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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