Longman & Broderip Square Piano

Longman & Broderip Square Piano

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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.
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Longman & Broderip
Place Made
United Kingdom: England, London
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Might this be from one of L&B's suppliers after their bankruptcy, or an unauthorized copy with fake inscription?

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