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A-B Piano Gallery

This is a section of the Eshelby Pianos’ Piano Gallery which is intended to serve as a reference to provide insight about the huge variety and brands of pianos on the market, hopefully creating a useful resource for anyone interested in learning more about pianos. As time allows, we will be adding more details about piano manufacturers and interesting pianos that we have worked with.
These are pianos Eshelby Pianos owns or has owned since 2015. Most of these pianos are not currently available for hire or sale as they are hired out, have been sold, are awaiting restoration or are being kept as museum or personal items.
Currently available pianos are listed on our Pianos Available for Hire and Sale pages.

Adolf Lehmann Upright Piano (631)

Serial number: 2133. The dimensions of this piano are a height of 129 cm, a width of 146 cm and a de…

Ajello Upright Piano (404)

This is an English piano. Eshelby Pianos re-polished this piano to a modern finish (October 2014) ma…

Albert Fahr Upright Piano (332)

The piano was manufactured in Zeitz, Germany. It is a rather tall piano, certainly with masculine ov…

Alexander Herrmann Upright Piano (427)

This piano was manufactured in Germany. This piano has an oak casing subtly highlighted with the Gri…

Allison Grand Piano (955)

We will be adding details as time allows – this is one of those pianos that we have purchased …

Allison Upright Piano (220)

Serial number: 48709. This piano was manufactured in London in the 1924.It is a taller, good quality…

Allison Upright Piano (222)

Serial number: 58094. This piano was manufactured in England in 1954. Its mahogany casing has a hand…

Allison Upright Piano (284)

Serial number 19496 (on key); 36 (on frame). This piano was manufactured in London in around 1960, h…

Allison Upright Piano (407)

This piano was manufactured in London. It is a lovely, small piano with interesting legs. Due to wea…

Allison Upright Piano (602)

This piano was manufactured in London. Allison pianos are sturdy pianos and have a great reputation.…

Arion Upright Piano (265)

Serial number: 15095. Manufactured in 1897, this piano is a remarkable period piece embellished with…

Arthur Allison Upright Piano (615)

Built in the 1920’s. Termed amongst others, “Dracula’s Piano”, this is one o…

August Dassel Upright Piano (418)

This piano was manufactured in Berlin, Germany in around the 1920’s. The white finish was already re…

August Forster Grand Piano (906)

Serial number 83 027. This Model 150 August Forster Grand was built in the 1950s by the well-known a…

August Forster Upright Piano (679)

Serial number 13209. This is something special! It is an exquisite example of an early 20th Century …

August Forster Upright Piano (731)

Serial number: 140088. This piano was built in Löbau, Germany, in 1971. It was purchased new in Pret…

B. Squire Upright Piano (120)

Serial number: 66829. This piano was manufactured in the 1950’s by the Kemble factory in Londo…

B. Squire Upright Piano (436)

Serial number 78950. B. Squire pianos were manufactured in London, England. Eshelby Pianos re-polish…

Bach Upright Piano (379)

This piano was manufactured in Berlin, Germany, in around 1915. It has a burr walnut casing. The pia…

Baldwin Acrosonic Upright Piano (448)

Serial number: 410175. This Baldwin Acrosonic piano was manufactured in New York, the United States …

Baldwin Acrosonic Upright Piano (628)

This Baldwin Acrosonic piano was manufactured by the Baldwin Piano Company in the United States of A…

Bansall Grand Piano (947)

This grand pianoforte was built in the 1930’s and has been re-polished with white finish. It is rath…

Bechstein Grand Piano (907)

This is a Model A sized grand and it has a satin black casing. It was built in Germany in the early …

Bechstein Grand Piano (908)

The serial number 123179 means it was manufactured in 1923, in Berlin, Germany. This is a Model A1 B…

Bechstein Grand Piano (918)

Serial number: 152722. This Model L Bechstein Grand Pianoforte was manufactured in Berlin, Germany. …

Bechstein Grand Piano (920)

This piano was built in Germany, in 1895. It has an ebony casing. This piano retains the traditional…

Bechstein Upright Piano (006)

Bechstein is one of the best-known piano makers. As one can see exhibited by this piano, Bechstein p…

Bechstein Upright Piano (504)

Serial number: 87947. Manufactured in Germany in 1908, this is a premier quality piano from a renown…

Bechstein Upright Piano (509)

Serial number 91092. This Model 10 Bechstein upright was manufactured in Berlin, Germany, in 1909. T…

Bechstein Upright Piano (516)

Serial number: 26089. This piano was manufactured in Berlin, Germany. This model design is extremely…

Bechstein Upright Piano (605)

This is a Model 8 upright that was built in the early 1900 s in Germany. This is Bechstein’s “Concer…

Bechstein Upright Piano (613)

Serial number 94050. This Model 10 Bechstein was manufactured in Berlin, Germany. It was painted and…

Bechstein Upright Piano (622)

Serial number: 127392. This Model 8 was manufactured in Germany in 1926. This is the top of the line…

Bechstein Upright Piano (687)

Serial number: 63523. Manufactured in Germany, this is a Model 8 Bechstein. Need we say more? The Mo…

Bechstein Upright Piano (694)

Serial number: 151834. This piano was manufactured in Berlin, Germany, in 1959. It has a story to te…

Bechstein Upright Piano (728)

Serial number: 117154. This Bechstein Model 8 was built in the 1920’s. Model 8 Bechstein pianos are …

Bechstein Upright Piano (747)

Serial number: 142751; Model 8 “Concert Upright”. We can proudly offer this magnificent …

Bechstein Upright Piano (778)

Serial number: 97529. This Model 8 upright piano was built in Berlin, Germany, in 1910.The piano has…

Bechstein Upright Piano (799)

Built in 1896, serial number 35393, case number R d 206 403, it is an overstrung, underdamper with a…

Behar Upright Piano (218)

This piano was made in London. It is a nice compact English piano with a mahogany casing. The dimens…

Bell Upright Piano (228)

Serial number: 10756/70756. This piano was manufactured in London. It’s a gorgeous little piano with…

Bell Upright Piano (271)

This piano was manufactured in England. We have several of these Bell pianos on hire, they are relia…

Bell Upright Piano (408)

Manufactured in England, this is a very pretty, dainty style of piano with cabriole legs and small, …

Bentley Upright Piano (020)

Serial number: 91434. This piano was manufactured in 1959 by the Bentley Piano Co. in England. The d…

Bentley Upright Piano (114)

Serial number: 60223. The piano was manufactured by the Bentley Piano Co. in England. It is a cottag…

Bentley Upright Piano (144) 

This piano was manufactured by the Bentley Piano Co. in England. It has small proportions, a modern …

Bentley Upright Piano (145)

Serial number: 62319. This is an English make of piano, manufactured by the Bentley Piano Co.. It ha…

Bentley Upright Piano (285)

Serial number: 87962. This Bentley was manufactured in the 1950’s by the Bentley Piano Co. in Englan…

Bernhard Steiner Upright Piano (221)

Serial number: 37083. Rebranded Bernhard Steiner in South Africa, this piano was manufactured in Eng…

Bernhard Steiner Upright Piano (312)

Serial number: 72713. This South African assembled piano has beautiful Queen Anne legs matched with …

Bernhard Steiner Upright Piano (364)

Serial number: 2961. This is a very nice piano in good condition, with a walnut casing. The piano ha…

Bernhard Steiner Upright Piano (387)

This piano has a walnut casing and classy Queen Anne legs. Its dimensions are a height of 109 cm, a …

Bernhard Steiner Upright Piano (430)

Although it is labelled, or rebranded, a Bernhard Steiner – even on its frame – the piano is very mu…

Bernhard Steiner Upright Piano (457)

Serial number: 347179. Bernard Steiner is the rebranded label of a variety of pianos as well as pian…

Bernhard Steiner Upright Piano (527)

Serial number: 129472. This particular Bernhard Steiner piano was manufactured in about 1965. It loo…

Bernhard Steiner Upright Piano (606)

Serial number: 74953. The piano originates from the Dietmann factory in South Africa. It was built i…

Bernhard Steiner Upright Piano (775)

Read on to find out about this piano and how it evolved into a modern, bespoke piano uniquely painte…

Bluthner Grand Piano (911)

Manufactured in Liepzig, Germany, Bluthner pianos are brilliantly crafted and designed!Eshelby Piano…

Bluthner Grand Piano (923)

We will be adding details as time allows – this is one of those pianos that we have purchased …

Bluthner Grand Piano (938)

Serial number: 120006. This piano was produced in Liepzig, Germany. It has flame-mahogany casing. Ou…

Bluthner Grand Piano (941)

Serial number: 134677. This piano was manufactured in Leipzig, Germany, in 1961. This is possibly ou…

Bluthner Grand Piano (942)

Serial number: 122803. This piano has a flame-mahogany casing we, Eshelby Pianos, re-finished July 2…

Bluthner Upright Piano (744)

Serial number 197746. This piano was manufactured in Leipzig, Germany.On balance, a great Blüthner i…

Bogs & Voigt Upright Piano (459)

Serial number: 7366. This piano was manufactured in Germany in about 1925. Originally, it had a blac…

With having to recreate the Eshelby Pianos website in early 2023, it is going to take months to load all of the pianos to our gallery pages.
The details from our previous website follow, but – unfortunately – without the photographs.

Adolf Lehman: See Lehmann, Albert & Co.


Ajello & Sons: Factory established in 1862, in Manchester, England. The factory also made small upright-Michelle and Minette. 

JAE 404 Ajello Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. This is an English piano. Re-polished to a modern finish matching its modern compact design. This will certainly be a conversation piece! The way light reflects the lilac-blue high-gloss finish of this piano’s casing is brilliant. This piano’s dimensions are: height of 113 cm, width of 135 cm and depth of 52 cm.


Albert Fahr: See Fahr, Albert.

Albert Finger: See Finger, Albert


Albrecht

HJG 32 Albrecht (Ebner) Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number 540/28844.


Alexander Hermann: See Hermann, Alexander.


Allison: Factory was established in 1837 in London, England. During the 20th Century, 1929, the Allison Piano Company was purchased by the Chappell Piano Company of England. Chappell continued to build the Allison brand name until about 1959.

 DE 220 Allison Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 48709. This piano was manufactured in London in the 1924. It is a taller, good quality, English piano and has a mahogany casing.

DE 222 Allison Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 58094. This piano was manufactured in England in 1954. Its mahogany casing has a hand-bees-waxed finish which gives it a more subtle lustre and is a well-sought after look.

DE 284 Allison Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number 19496 (on key); 36 (on frame). This piano was manufactured in London in around 1960, has aa mahogany casing and is in original condition. This is a lovely piano with an unusual look. It is the sort of piano which can easily be underrated as people don’t know the brand well, but it’s got everything a good piano should have and exceeds the quality and tone of many more highly considered brands. The tone is lively and pleasant. It has 85 keys – with a medium touch weight – and 2 pedals. The dimensions of this piano are a height of 108 cm, width of 138 cm and a depth of 56 cm.

 JAE 407 Allison Upright Pianoforte with stool. This piano was manufactured in London. It is a lovely, small piano with interesting legs. Due to wear on the casing the piano was painted with a chalk paint red (June 2017). Its dimensions are: height of 109 cm, width of 138 cm and depth of 55.5 cm.

JAE 602 Allison Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. This iano was manufactured in London. Allison pianos are sturdy pianos and have a great reputation. This Allison was built in the late 1950’s, has only had one owner since new. It is a nice, compact-designed upright with modern proportions. It has mahogany casing.

Arthur Alison Upright Piano with stool. Built in the 1920’s. Termed amongst others, “Dracula’s Piano”, this is one of apparently two such pianos built. In an ebony casing, with ornate brass work, this would have been for exhibition when built. In the Eshelby’s long history in the piano trade, such a piano has not been known before. This is an opportunity to own something unique. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 130.5 cm, width of 150 cm and a depth of 73 cm. The Eshelby’s owned this piano, sold it in the early 2000’s, were extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to purchase it back and then sold it again in September 2016 (previously referenced JAE 315).

HRE 14 Allison Upright Pianoforte with stool.

HJG 54 Allison Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 19368.

DE 955 Allison Grand Pianoforte with stool. We will be adding more details about this piano as time allows.


Arion Piano Co.: John B. Simpson took control of the Arion Piano Co., about 1869 made pianos up yo about 1885, name changed to Estey 1885, Arion Pianos were made until 1920 as a stencil. Once made by J. P. Hale. New York factory from 1876 to 1885.

 DE 265 Arion Upright Pianoforte with stool. 
Serial number: 15095. Manufactured in 1897, this piano is a remarkable period piece embellished with strong ornate features: certainly a beautiful, antique piano. The bold and detailed structure makes it a centre-piece. The varied mahogany casing matches the old-style adornments. An unusual feature is the handles on the sides of the piano that are for decorative purposes only. It has been fully restored and is a wonderful example of how if ones cares for an item, its value will last more than a lifetime.


August Dassel: Berlin, Germany, 1859.

JAE 418 August Dassel Upright Pianoforte with stool. This is a German-made piano from around the 1920’s, with a typical German tone and quality. This piano was already re-painted white when we purchased it. It has an uncluttered case style. The piano stands at about 1.3 m tall.

August Förster: See Förster, August.

Bach

DE 22 Bach Upright Pianoforte and stool.

This piano was manufactured in Berlin.

This piano needs to be restored.

Baldwin Acrosonic

JAE 448 Baldwin Acrosonic Upright Pianoforte and stool. Serial number: 410175. This piano was manufactured in New York, U.S.A. Baldwin is one of America’s oldest and well-respected factories. This Acrosonic model is a Spinet style piano with an exceptionally unusual and attractive aesthetic. It retains it’s rather pretty, original and matching stool. This is an unusual piano with a small footprint which would suit a contemporary household. The top right photo is before the piano was painted. We have refinished it in Annie Sloan chalk paint, in a shade of grey, which reflects beautifully in differing shades depending on the light. The piano has 88 keys with a very pleasant, ‘solid’ feel. Because of the way the action operates in a Spinet piano, one pulls the hammers forward on the keys, so they can feel very positive and more like a grand piano in touch. This is a nice touch to become accustomed to. The piano has 3 pedals, the middle pedal operates the bass dampers only and is not a mute pedal as on some uprights. This piano’s dimensions are: height of 91 cm, width of 150.5 cm and depth of 65 cm.

JAE 628 Baldwin Acrosonic Upright Pianoforte and stool. Importantly, this is a standard height piano known as a Console model; most Acrosonics we have seen are of the Spinet version. This is a remarkable piano of a very high quality and finish,  with a lively and substantial tone. We feel it rivals any American made piano that we have tried, including a very similar model from arguably the best maker of pianos in the world. The staining of the case is to a mahogany colour, although the veneer is a figured walnut with very beautiful graining. The immense detail on the piano make it extremely attractive and must have cost a premium when new. The piano has 88 keys (with ivory), with a medium to lighter touch, and 3 pedals. The middle pedal lifts the bass dampers and is not a dampening pedal. The dimensions of this piano are a height of 112 cm, a width of 145,5 cm and a depth of 65 cm.

Bansall & Son: London, England, 1883.DE 947 Bansall Grand Pianoforte with stool.

This grand pianoforte was built in the 1930’s, and has been re-polished with white finish.

It is rather unusual to have an ornate, small grand – on barley-twist legs.

The piano has been extensively restored, including a new pin-block, restring (bass and treble wire), new hammers and so on. It has a roller action.

Barnes, W.H.: Established 1828.
JAE 64 W. H. Barnes Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 142478. Being taller than is common for English pianos, this one has a good  bright tone. The proportions are very pleasing. This piano’s dimensions are: height of 125 cm, width of 143 cm and depth of 58.5 cm.

Barratt & Robinson: London, England, established in 1877. See Challen for more information.

HRE 08 Barratt & Robinson Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. This piano was made in England. It has straight round legs, a shaped top panel, a hanging desk (inside) and a light rosewood finish.This piano’s dimensions are: width of 1 m 43 cm, height of 1 m 09 cm and depth of 57 cm.

Bechstein, C.: made by C. Bechstein Pianofabrik G. m.b.H. Fed. Republic of Germany Reichenbergerstrasse 124-1000, Berlin and was established in 1853. Baldwin acquired controlling stock in 1963 and the remaining shares in 1974. The factory was sold to Karl Scultze in 1986, now in Berlin.

JAE 06 Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Bechstein is one of the best known piano makers. This piano has a mahogany finish. Built in the early 1900’s, Bechstein pianos have a timeless design appeal, being of tidy proportions and “slim” appearance. This piano has 85 keys with a medium touch. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 127.5 cm, width of 145.5 cm and a depth of 60 cm.

DE 302 BechsteinUpright Pianoforte with stool.

DE 360 C. Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 87947. This piano was manufactured in 1908, in Germany and has a black casing.This piano has a matt black casing. 

DE 504 C. Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 87947. Manufactured in Germany in the early 1900’s this premier quality piano from a renowned manufacturer. This piano had a worn black casing that needed some attention so we decided to paint it with a bold yellow, the “Early’ yellow shade of Tjhoko paint (February 2018). It has a low-lustre brushed finish. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 130 cm, width of 146 cm and a depth of 59.5 cm.

DE 509 BechsteinUpright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 91092. Serial number 91092. This Model 10 Bechstein upright was manufactured in Berlin in 1909. It has 85 notes and Ivory keys. The piano was originally finished in satin black, but the casing was not in a good state, so it has been painted in the remarkably popular Aubasson Blue shade of Annie Sloane chalk paint (June 2018) which has been slightly distressed to reveal the satin black undercoat. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 130 cm; a width of 146.5 cm and a depth of 60 cm.

DE 516 C. Bechstein Upright Pianoforte and stool. Serial number: 26089. This piano was manufactured in Berlin, Germany. The piano and matching stool has been painted with chalk paint (April 2019).

View the original casing in the photo on the left. This model design is extremely well-known and sought after. It is an overstrung, under-damper as opposed to the many straight-strung versions we find on the South African market. It has 85 keys, with a medium to heavier touch, and 2 pedals.  The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 116.5 cm, width of 149 cm and a depth of 57 cm.


JAE 613 Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number 94050. This Model 10 Bechstein has a polished, stained black casing (March 2017).This piano’s dimensions are: height of 129 cm, width of 146 cm and depth of 60 cm.

JAE 622 C. Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 127392. This Model 8 was manufactured in Germany in 1926. This piano was re-polished to a black finish (November 2015). This is the top of the line in upright pianos, referred to by the makers as a Concert Upright. With unsurpassed quality, it is a real collectors piece. Replacement value in new would run well into the R 300 000.00 range. We do our best to acquire such pianos, but they are scarcely seen on the market. It is a gem of a piano, possibly our best. Its tone is semi-bright in being lively, but retaining the full-bodied richness of a German piano. The tone is fantastic! The piano has 88 keys, with a very smooth medium to lighter touch, and 2 pedals. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 128 cm, a width of 156 cm and a depth of 63 cm.

DE 728 Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Model 8, built in the 1920 s. Model 8 Bechsteins are the top of the range upright pianos on offer. Listed by the manufacturer as a “Concert” upright, they are unsurpassed in terms of quality, tone, history and are a true collectors’ item, Bechstein being one of the oldest and most well respected piano firms ever. This one has a mahogany casing (re-polished October 2017) and is in a very original state, with ivory keys and so on. If you are looking for an upright piano that cannot be beaten, and will always command interest and rarity, as well as one that can be played by the best pianists and inspire anyone else too, this is surely one of the best choices one could make. It has a wonderfully rich tone – while maintaining a cheerful clarity at the same time – and magnificent bass…The piano has 88 keys (ivory) – with a medium to lighter touch – and 2 pedals. The dimensions are: a height of 130 cm, a width of 156,5 cm and a depth of 63 cm.

DE 747 Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 142751; Model 8 “Concert Upright”. We can proudly offer this magnificent piano for sale. Built in 1938, at the very peak of what many consider the Golden Age of piano building, this must have been one of the last pre-war pianos out of this famous factory. Model 8 Bechstein pianos are highly sought after and are very rare. The piano has 88 keys – Ivory naturals. At merely the price of a far more readily available (new) Eastern upright, this really deserves consideration, a piano like this is probably a good R 600 000.00 new. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 126 cm; a width of 156.5 cm and a depth of 63.5 cm.

DE 778 C. Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 97529. This Model 8 upright piano was built in Berlin, Germany, in 1910. The piano has a re-polished Rosewood casing. The model 8 Bechstein has long been considered a Concert model upright, of unrivalled quality. They are one of our absolute favourite pianos and are extremely scarce. This piano’s condition is excellent throughout. This is a collector’s piece, of a brand synonymous with quality piano building. Treat yourself! The tone is an incredible balance of a full rich sound with the ability for brightness as well. The keys are original and superb ivory. The piano has 88 keys – with a medium to lighter touch – and 2 pedals. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 130 cm, a width of 156.5 cm and a depth of 63 cm.

DE 799 Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Built in 1896, serial number 35393, case number R d 206 403, it is an overstrung, underdamper with a mahogany casing. This really is a special and rare piano – the only one that Eshelby Pianos has ever had and we endevour to conservatively restore it to retain its original personality and charm. The piano is an Arts and Crafts style of piano as designed by Walter Cave, English Architect and Interior Designer. Its case features sculptural candlesticks and ornate hinges; it has cabinet features and an ornate fretwork panel in a floral design behind its appealing music desk.

Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Model 8, made in 1963 in Germany. Serial number 154482. Our company sold this pisno about 10 years ago. At that time it was one of the best and rarest pianos that we had had in stock, and in all the years since, I have not been able to buy another similar model, and have only seen one other in the course of my tuning work. Ridiculously expensive new, these pianos reflect every aspect of the German history and quality in the piano trade. The piano is all origional internally, and has a re-polished high-gloss ebony casing. Absolutely one of the very best upright pianos for sale in the world. This piano was sold in 2016.

C. Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with stool (Hire reference: JAE 326). This is a Model 8 upright that was built in the early 1900 s in Germany. This is Bechstein’s “Concert” upright piano, being the top of the range upright. We love these particular uprights, they surpass many grand pianos in tone and general feel.

They are very scarce, and we try to buy them up enthusiastically when they do come on to the market, as they are so hard to get, and are always a good investment. This one is in a satin-black casing, and retains its ivory keys, and almost all of its originality.

The piano is being offered in a condition where we can offer the same guarantee and assurances as per any of our pianos, but has some case imperfections, as well as internal ones.

If this was to be our own piano, we would choose it as-is, as opposed to being restored, as one will get the same sort of use from this example as one would get from a restored one, at much less cost.

This affords a serious player who cannot afford such a top of the line piano the opportunity to play a much higher quality instrument than would otherwise be possible. This piano was osld in September 2016.

HJG 08 Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Model 8. Serial number: 127494

HJG 26 Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 52061. 

This is a model C Bechstein Piano. German-made, this  piano has a Burr-walnut casing, shaped legs and its original candlesticks. Its dimensions are: width of 1.49 m, depth of 59 cm and height of 1.21 m.

HJG 69 Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. This is a monastic style Bechstein piano.

HJG 94 Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with matching stool.

Serial number: 39964. 

This piano’s dimensions are: width of 1 m 43 cm, height of 1 m 27 cm and depth of 60 cm.

HJG 123 Bechstein Upright Pianoforte with matching stool.

This piano has the typical bold music desk that one expects from a Bechstein, this one is referred to as a hanging desk. The reason that they do this on an the uprights is to mimic the position f the music notes on a grand piano. It is to get used to the position of the music note sheets as they would be on a grand piano.  Bechsteins are a very elegant looking piano with finishing touches like the frames in the top panel.

DE 907 C. Bechstein Grand Pianoforte with stool.

This is a Model A sized grand and it has a satin black casing. It was built in Germany in the early 1900’s. This piano’s music desk is such an awesome, refined feature.

The piano is approximately 1.9 metres in length.The piano offers a warm, mellow tone as one would expect from a premier German piano.

Bechstein is one of the best regarded piano makers in the world.

DE 908 Bechstein Grand and stool. Serial number: 123179. This is a Model A1 Bechstein with a Mahogany casing. This piano is currently out on hire, we will be adding details as we are able.

DE 918 C. Bechstein Grand Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 152722. This Bechstein model L Grand pianoforte was manufactured in

Berlin and has the much desired high-gloss black finish. It is a very rare find. Pianos like this just do not come onto the market very often. It is in a lovely and unrestored condition.

DE 920 C. Bechstein Grand Pianoforte with stool. This piano was built in Germany, in 1895. It has an ebony casing. This piano retains the traditional heavy-round legs, shaped lyre and music desk. Bechstein pianos have beautiful proportions, and have a very elegant look to them. The piano is approximately 1.9 m long.

Behar

DE 180 Behar Upright Pianoforte with matching stool.

DE 218 Behar Upright Pianoforte with matching stool.

This piano was made in London.
It is a nice compact English piano with a mahogany casing. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 108 cm, width of 139 cm and a depth of 54 cm.

Bell

DE 228 Bell Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 10756/70756. This piano was manufactured in London. It has a mahogany casing. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 111 cm, width of 135.5 cm and a depth of 56 cm.

DE 271 Bell Upright Pianoforte with stool. Manufactured in England. We have several of these Bell pianos on hire, they are reliable and have a pleasant brighter tone. This one has a particularly nice, unusual, walnut case.

JAE 408 Bell Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Manufactured in England, this is a very pretty, dainty style of piano with cabriole legs and small, neat proportions. This piano has been artistically finished with distressed layers of grey, green and white paint. This piano’s dimensions are: height of 110.5 cm, width of 135.5 cm and depth of 55 cm.

Bentley Piano Co.: English Manufacturer. Originally was Stroud Piano Co., established in 1906. Now have Zender, Hopkinson, Rogers and Steinberg.

JAE 20 Bentley Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 91434. This piano was manufactured in England in 1959. The dimensions of this piano are a height of 115 cm, width of 135.5 cm and a depth of 55 cm.

JAE 144 Bentley Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. This piano was manufactured in English. It has small proportions and a modern structure. It has a nice, light walnut casing. One should take note of the extra trouble given to its build, in details like the matched veneer panels. This piano’s dimensions are: height of 116 cm, width of 136 cm and depth of 56 cm.

JAE 145 Bentley Upright Pianoforte with stool. This is an English make of piano and has a compact, modern-style in a walnut casing. The dimensions of this piano are: width of 1 m 35 cm, height of 108 cm and depth of 54 cm.

DE 213 Bentley Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 60223. This piano has a mahogany casing. It is a cottage-sized upright with a very unusual Art Deco style mahogany casing – which is a rare and sought after look. It has a brighter, lively tone. The piano has 85 keys, with a medium to heavier touch, and 2 pedals. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 108 cm, width of 138 cm and a depth of – although it looks quite wide in the photograph, it is actually rather narrow – 55 cm.

DE 285 Bentley Upright Pianoforte with stool.

Serial number: 87962.

This upright is in need of a thorough service and for the veneer on its top panel to be repaired.

HJG 27 Bentley Upright Pianoforte with matching stool.

This is an English make of pianos which has a compact modern-style casing and lovely Queen Anne legs.

HJG 80 Bentley Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 70018.

Bernhard Steiner: The Bernhard Steiner factory has a rather interesting background. Primarily based in South Africa, the Kahn Family purchased a number of piano manufacturing factories as well as parts from various factories to create or re-label pianos, “Bernhard Steiner”. As one can see from the various Bernhard Steiner pianos listed, some are very obviously actually other piano makes that have been re-labelled from various countries in the world. Although there are other piano manufactories with the name of Bernard, Bernard Steiner falls under Dietman (See Dietman).

DE 221 Bernhard Steiner Upright Pianoforte with matching stool.
Serial number: 37083.
This piano was manufactured in England in the 1930’s.
It has a highly figured, burr walnut casing to match the refined frames and details in the casing structure leaving the piano with an antique appearance.

DE 223 Bernhard Steiner Upright Pianoforte with stool.

DE 289 Bernard SteinerUpright Pianoforte with stool.

Manufactured in 1978, Serial number 239361, this piano has a walnut finish.

DE 312 Bernhard SteinerUpright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 72713. This piano has beautiful Queen Anne legs matched with a rather-reflective, high-gloss mahogany casing and 88 keys.

DE 364 Bernhard Steiner Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 2961. This is a very nice piano in good condition, with a walnut casing. The piano has 88 keys, with a medium touch, and two pedals.

DE 387 Bernhard Steiner Upright Pianoforte with stool.

This piano has a walnut casing. This piano’s dimensions are: height of 109 cm, width of 143 cm and depth of 54.5 cm.

DE 346 Bernhard SteinerUpright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 129472. This is a rather attractive piano with the delicate frame in its front panel, its Queen Anne legs and the beautiful variation in its walnut casing. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 112 cm, width of 136.5 cm and a depth of 53 cm.

DE 527 Bernhard Steiner Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 129472. This particular piano is probably made by Kemble given the design and frame features. The delicate frame in its front panel and its Queen Anne legs make it really attractive. However, unusually if so, it has a Renner, top class action. It’s a wonderful piano which feels of quality when played. Refinished in Annie Sloan English Yellow chalk paint (02/2021), this piano is bright and cheerful. It has 88 keys – with a medium to slightly heavier touch – and 2 pedals. The dimensions are: a height of 114 cm, a width of 142 cm and a depth of 54 cm.

DE 754 Kawai (Re-labelled: Bernhard Steiner)Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 341874. View Kawai for details.

DE 766 Young Chang (Re: Bernhard Steiner) Upright Pianoforte with stool. Please view Young Chang.

  Bernhard Steiner Upright Pianoforte with stool. Although it is labelled a Bernhard Steiner – even on its frame – the piano is very much like a Kemble. This really is a beautiful, small piano with subtle features. It has been painted with the Paris Grey shade of chalk paint (May 2017). Previously referenced JAE 430, this piano was sold in August 2021.

Berhard Steiner Upright and stool. Serial numbers: 71368 and 259564. This piano has an exceptionally unusual oak case with much detail. This is the only one of this model we have ever had. As Bernhard Steiner is a brand name rather than a factory we can only presume this is a piano from the well known Dietmann factory. The condition is superb without any case damage or internal wear to speak of. The polish has patina type wear of a crackeleur sort, but we feel this adds character and should not be seen as a fault, see the photo attached where we have attempted to show this… However, the purchaser wanted a bolder appearance and had a unique vision of how this piano should look and we are currently painting this piano with a dark grey-brown undercoat, a middle coat of Granny B’s Candy Floss pink and a top coat of Celtic Mist green. We are currently in the process of distressing the piano. The piano has 88 keys, with a medium touch weight, and 3 pedals. Its dimensions are: a height of 113 cm; a width of 148.5 cm and a depth of 56 cm. Previously referenced DE 775, this piano was bespoke painted for a client and sold in 2022.

HRE 35 Bernhard Steiner Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 167898. The piano is modern-looking with clean straight lines. It has a satin mahogany finish. It is a smaller piano standing at 985 cm high.HJG 42 Bernhard Steiner Upright Pianoforte with matching stool.

Serial number 303464.

HJG 88 B. Steiner Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 37083.  

HJG 99 Bernhard Steiner Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 347204. The piano has a lovely and smooth matt-gloss finish that is well-matched to the smooth curves in its structure.

HJG 113 Bernhard Steiner Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 01255/14678. This piano has a dark rosewood casing. It is tall balanced with three division frames in its top panel. This piano’s dimensions are a height of 134 cm, a width of 154 cm and a depth of 63 cm.

Blüthner, Julius: made by Veb Bluthner Pianos in Liepzig, Germany. 

DE 524 Julius Blüthner Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 87560. This piano was manufactured in Liepzig, Germany. We painted this piano with a dark grey shade of chalk paint (March 2020). The current photos show it during the restoration process.  It most unusually has its original candelabra shown, but not fitted, in one of the photos. One rarely sees these extremely fine pianos. This is of a straight strung design with magnificent, mellow and rich tone. Blüthner specialises in creating a specific sound, which is powerful without any harshness. No original Blüthner could ever be accused of being tinny. They are overall our personal favourite in terms of quality and tone, a favourite instrument for accompaniment. It retains its ivory keys in excellent condition. Really the best one can get, it ought to be listed in the “I can’t believe it’s possible to hire a piano of this standard ” category. It has 85 keys, with a medium to heavier weight touch, and 2 pedals. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 130 cm, a width of 148.5 cm and a depth of 68 cm.

DE 722 Blüthner Upright pianoforte with stool. This 1.21 m tall piano was manufactured in Liepzig, Germany in 1953. It has a walnut casing and is a very refined style with the added detail in the top panel and curved legs. This is that latest model Bluthner upright that we have stocked; to find a post war Bluthner like this is exceptional. It is probably one of the only ones in South Africa. The piano has a rich, but powerful, medium to brighter tone; 88 keys – with a heavier touch – and 2 pedals. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 121 cm, a width of 153 cm and a depth of 62.5 cm.

DE 744 Blüthner, Julius Upright Pianoforte and stool. Serial number 197746. This piano was manufactured in Leipzig, Germany.
On balance, a great Blüthner is certainly one of our very favourite pianos. The extreme quality is something to appreciate, just the way they fit together, the perfect quality of parts and materials and severe craftsmanship is amazing.
We always jump at an opportunity to buy one, however many older models have action designs no longer desirable to a serious pianist, so when one like this becomes available we are very keen buyers. This is a tall model Blüthner, its dimensions are: a height of 128 cm, width of 149 cm and a depth of 69 cm.
It is about to begin a restoration to include re-polishing the case to a high gloss black, fitting a new set of hammers and much more. It will fortunately retain its ivory keyboard, (85 keys) and the “back” requires no work, as everything is solid, currently without a single replacement part.

Blüthner Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. This piano was manufactured in Germany and has a Rosewood casing. This premier piano is of outstanding quality. The piano has a rich, mellow tone, 85 keys – with a heavier touch – and 2 pedals. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 130 cm; a width of 149 cm and a depth of 62.5 cm. Previously referenced DE 714, this piano was sold during March 2021

DE 911 Blüthner Grand Pianoforte with stool.

This is a high quality piano with the much desired high-gloss black finish (re-polished November 2017) and a rather attractive music stand.

DE 941 Blüthner Grand Pianoforte and stool. Serial number: 134677. This piano was manufactured in  Leipzig, Germany, in 1961. We have just purchased this piano (January 2020) and will be undertaking restoration as required as well as re-polishing to black.  This is possibly our own favourite grand piano. We love the superb quality of a Blūthner and this particular size seems just perfect to achieve a fabulous rich tone unique to the make, with beautiful proportions in casing and design. We have not had a later model in stock. This model also has the Aliquot scaling which is a Blüthner invention whereby and extra string is applied to the treble sections, giving a rounder and amplified tone. They were built to have a gentle but rich sound and have long been a favourite accompanist’s piano. The condition is magnificently original. The ivory keyboard is superb. This is a very rare find and a world class piano. The piano has 88 keys and two pedals. The dimensions of this piano are a length of 190 cm and a width of 150.5 cm.

 Blüthner Grand Pianoforte with matching stool. This piano was produced in Liepzig, Germany. Serial number: 120 006. It has flame-mahogany casing. Our firm sold this piano around 20 years ago. Having purchased it back, we undertook an internal restoration (including restringing of the treble with new steel, new hammerheads and so on) as well as re-polished the piano (re-polished photos to be added soon) and sold it. Bluthner pianos deliver uncompromising quality, and a very special, unique tone. Previously referenced DE 938, this piano was sold in June 2019.

Blüthner Grand pianoforte and stool. This piano has a flame-mahogany casing, re-finished July 2016. It has beautiful, original ivory keys. The piano has new hammers, but the soundboard and internals are as original. Pianos like this are increasingly rare, and always carry the lineage of one of the most reputable firms in the piano world.

We are finding more and more customers, tired of the offerings of new pianos in our market, looking for pianos of heritage and quality, like this. They have a charm and character that one cannot reproduce, and have the warm, rich tone that German pianos are famous for. There are only so-many pianos like this in the world, often a customer who has never considered an older piano, will be easily swayed by trying something like this. This piano was sold in July 2016.

Bogs & Voigt: Factory was established in 1905, in Berlin, Germany.

DE 326 Bogs & Voigt Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 7366. This piano was manufactured in Germany and has a black casing.

Bogs & Voigt Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. This piano was manufactured in Berlin, Germany in the 1920/30’s. It has a burr walnut casing and is a taller, more powerful piano. This piano, previously referenced DE 215, was sold in August 2019).

HJG 05 Bögs & Voigt Upright Pianoforte with matching stool.

HJG 35 Bögs & Voigt Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number 11980. Rosewood casing.

Bonn

 DE 330 Bonn Upright Pianoforte with stool Serial number: 13220. This piano was built in Leipzig, Germany, in around the 1930’s. It has a strikingly grained, walnut casework. This is a decent piano, with a good rounded tone of considerable strength. It has medium to firm touch, 85 keys and 2 pedals. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 125 cm, width of 147.5 cm and a depth of 61 cm.

Bösendorfer

DE 942 Bösendorfer Grand Pianoforte and stool. Serial number: 27780. This piano was manufactured in Vienna, Austria, in 1957. We are fortunate enough to have found and purchased this piano from this Fabled maker who has become one of Austria’s most famous exports. In the world of pianos, we do not think any single brand has achieved the notoriety and esteem that Bösendorfer has. They are extremely rare. Referencing the Pierce Piano Atlas, in the decade in which our piano was manufactured, the factory produced just over 1000 instruments, averaging just 100 a year. If one then considers that only some of these pianos manufactured were grands, how many can exist and how incredibly few must have made it to Africa? This example has been in family ownership for decades and was reluctantly offered for sale by the family of the Late owner. It appears as all original. The sapele mahogany casing is now being re-polished to a high gloss black, as we feel the sapele look is less appealing to modern buyers. The wood has however been sealed prior to ebonising so could be returned in years to come. The silky feel of the action is quite astonishing, with a fairly light touch not found on most grand piano actions. The ivory keys are in superb condition – as is the whole mechanism. This is a proper treasure. Deon has, in his 30 years of experience in the trade, only had two Bösendorfer pianos for resale.  The piano is 170 cm in length.

Brasted, H & R.: England, see Eavestaff for more information.

Brasted Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 156843. Manufactured in 1954, this piano has a dark walnut finish. This is a very compact piano and features a rounded shoulder design matched with rounded legs and the attractive refined line detail in the in the bottom panel. It looks smart! The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 108.5 cm, width of 134 cm and a depth of 50.5 cm. Previously referenced JAE 105, this piano was sold in January 2021.

HJG 49 Brasted Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 57477. This is an English piano and has a rosewood casing. The dimensions are: a height of 1.1 m; width of 1.36 m and a depth of 51 cm.

HJG 124 Brasted Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 154750. 

Brinsmead, John & Son: Factory was established in 1836, in Cavendish Square, London.

JAE 127 John Brinsmead Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 80406.

This piano was manufactured in London and has a walnut casing. It has a fresh, lively tone and a medium touch.

Although larger pianos may not suit modern households with space limitations, they generally have a better tone. It is a very nice piano.

DE 267 John BrinsmeadUpright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number 84014.

This piano was manufactured in London between the years of 1935 and 1939. We will be re-polishing the piano as time allows.

This John Brinsmead has a really attractive structure with the soft, curved edging of the top flat panel into the front panel, a feature that we have found very popular. The piano also has two legs on each side, which is quite unusual.

DE 307 John Brinsmead Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: A81748. This piano was manufactured in London. It is a monumental English piano. The piano has a Mahogany casing, which was re-polished before we purchased the piano, and it has a very smart appearance! The piano has beautiful ivory keys which play to reveal a brighter tone. It has 88 keys – with a medium touch – and two pedals. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 132 cm, width of 159 cm and a depth of 62.5 cm.

Eshelby Pianos re-painted the casing of this John Brinsmead Upright for a client to make it more modern-looking. The casing was prepared and the Gris Belge shade of Rubio Monocoat was applied (2016). This client introduced the Rubio Monocoat product to Eshelby Pianos as she had used the product for other furnitire in her home. It certainly is a great product to work with and the colour variation that it results in are really amazing.

Broadley

HJG 115 Broadley Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 1967. Made in England, this piano has a light-coloured walnut casing.  It has straight, square legs curved at the base. The top is rounded. This piano’s dimensions are: width of 1.36 m, height of 1.15 m and depth of 57 cm.

Broadwood, John & Son, LTD.: London, England. Originally associated with harpsichords, then square pianos, making more pianos than harpsichords by 1784. John Broadwood had worked in Tschaudis shop, married Tschudi’s daughter, Barbara, and the name changed to Tschudi & Broadwood. Broadwood made many improvements to pianos, like the brass under-damper that made the square much more stable. In the late 1700’s, pianos replaced harpsichords (the last year that Broadwood made harpsichords was 1793) and grand pianos started being manufactured. In 1795, his eldest son James admitted to Company and name changed to Broadwood and Son. In 1808, the firm changed to John Broadwood & Sons as John Broadwood’s second son, Thomas, joined. In 1812, John died. Last square piano made in 1866, overtaken in the home by the ‘cottage upright’. There is a very interesting history of the John Broadwood and Sons Manufacturers at: http://www.broadwood.co.uk/history.html.

JAE 01 John Broadwood Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 257965. In a very clean condition, this piano was manufactured in London in the 1950’s. Its modern boxy appearance certainly makes it a masculine piano; its unusual oak casing makes it unique. Broadwood is the oldest factory to have existed – dating back to the 1700’s – and only having recently closed. It has a strong and lively, brighter tone, 85 keys – with a touch weight on the lighter side – and 2 pedals. This piano’s dimensions are height of 117 cm, width of 142cm and depth of 62cm.

JAE 58 John Broadwood and Sons Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 114 289. Made in London. This is an example of the iconic English make. What an appearance! This piano has such eloquent variation in the case tone, with a rosewood case and boxwood stringing on the case (a strip of inlay on the panels). This is known as a green-framed Broadwood in the trade. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 132.5 cm, width of 149.5 cm and a depth of 63 cm.

JAE 80 John Broadwood Upright Pianoforte with Matching Stool.

This piano was manufactured in London and is of a compact design. It was re-polished (September 2016) and its graining is mahogany.

DE 199 John Broadwood Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 95781.

John Broadwood is one of the oldest manufacturers of pianos and so there are a great variety of styles available.

The style of this piano is rather unusual – although the frames in the top and bottom panel are similar to other Broadwood pianos that we have, the legs exhibit a variation to the structure.




DE 226 John Broadwood Upright Pianoforte with Matching Stool. This piano was manufactured in London. It was repolished in September 2016. Broadwood is one of the very oldest piano firms, and this is a very attractive piece, of larger proportions, consequently it carries an unusually strong tone.

DE 281 John Broadwood Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number 259986/11428. Manufactured in England in 1952, this remarkably original piano has a mahogany finish, a lighter touch and 88 keys. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 117 cm, a width of 150 cm and a depth of 61.5 cm.

John Broadwood Upright Piano with matching stool. This piano has a black casing. Serial number: 11857. The dimensions of this piano are: a height of 117 cm, width of 150 cm and a depth of 61 cm. This piano sold in March 2017, was referenced JAE 410.



HRE 11 John Broadwood Upright Pianoforte with stool.

This is a very old English make of piano with an unusual case-work, resembling a desk. The dimensions are: width of 1.36 m, height of 1.15 m and depth of 52 cm.

HJG 61 John Broadwood Upright Pianoforte with matching stool.

Serial number: 253499. This piano has a walnut finish and tapered legs. It has a modern style of piano made by one of the most well-known oldest British manufacturers of pianos. Its dimensions are: height of 1.17 m, width of 1.47 m and depth of 62 cm.

 John Broadwood Grand Pianoforte with matching stool. This baby grand was built in London in 1973 (serial No. 266 849) and has a mahogany casing. This is the latest model Broadwood we have seen. Broadwood is the oldest piano maker, until recently, still in existence.

This piano is in excellent condition, built to a very high standard, and its high-gloss mahogany casing has been recently re-polished. It has a roller action (as opposed to a cheaper simplex-action design, commonly used on small grand pianos).



B. Squire: see Squire, B. & Son.

Buckland, C.A. Co.: London, England, made the Bell Piano.

HRE 04 Buckland Upright Pianoforte with stool. Serial number: 9837.

Manufactured in Britain, this piano has a light Burr Walnut casing. It has a modern contemporary style with its simple design. The dimensions of the piano are a height of 111 cm, a width of 1.35 m and a depth of 55 cm.

HJG 119 Buckland Upright Pianoforte with matching stool. Serial number: 12027. The piano has beautifully matched veneer.

Bunhag

HJG 112 Bunhag Upright Pianoforte with matching stool.

A tall piano with subtle old-fashioned detail.