Square Piano by Adam Beyer, London c.1792

We are pleased to offer for sale this superbly original square piano by Adam Beyer, perhaps the finest maker of early square pianos, made in London c.1792.

This square piano has a compass of 5 octaves (FF - f³) with a single action, overhead lever dampers, three hand levers operating a split sustain & buff stop. The case and French stand are in mahogany with satinwood banding and line inlays. The keywell is crossbanded in tulipwood with line inlays, and decorated with marquetry swags, foliage & instruments, the colours of which are still striking. The nameboard appears never to have been written with a maker's inscription, however this is not the first time that we have encountered this on a Beyer square piano.

Dimensions: 62¼ × 21; × 8″ (1580 × 530 × 205mm) approx.
Overall height: 32″ (810mm).

This instrument is tuned to a¹=415.

This instrument has been sensitively restored in our workshops, still retaining the original strings and hammer coverings, and is available to play and inspect by appointment.

This instrument was sold in autumn 2022.

To see this instrument being played as part of the HKSNA 2021 virtual conference, please click here.