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PABST Louis 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1950 London ??
PACK Richard John 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882-93

PACK Richard John & Son (**1882)

256, Camberwell Road, S.E. (**1882)(**1884), 251, Camberwell Road, S.E. (*1893), London
PACKER Charles

 

Patent of 1848 : "Dec. 29 -N° 1715 - Towns and Packer - Oxford Street - Improvements in the action of pianofortes." The Mechanics' Magazine, 06/01/1849, p. 24

 

LONDON - "A bichord grand, made by Messrs. Towns and Packer, has the power of transposing through a range of four semitones above or below the original key. It has, for this purpose, an arrangement for shifting the key-board and action in a lateral direction. This is the original way in which the transposing piano-forte was made. (Vide remarks on Mr. Addison’s piano-forte, ante.)" Newton's London Journal of Arts and Sciences, 1851, p. 37

LONDON - "494 Towns & Packer, 20 Oxford Street - Manufacturers. Grand transposing pianoforte : the pitch can with facility be raised or lowered two notes from the original key, without affecting its touch or durability. Microphonic cottage pianoforte up to A in alt. of economical construction." Official description and illustrated catalogue of the Great exhibition, 1851, p. 469

 

'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1843-52

TOWNS & PACKER (*1841)(*1843)(*1849), see also TOWNS

  "MESSRS. TOWNS & PACKERS, 20, OXFORD STREET.—HORIZONTAL SEMI-GRAND TRANSPOSING PIANOFORTE.—To transpose Music by semitonic progression two whole tones higher or lower than the original Scale or Key in which it was composed, for the accommodation of Singers. Its novelty is attributable to the introduction of a power by which the key-board is moved for the purposes of transposition, and its superiority is the fact that the tone and touch are not in the least affected by the use of this moving power. This Instrument has the repetition touch so much approved of by the Profession in the Grand Pianofortes." Official descriptive and illustrated catalogue of the Great exhibition 1851, p. 29

Exhibitors list London, 1851

20, Oxford Street (*1841)(*1843)(*1849)(**1852), London
PAGETT Thomas 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1852 2, Brompton Road, Knghtsbdg., (**1852), London
PAGNE & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1895-1909 47-49, Fortess Road, N.W. (*1895)(*1897)(*1903), 28-34, Fortess Road, N.W. (*1906)(*1909), London
PALMER James Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1875 95 A, Mount Pleasant (*1875), Liverpool
PAPE Henry

(1789 - 1875)

 

Patent of 1839 : "HENRY PAPE, of Little Newport-street, Leicester-square, musical instrument maker, for certain improvements on stringed musical insrtuments. July 2 ; six months." The Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal, Volume 2, 1839, p. 318

Patent of 1841 : "PAPE, HENRY. - Improvements in castors. The patentee constructs his castors with two wheels or rollers each." Patents for inventions. Abridgments of specifications, Volume 24, 1969, p. 88

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'Pianoforte-maker' since 1815 in Paris, France

It looks like these addresses were just branches.

There lived a August Pape in London, 37, King William Street (1883), family of PAPE Jean Henri in Paris, France (°1815)

 

67, Fth Street Soho Square (1837), Little Newport Street, Leicester Square (*1839), 75, Lower Grosvenor Street (1845), 106, New Bond Street (1843)(1846)(1847)(1848), 33, Soho Square (1849)(1850)(1851)(1853)(1855), London
PAPPS John Henry & Son (Louis Frank)  

 

 

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1890-1946

"Papps & Son, 10 Norfolk St, Southsea— Piano makers and dealers." (*1921)

February 11th 1946 - Papps and Son announce that their factory has been released from war work and can execute complete overhauls and re-polishing of pianos. (historyinportsmouth.co.uk)

Patent of 1898 : "Device for sustaining and adjusting tension of wires of pianofortes." See Google Patents

 

10, Norfolk Street (*1921), Southsea, Portsmouth
PARFITT & DENHAM  

 

'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1882-84

They made also pianos for Samuel HAY in Glasgow, Scotland

North Road, Caledonian Road, N. (**1882), Caledian Road, N. (**1884), London
PARKER & Co  

'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1882-1915

Pianoforte importers (*1914)(*1915)

PARKER PIANO CO (?)

 

 47, London Wall, E.C. (**1882)(**1884), 112, Edgware Road, W. (**1882)(**1884)(**1891), 167, Bishopsgate, E.C. (*1914)(*1915), St. James Road (?), London
PARKER G. & Co 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1895-1903  Uxbridge Road (*1895)(*1897)(*1903), London
PARKER John L.  

PUB

The Woburn Directory, 1868, p. 80

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1868 2, Wade Block (**1868), Woburn
PARKER William Phillips  

Patent of 1849 : "William Phillips Parker, of Lime-street, in the city of London, gentleman, for improvements in the construction of pianofortes. Patent dated May 15; six months. - (Communication.)" The Artizan, Volume 7, 1849, p. 135

 

'Gentleman' ca. 1849 Lime Street (**1849), London
PARKER & SMITH  

LONDON - "19. Messrs. Parker and Smith, of Plymouth, exhibit a pianoforte fitted with their patent “transverse laminated sounding-board,” which Mr. Brinley Richards and Mr. Lindsay Sloper commend." Journal of the Royal Society of Arts, 1872, p. 890-891

 

Pianoforte-makers ca. 1872

Exhibitors List London, 1872

Plymouth
PARKES H. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1893-1910 104, South Street, Moor (*1893)(*1895)(*1897), Sheffield Moos. (*1903)(*1906)(*1910), Sheffield
PARKIN John & Son 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1891-1910 14, Henson Street, Old Street, E.C. (**1891), Angrave Street, Hag. Station (*1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), London
PARKINSON Frederick Charles 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1914-15 16, Stucley Place, Camden Town, N.W. (*1914)(*1915), London
PARKINSON W. & Son Pianoforte-makers and/or piano dealers ca. 1893 3, Police Street (*1893), Manchester
PARNELL John 'Pianoforte-maker' before 1821 London
PARR Ellis  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882-91

PARR Ellis (**1882)(**1884)

PARR Ellis & Co (**1891)

 

 

97, Wigmore Street, W. (**1882)17a, Duke Street, Manchester Square, W. (**1882), 16, Long Lane, E.C. (**1884), 99, Oxford Street, W. (**1891), 1-2, great Chapel Street, W. (**1891), London

 

PARTRIDGE  

'Musical Instrument Maker' ca. 1798

"Died. At Worchester [.. ] Mr. Partridge of Worchestershire." The Monthly Magazine, Or, British Register, Volume 5, 1798, p. 154

 

Worchestershire
PASQUALE & Co Ltd 'Pianoforte-maker' of automatic pianofortes ca. 1914-15 9, Phoenix Place, Mount Pleasant, W.C. (*1914)(*1915), London
PASS, JARNER Pianoforte-makers and/or piano dealers ca. 1906-10 17, Union Passage (*1906)(*1909)(*1910), Birmingham
PATERSON & Sons Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10 26, Castle Street, Berners Street, W. (*1906)(*1907)(*1910), London
PAYNE Ltd.  

 

'Pianoforte-maker' since 1892

PAYNE G. (*1910)

75c, Fortess Road, N.W. (**1895), 23-24, Fortess Road (*1910), London
PAYNE Tom. G.  

 

'Pianoforte-maker' since 1892

PAYNE G. (*1910)

PAYNE T.G. Ltd. (*1914)(*1915)(a)

PAYNE Ltd. (*1914)(*1915)(b)

75c, Fortess Road, N.W. (**1895), 23-24, Fortess Road (*1910), 75-81, Fortess Road, N.W. (*1914)(*1915)(b), 28-34, Fortess Road, N.W. (*1914)(*1915)(a), London
PAYNE W. S. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1907-09 180, Bethnal Green Road, E. (*1907)(*1909), London
PAYNE William Thomas

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1895-1915  

101-103, Approach Road, Victoria Park, E. (**1895)(*1914)(*1915), 173-175, Stockwell Road, S.W. (**1904), 180, Bethnal Green Road, E. (*1914)(*1915), London

 

PAXTON W. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10 19, Oxford Street, W. (*1906)(*1907), 95, New Oxford Street (*1910), London
PEACE Richard 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882-1909  

26, Eagle Warf Road, New North Road, N. (**1882), 52, Blackstock Road, Finsburypark, N. (**1891)(*1893)(*1895)(**1895)(*1897)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909), London

 

 

PEACHEY George

 

 

'Piccolo Pianoforte' in an advertisement, The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle, 1843, p. 382

 

 

Image of a 'Piccolo Pianoforte' in an advertisement of 1847, The Musical World, Volume 22, 1847, p. 675 - and also - 'Royal Victorie Piccolo Pianoforte', as exhibited at the Great Exhibition, The Lancet London : A Journal of British and Foreign Medicine ..., Volume 1, 1853, p. 354

 

'Piccolo Pianoforte', Specimens Exhibited at the Great Exhibition, Hyde-Park, The Lancet London : A Journal of British and Foreign Medicine ..., Volume 1, 1853, p. 146

 

 

"PIANOFORTE WAREHOUSE. ONE HUNDRED PIANOFORTES FOR GENERAL INSPECTION. PIANOFORTE WAREHOUSE. One hundres pianofortes for general inspection. GEORGE PEACHEY, Manufacturer, 73, BISHOPSGATE-STREET-VWTHIN, OPPOSITE THE MARINE SOCIETY. — PICCOLO PIANOFORTES. — G. P. respectfully solicits the attention of his Friends and the Public in general to those elegant and much-admired Instruments. They are particularly adapted for singing, from the peculiarity of their size, also possessing great power and sweetness of tone, equal to instruments of much larger construction. With an extensive Assortment of improved Cabinet Cottage, and Square Pianofortes, warranted, and at the unrest possible Prices; also a Collection of Secondhand, by various Makers. Instruments taken in exchange. N.B. Superior Instruments lent on hire. *„* Packing Cases lent free of expense." The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle, 1843, p. 382

"By appointment to the queen. G. Peachey, Manufacturer of improved Cabinet, Cottage, Piccolo, & Square Pianofortes, 73, Bishopsgate Street within, Opposite the Marine Society.
Piccolo Pianoforte. PIANOFORTES, WARRANTED of the best manufacture, and at the lowest possible prices, for Instruments that can really be Warranted. G. PEACHEY respectfully invites his friends and the public to inspect his extensive stock of IMPROVED CABINET, COTTAGE, PICCOLO, and SQUARE PIANOFORTES, New Scale 6J Octaves, C to G, upon the most approved principles, for tone, touch, and durability, suitable to any climate. Also a large collection of secondhand, of every description, in good condition.
Superior Instruments Lent on Hire, in Town or Country. One Hundred Pianofortes for general inspection, & Packed free of expense. G. PEACHEY, 73, Bishopsoate-street Within, opposite the Marine Society." The Musical World, Volume 22, 1847, p. 675

 

 
 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841-82

LONDON - "502. PEACHEY, G., 73 Bishopsgate Street Within — Manufacturer. Improved Pollard oak "Victoria" piccolo pianoforte. Improved rosewood "Albert" piccolo pianoforte." Official description and illustrated catalogue of the Great exhibition, 1851, p. 469

LONDON - "3431 Peachey, G. 73, Bishopsgate-st, Within.—Tri-chord piccolo pianos." International exhibition, 1862 : Official catalogue of the industrial department, 1862, p. 54


(continuation)

"City of London Pianoforte manufactory. - New Pianofortes for hire, with the option of Purchase or exchange, packed free. G. PEACHEY (Maker to the Queen), 73, Bishopsgate-street Within, opposite the Marine Society. Pianofortes prepared expressly for exportation. Pianofortes reinstated in tone and touch upon improved principles. Royal Victorie Piccolo Pianoforte, as exhibited at the Great Exhibition. The most extensive and elegant assortment of Pianofortes in London, New and Second-hand, of every description and price, for sale, hire, exchange, or exportation, at the lowest prices for instruments that really can be warranted. G. Peachey, manufactory and warehouse, 73, Bishopsgate Street Within, London." The Lancet London : A Journal of British and Foreign Medicine ..., Volume 1, 1853, p. 354

Exhibitors List London, 1851 | Exhibitors list London, 1862

 

73, Bishopgate, Within E.C. (**1841)(x1842)(*1847)(**1852)(*1853)(*1858)(*1862)(**1882), 72-73, Bishopgate, Within E.C. (**1870), London
PEARSE Robert William  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1867

Patent of 1867 : "Pearse. 16th November 1867. - 3255. Robert William Pearse, of Lewisham Road, Greenwich, in the County of Kent, for an invention for improvements in the means of and apparatus for developing or extending the power or sound of pianofortes or other similar keyed instruments. Letters Patent sealed." Chronological index of patents applied for and patents granted ..., 1868, p. 210

 

Lewisham Road (*1868), Greenwich, Kent
PEARSON T. & Son Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10 36, Bishopsgate Street (*1906)(*1907)(*1910), London
PECK F. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10 47, S. Molton Street, Grosvenor Square, W. (*1906)(*1907)(*1910), London
PECK J. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1893 25-27, Church Street (*1893), Sheffield
PECKHAM N. 'Harpsichord Maker' ca. 1793 (Leigh Street, Red-Lion Square **1793), London
PEEK David & PEEK William  

1847 - "NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership lately subsisting between us undersigned, David Peek and William Peek, of Camberwell-green, in the County of Surrey, as Piano-Forte-Manufacturers, is this day dissolved by mutual consent. All debts due to or from the said Partnership are to be paid to and discharged by the said David Peek. - Dated this 30th day of August 1847. W.A. Peek D. Peek." The London Gazette, 17/09/1847, p. 3351

 

'Piano-Forte-Manufacturers' ca. 1847 Surrey
PEELE Thomas 'Pianoforte-maker' and 'repairer' ca. 1882-95  

65, Chenies Mews, W.C. (**1882)(**1884), 23, Bolsover Street, W. (**1891), 28, Stanhope Street, N.W. (**1895), London

 

PEMBLETT John  

BRAND

Pianoforte-brand after 1911

Pianos made by KEMBLE, London

 

London
PENTON & LEEDHAM 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882-93 77, George Street, Euston Road [Square], N.W. (**1882)(**1884)(**1891)(*1893), London
PEPPERCORN William S.  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1884-1910

PEPPERCORN William S. & Sons (**1884)

PEPPERCORN William (*1906)(*1907)(*1910)

 

105, Talbot Road, Westbourne Park Road, W. (**1884), 119, Cornwall Road (*1906)(*1907)(*1910), London
PERCIVAL Thomas  

'Musical Instrument maker' ca. 1818-22

PERCIVAL & KOHLER (*1818), see also KOHLER

 

2, Cleveland Row (**1818), 89, St. James's Street (*1818)(**1822), London
PERCY G. W. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1907-09 9, Amyand Terace, Richmond Road, Twickenham (*1907)(*1909), London
PERCY PRIOR Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1900 High Wycombe
PERKINS Richard 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1818-25 9, Clarence Place, Hackney Road (*1818)(*1822)(x1825), London
PETHER George or Georgius  

Square pianoforte ca. 1790, Musikinstrumentenmuseum, Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

 

'Harpsichord and Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1775-94 (2)

Worked by KIRCKMAN

London
PETTIT E. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1907-09 11, East Dulwich Grove, S.E. (*1907)(*1909), London
PEWTRESS Thomas Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1914-15 100-102, Villa Street, Walworth, S.E. (*1914(*1915)), London
PHELPS Benjamin  

'Pianoforte-maker' since 1900

PHELPS & Sons (date ?)

 

79, Prince of Wales Road, N.W. (*1914)(*1915), London
PHILCOX Oliver  

Patent of 1856 : "128. Oliver Philcox, of 30, Willes Road, Kentish Town, in the Parish of St. Pancras, in the County of Middlesex, for an invention for—" Increasing the effect and the facility in fingering the piano-forte, organ, or other musical instrument having a keyboard." Provisional protection only." Chronological index of patents applied for and patents granted of ..., 1856, p. 10

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ? ca. 1856 30, Willes Road, Kentish Town, in the Parish of St. Pancras, Middlesex (*1856), London
PHILLIP Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1910 33, Bishopsgate Street, E.C. (*1910), London
PHILLIPS Alfred  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-15

PHILLIPS Alfred Ltd. (*1914)(*1915)

 

70, High Road Kilburn, N.W. (*1906)(*1907)(*1910)(*1914)(*1915), London
PHILLIPS E. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10 Sterndale House, Clapham Com. (*1906)(*1907)(*1910), London
 

PHILLIPS E. C.

 

 

Image of an upright pianoforte on an advertisement,The Palace Journal, 13/08/1890, p. 4

 

 

"E. C. Phillips & Co.'s First Class - Pianofortes & Organs For cash or on easy terms. From 10/6 Month. A Liberal Discount for Cash. Every instrument garanteed for 15 years. Extensive showrooms : 415, Mare Street, Hackney. Pianofortes Tuned and Repaired [...] at Moderate Charges. Estimates free. Established 1855." The Palace Journal, 13/08/1890, p. 4

 

'Pianoforte-maker' since 1855

E. C. PHILLIPS & Co (*1890)

PHILLIPS Henry (**1891)

PHILLIPS H. C. (*1893)

PHILLIPS E. C. & Co (*1914)(*1915)(*1917)

PHILLIPS G. (19??)

End : 1927

415, Mare Street, Hackney (*1890), All Saint's Street (**1891), 1, Penton Street, Pentonville, N. (*1893), 415, Mare Street, Hackney, N.E. (*1914)(*1915)(*1917), London
PHILLIPS Howard Morley & Co Pianoforte-makers and/or pianoforte dealers ca. 1901 5, Aberdeen buildings, High Street, Bromley (**1901), London
PHILLIPS John  

1850 - "Notice is hereby given, that the partnership heretofore carried on between us subsisting between us undersigned, Edwin Hyrons and John Phillips, as Piano-Forte-Manufacturers, carrying on bussiness at N° 29, John-Street, Tottenham-court-road, in the county of Middlesex, was dissolved by mutual consent as from the 31st day of december 1849. - Dated this 15th day of January 1850. Edwin Hyrons. J. Phillips." The London Gazette, 18/01/1850, p. 164

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1850

 HYRONS & PHILIPPS (xx1850)

 

29, John Street, Tottenham Court Road, Middlesex (xx1850), London
PHILLIPS & PAGE Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1906-10 8, Oxford Market, W. (*1906)(*1907)(*1910), London
PHILLIPS Walter  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1901-19

PHILLIPS Walter & Co (*1917)

PHILLIPS Walter & Co Ltd. (*1918)(*1919)

 

83, High Street, Putney, S.W. (**1901)(**1904)(*1906)(*1907)(*1910), 102, High Street, Putney, S.W. (*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919), London
PHILLIPS William A. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1803-25  

Little Tower Hill (*1803), Manor Row, Tower Hill (*1807)(*1808), Manor Row, Little Tower Hill (**1822), 9, Mann's Row, Little Towerhill (x1825), London

 

PIANO FACTORIES Ltd. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1914 24, Princess Street, Cavendish Square, W. (*1914), London
PICKETT Joseph  

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1841-52

PICKETT & Co (x1842)

PICKETT Joseph & Co (**1852)

 

58, [Up] Marylebone Street (**1841)(x1842)(*1843)(**1852), London
PIKINS J. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1893 69, Southampton Street, Pentonville (*1893), London
PILCHER William 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1842 23, Upper Belgrave Place, Pimlico (x1842), London
PILLOW T. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1895-97 43, Kentish Town Road, N.W. (*1895)(*1897), London
PINKER Thomas Joseph  

BRAND

DUCK Son & PINKER made pianomarks like BRISTOL

 
 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1883-1910

DUCK Son & PINKER (*1883)(*1903)(*1906)(*1909)(*1910), see DUCK

 

 

1-6, Pulteney Bridge (*1883), Bath

1, Royal Promenade, Clifton (*1903)(*1906)(*1909), 78, Queens Road (*1910), Bristol

Queens Ed (*1929), Clifton

 

PINNELL Edward Joseph & Co 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1914-15 Eaton Works, Wedmore Street, Upper Holloway, N. (*1914)(*1915), London
 

PINNOCK William

(ca. 1782 - 1843)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images of pianofortes of an advertisement in 1822, The history and topography of Cumberland: with biographical sketches, &c, William Pinnock, 1822, p. 76-80

 

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DIAPHONIC PIANO-FORTE.

1824 - "THE DIAPHONICON.
Among the inventions and improvements of musical instruments, it was only the other day that we heard one, to which the above name lias been given, at the rooms of Mr. Pinnock, the patentee of this fine and powerful instrument. The Specification gives the following statement:—

The Diaphonicon apparatus is so placed that the interior flexible substances they are covered with may receive the vibrations from the strings when sounded, aided by the sound-boards; aud, by reverberating them between the two flexible surfaces, and through the agency of the columns of air therein interposed, greatly improve the quantity of the tones produced from the instruments, and communicate them, thus improved, through the exterior flexible vibrating surfaces, to the auditor.
From this we observe that the novelty in the Diaphonicon consists, chiefly, ofadiaphonic screen (with double surfaces, and enclosing volumes of air,) which acts around the strings when they are struck, on a similar principle to that of sounding-boards in other cases. But however constructed, we can say that the effect produced is extraordinary. The tones are wonderfully augmented in force and richness; and there is a grandeur in them which we had thought could only belong to the noblest organs. In other respects it seemed to be performed upon with as much facility as the piano-forte, which it resembles in size; and to be capable of the same slight turns and niceties of expression. Upon the whole we were greatly delighted with the invention, which certainly deserves the most earnest attention of the musical world. We should mention that this instrument is entirely distinct from the beautiful Euphonon, of which we formerly gave a description, and for which the amateurs of sweet music are also indebted to the ingenuity and enterprise of Mr. Pinnock." The Literary Gazette: A Weekly Journal of Literature, Science, and ..., Volume 8, 1824, p. 748

1825 - "Numerous as have been the attempts to improve the piano-forte since its original invention, such attempts have been in general wholly limited to its mechanical construction; while the scientific investigation of the philosophical principles of musical sound has either been entirely neglected, or so imperfectly understood by the manufacturer, as to render nugatory his most assiduous efforts to produce a perfect instrument. Yet, with so palpable an omission as the nonattention to this principal source from which perfection of tone can be derived, the piano-forte has obtained deserved celebrity, and now ranks among those inventions which charm the ear and contribute to the elegant amusements of polished society. The period has at length arrived, when the fallacy of attempting to attain perfection by improvements, however ingenious, if purely mechanical, is exploded; and the Science Of Sounds has accordingly been studied with a degree of interest proportionate to the result which has been sought. Repeated experiments, founded on scientific theory, has fully realized the most sanguine expectation; and the proprietor of the "Patent Diaphonic Piano-forte" has come before the public with an invention for increasing and enriching the quality of musical sounds, wholly differing from any that ever preceded it. Only an intimate knowledge of the powerful effect capable of being produced by the combined aid of reciprocated sounds, could have given birth to this improvement, which has been submitted to the musical world, and stood the test of the most scrupulous examination. (see next )

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' and publisher ca. 1820-50

DIAPHONIC PIANO-FORTE.
(continuation)

The novel means employed by Mr. Pinnock, the inventor of this instrument, for increasing the power of musical sound, is not attended with any counteracting inconvenience. Elastic surfaces and the volumes of air which they inclose, as employed in this invention, are, like the sounding boards of musical instruments, capable of reciprocating to every variety of musical sound, without retaining the resonance longer than the original sounds exist; the accumulated power is therefore rendered completely subservient to the performer, and he may manage it at his will, so as to produce the most varied shades of expression.
Another merit of the diaphonic piano-forte is, that while the richness or volume of tone is so very materially increased, a most effectual barrier is raised, by the aid of the same principle, against the transmission of noise (caused by the percussion of the hammer), and that the voice of the singer, instead of being deadened by the opposition of a non-elastic substance, is both sweetened and reinforced." Concert room and orchestra anecdotes of music and musicians ..., Volume 3, 1825, p. 211-213

"PATENT DIAPHONIC PIANO FORTE. The piano forte, certainly one of the sweetest and most elegant of musical instruments, of late years has been in a state of progressive improvement. The first stringed instrument played with keys, was the virginal, on which Queen Elizabeth was considered to be an able performer. The harpsichord succeeded, which was an improvement on the virginal. In the first of these inventions, the wires were struck with hammers, which not quickly springing therefrom, even with the lightest touch, had the effect of deadening the tone. in the second, the strings were struck by a quill, fixed on a jack, which being more elastic, in a great measure remedied this defect; vet the mechanism retained somewhat of a scratching noise, and rendered the instrument imperfect. In the piano forte, the strings are struck by hammers of such a construction, as to produce a quality of tone superior to the harpsichord, which quitting the string entirely, leaves it free to vibrate. The piano forte was invented by Christopher Gottlieb Schroeter, a native of Holstein, whose first model of this instrument was exhibited about the year 1721. Among the recent improvements of the piano forte, is that for which Mr. Pinnock of London, has obtained a patent. This however, is not dependent on any mechanical alteration of the structure, but simply operating in an extension of the tone, by an ingenious apparatus fitted to the front, back, and top of the instrument. This draphomc addenda. augments the sound to a wonderful extent, so that by its application the small cabinet piano forte, derives a volume and intensity of tone. surpassing the largest instruments, by a scale that cannot fail to surprise. This effect is produced by a sort of diaphonic screen, having double surfaces, which being elastic, and enclosing Volumes of air, act as the sounding boards of musical instruments, and are capable of reciprocating to every variety of musical sound¢ without retaining the resonance longer than the original sounds exist; the accumulated power is therefore rendered completely subservient to the performer, who may manage it at will, to produce the most varied shades of expression. The inventor truly observes, that while the richness or volume of tone is so materially increased, a most effectual barrier is raised by the aid of the same principle, against the transmission of noise, (caused by the percussion of the hammer) and that the voice of the singer, instead of being deadened by the opposition of a non-elastic substance, as in the usual or common instruments, is greatly ameliorated.” The sound is not only increased to an extraordinary extent, by this process, but the tone acquires proportionate richness; and wedoubt not but this improvement will amply repay the inventor for his meritorious, and very useful discovery. This diaphoriic principle, has a particular advantage, as it may be easily applied to piano fortes of every construction." The Minerva; Or, Literary, Entertaining, and Scientific Journal ..., Volume 2, 1825, p. 122

 

267, St. Clements Church Yard, Strand (*1821)(*1822)(*1824)(ca. 1840), London
PITT & HATZFELD 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1893 62, Berners Street, W. (*1893), London
PLENIUS Roger  

Patent of 1741 : "Dec. 30, 1741.— Roger Plenius. Ivory and tortoise-shell plectra." The History of the Pianoforte, Edgar Brinsmead, 1879, p. 193 (archive.org)

Patent of 1745 : "July 10, 1745.— Roger Plenius. Harp stop and bushed keys." The History of the Pianoforte, Edgar Brinsmead, 1879, p. 193 (archive.org)

 

'Musical Instrument Maker' ? ca. 1741-45 London ?
PLIMBLEY D. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. ?? London
PLUMBLY James 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1874 81, Median Road, Lower Clapton, E. (**1874), London
 

PLUMP Thomas Luis

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1850-62

OETZMANN Frederick & PLUMB Thomas Luis (1850-62), see also OETZMANN

 

 

 London

 

 

POCOCK James

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1852-1915

POCOCK James & Son (**1882)(**1891)

POCOCK James & Sons (*1915)

 

 

 41, Westbourne Grove, Bausw., W. (**1852), 103, Westbourne Grove, W. (**1882)(**1891)(**1895), 23a, Chepstow mansions, Chepstow Place, Bayswater, W. (*1915), London

 

POHLMANN Edward  

LONDON - "3452 Pohlmann & SON, Halifax. — Grand upright action, oblique, and pianos, with three unisons, &c.; piano made in 1773." International exhibition, 1862 : Official catalogue of the industrial department, 1862, p. 54

LONDON - "Messrs. Pohlmann and Son (3452) are country makers, manufacturing instruments on an extensive scale at Halifaz, in Yorkshire. They are descendants of one of the earliest makers of this instrument in England, and they exhibit the instrument alluded to in the Report of the Exhibition for 1851, on which Gliick is said to have composed his Armida and other works; the inscription on the namcboard is “Johannes Pohlmann, Londini, fecit, 1773." They exhibit two good upright pianos, and the Jury encourage with pleasure the country manufacturers by awarding them a Medal for excellence of tone and workmanship." Reports by the Juries on the subjects in the thirty-six classes into which ..., 1862, p. 148

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' since 1832

POHLMANN & Son (*1862)

POHLMAN F. & Sons (??)

End : 1928

Patent of 1860 : "789. Edward Pohlman, of Halifax, in the County of York, Pianoforte Maker, for an invention for Improvements in those musical instruments known as German concertinas. Letters Patent sealed." Chronological and Descriptive Index of Patents Applied for and Patents, 1861, p. 54

Exhibitors List London, 1862

 

Halifax, York
 

POHLMANN Johannes

 

 

 

 

Square pianoforte n°234, hammerfluegel.info

 

 

Square pianoforte ca. 1780, hammerfluegel.info

 

Nameplates of a square pianofortes, hammerfluegel.info

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Square pianoforte n° 234 of 1769, hammerfluegel.info
Square pianoforte of 1769, Mrs. R. L. Fisher, Jacksonville, F.L., U.S.
Square pianoforte of 1770-1790, Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, Dearborn, M.I., U.S.
Square portable piano of 1770, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, England, U.K.
Square pianoforte ca. 1770, Collection Chateau des Ormes, France
Square pianoforte of 1770, Museu da Musica, Lisbon, Portugal
Square pianoforte of 1771, Henry Watson Collection of Musical Instruments; Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England, U.K.
Square pianoforte of 1771, its nameplate, The Nydahl Collection, Stiftelsen Musikkulturens Främjande, Stockholm, Sweden
Square pianoforte of 1771, MIM, Brussels, Belgium
Square pianoforte converted to clavichord of 1772, Present owners unknown
Square pianoforte of 1773, Present owners unknown
Square pianoforte of 1773, Swedish Museum of Performing Arts, Stockholm, Sweden
Square pianoforte of 1774, Mim, Brussels, Belgium

Square pianoforte of 1774, Present owners unknown
Square pianoforte of 1776, Present owners unknown
Square pianoforte ca. 1776, Plumley Collection, London, England, U.K.
Square pianoforte ca. 1780, Marlow A. Sigal Collection, Newton Centre, M.A., U.S.
Square pianoforte of 1780, Present owners unknown
Square pianoforte of 1780, hammerfluegel.info

PHOTOS EXTRA

Square pianoforte ca. 1770

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'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1769-84

One of the 'twelve apostles'

"Pohlman, whose instruments were very inferior in tone, fabricated an almost infinite number for such as Zumpe was unable to supply." Encyclopaedia Londinensis, 1819, p. 374

POHLMANN
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ARTICLES

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London
PORDES & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1884 31, Watling Street, E.C. (**1884), London
PORTER Edward Pianoforte-maker and/or piano dealer ca. 1834-37 35, Lowerhead Row (x1834)(*1837), Leeds
PORTER George W. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1891 158, London Road, Croydon (**1891), London
PORTMAN PIANOFORTE & Co 'Pianoforte-makers' ca. 1882

Manager : C. HELBY (**1882)

6, Lower Seymour Street, W.(**1882), London
POTTER John Jennings

 

Patent of 1862 : "2384. And to John Jennings Potter, of No. 3, New Bridge, Dover, for the invention of “improvements in upright pianofortes." The London Gazette: The Appointed Organ for All Announcements of the ..., 1862, p. 437

 
 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1862

 

3, New Bridge (**1862), Dover
POTTER R.  

'Musical Instrument Makers' ca. 1794-1822

POTTER R. (*1794)

POTTER R. & Son (*1803)

POTTER R. & Son (**1822)

 

5, Johnson's Court, Fleet Street (*1794)(*1803)(**1822), London
POTTER Samuel 'Musical Instrument Maker' ca. 1818-22 20, King Street, Westminster(*1818)(**1822), London
POULTER J. R. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1907-09 545, Commercial Road, E. (*1907)(*1909), London
POWELL Francis  

Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882-95

POWELL Francis (**1882)(**1884)(**1891)(**1895)

 

48, George Street, Euston Square, N.W. (**1884), 47-48, George Street, Euston Square, N.W. (**1882)(**1891)(**1895), London
POWELL Henry  

'Organ builder & Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1863

Dollar Street (**1863), Gloucester
POWELL Henry M.  

Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1884

London Street (**1884), Basingstoke
POWER James  

'Musical Instrument Maker' ca. 1822

 

3, Burlington Arcade (**1822), London
POWER James 'Musical Instrument Maker' ca. 1818-22 34, Strand (*1818), 5, Johnson's Court, Fleet Street (**1822), London
PRESCOTT Arthur Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1904 91, Maxey Road, Plumstead, S.E. (**1904), London
PRESIDENT  

BRAND

Pianos made by Sydney ZENDER & Co

 

London
PRESTON John & Son

(? - 1798)

 

Square pianoforte ca. 1790-98, Metropolian Museum of Art, New York, N.Y., U.S.

 

 

'Musical Instrument makers' ca. 1774-1798

 

NECROLOGY

1798 - "Died. - [...] In an advanced age, Mr. Preston, musical instrument maker, and music-seller, in the Strand. He was allowed to be the best guitarmaker in the kingdom, and the original inventor of tuning that instrument with a watchkey." Monthly Magazine and British Register, Volume 5, January, 1798, p. 69

 

[97], Strand (**1793)(*1794)(*1798), London
PRESTON Thomas  

Square pianoforte ca. 1798, Margaret Cranmer Collection, Cambridge, England, U.K.
Square pianoforte n° 223 ca. 1800, sold by Sotheby's, Present owners unknown
Square pianoforte n° 4054 ca. 1815, sold by Sotheby's, Present owners unknown
Square pianoforte ca. 1815, Present owners unknown

 

'Musical Instrument makers' ca. 1798-1825

Son of John PRESTON, here above.

PRESTON Thomas, 'Wholesale Musical Instrument Maker (*1803)

97, Strand (*1802)(*1803)(**1822), London
PRICE George  

Patent of 1868 : "Price. 16th May 1868. - 1616. George Price, of Dover Street, Ryde, for an invention for improvements in pianos and other keyed musical instruments. Letters Patent sealed." Chronological index of patents applied for and patents granted ..., 1869, p. 112

 

'Pianoforte maker' ? ca. 1869 Dover Street, Ryde (*1868), London
PRICE John  

"John PRICE | Late Jones & Co | Upright, Cabinet, Grand and Square Piano Forte Maker | Royal Highness The Prince Regent, 91, Charlotte Str. Fitzroy Sqr. | London

 

'Improved Piano forte maker' ca. 1818-25

Successor of JONES & Co, London.

91, Charlotte Street, Rathbone Place (*1818)(x1825), London
PRIESTLEY Frederick

 

Grand pianoforte ca. 1860, designed by Edward Burne Jones, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England, U.K.

Patent of 1856 : "Dated April 16, 1856. - 905. Frederick Priestley, of Cleveland-street, Fitzroy-square, Middlesex, pianoforte manufacturer. Improvements in pianofortes." Iron: An Illustrated Weekly Journal for Iron and Steel ..., Volume 64, 1856, p. 477

 

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1852-62

LONDON - "3433 Priestley, F. 15, Berners-st. W. — Syren pianos." International exhibition, 1862 : Official catalogue of the industrial department, 1862, p. 54

LONDON - "Messrs. Moore and Priestly have Honourable Mention for goodness and cheapness." Reports by the Juries on the subjects in the thirty-six classes into which ..., 1862, p. 148

Exhibitors List London, 1862

2 1/2, Cleveland Street, Fitzroy Square, Middlesex (**1852), Cleveland Street, Fitzroy Square, Middlesex (*1856), 15, Berners Street, W. (*1862), London
PRIESTLEY & Son 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1882-93

PRIESTLEY & Sons (**1884)

 

15, Edward Street, Hampstead Road, N.W. (**1882)(**1884), 18-[19-20]-21, Robert's Mews, Hampstead Road, N.W. (**1882)(**1884), 9, Southampton Buildings, Euston Street, Euston Square, N.W. (*1893), London

 

PRIESTLEY & Sons Pianoforte-makers and/or piano dealers ca. 1910 71-73, Colmor Row (*1910), Birmingham
PRINGLE Archibald 'Spinet & Pianoforte maker' ca. 1760-85  London
PRIOR M. 'Piano Forte Manufacturerr' ca. 1805-08 (2) 33, Upper Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square (*1807)(*1808), London
PROUTING R. 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1842 5, North Street, Fitzroy Square  (x1842), London
PROWSE 'Musical Instrument maker' ca. 1818 Wenlock Street (*1818), London
PRUCHNER 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. ?? London
PRUDIE Henry & Co 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1891 45, Duncan Terrace, N. (**1891), London
PRYCE Richard O. Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1919 354, Lillie Road, Fulham, S.W. (*1919), London
PUGH Charles Henry Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1916-19 64, High Street, W. Nrwd., S.E. (*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919), London
PUGH Joseph & Son 'Pianoforte-maker' (date ?) London
PULL & FIELD
| FULD
'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1891-1910  

Greenland Place, Camden Town, N.W. (**1891), Grange Park Road, Gospel Oak (*1893), [7], Greenland Place, H. street, N.W. (*1895)(**1895)(*1897)(*1903), 84, Leighton Road, N.W. (*1906)(*1909)(*1910), London

 

PUNTER John & co  

Pianoforte-maker and/or pianoforte dealer ca. 1910

 

2, Old Market Street (*1910), Bristol
PURSLOE FISHER  

Patent of 1855 : "2642. John Pursloe Fisher, of Edgbaston, near Birmingham, Warwick. Certain improvements in the construction of the hammers of pianofortes." The Mechanics' Magazine, Volume 63, 1855, p. 574

 

'Pianoforte-maker' ? ca. 1855  

Edgbaston, near Birmingham, Warwick

 

PYLE Henry 'Pianoforte-maker' ca. 1917-19 7, Gillespie Road, Finsbury Park, N. (*1917)(*1918)(*1919), London
PYNOCK James 'Pianoforte Manufactory' ca. 1823-43 40, Museum Street, Bloomsbury (*1823), 38, Museum Street Bloomsbury (x1825)(**1841)(x1842)(*1843), London
PYRKE Charles Henry 'Pianoforte-maker' since 1895  

2, Cottenham Road, Upper Holloway, N. (**1904), 2-4, Cottenham Road, Upper Holloway, N. (*1916)(*1917)(*1918)(*1919), London

 

 

 

(**1793): 'Wakefield's Merchant and Tradesman's General Directory for London', 1793, Preston p. 248, Peckham p. 238

(*1794): 'Kent's Directory for the Year 1794. Cities of London and Westminster, & Borough of Southwark', 1794 (londonancestor.com)

(*1798): 'Monthly Magazine and British Register', Volume 5, January, 1798, p. 69

(*1802): 'The Repertory of Arts and Manufactures, Volume 16, 1802, p. 44

(*1803): 'Kent's Directory', 1803 Potter p. 159, Phillips p. 156, Preston p. 161

(*1807): 'The Post office London directory', 1807, p. (Phillips) 209+(Prior) 216 (babel.hathitrust.org)

(*1808): 'Post Office Annual Directory', 1808, p. 226+233 (Specialcollections.le.ac.uk)

(*1818): 'Johnstone's London Commercial Guide, and Street Directory; on a New and More ...', 1818, p. 118+265+279+428

(**1818): 'The Poll Book, for Electing Two Representatives in Parliament for the City and Liberty of Westminster', 1818

(*1821): 'The Literary Chronicle and Weekly review, for 1821', p. 416

(**1822): 'History, Directory & Gazetteer, of the County of York', 1822, p. 34

(*1823): 'Kent's Original London Directory', 1823

(*1824): 'The Law Advertiser', 09/1824, p. 300

(x1825): 'Pigot & Co.'s new commercial directory of Scotland for 1825', p. 907-908 (digital.nls.uk)

(x1834): 'Pigot's Directory of 1834' (genuki.org.uk)

(*1837): 'Pigot and co.'s national commercial directory of the whole of Scotland', 1837, Aberdeen p. 186, Edinburgh p. 98, Liverpool p. 78, Leeds p. 54, Newcastle p. 126

(*1839): 'The Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal', Volume 2, 1839, p. 318

(*1841): 'The Law Journal for the Year 1841', p. 63

(**1841): 'Post Office London Directory', 1841, p. 807

(x1842): 'Robson's London Directory', 1842, p. 1598 -1599(archive.org)

(*1843): 'The Post Office London Directory', 1843

(*1847): 'The Musical World', Volume 22, 1847, p. 675

(*1849): 'The Mechanics' Magazine', 06/01/1849, p. 24

(**1849): 'The Artizan', Volume 7, 1849, p. 135

(xx1850): 'The London Gazette', 18/01/1850, p. 164

(**1852): 'Post Office London Directory', 1852

(*1853): 'The Lancet London : A Journal of British and Foreign Medicine ...', Volume 1, 1853, p. 354

(*1856): 'Chronological index of patents applied for and patents granted of ...', 1856, p. 10

(**1856): 'Iron: An Illustrated Weekly Journal for Iron and Steel ...', Volume 64, 1856, p. 477

(*1858): 'Annuaire-almanach du commerce, de l'industrie, de la magistrature et de l'administration : ou almanach des 500.000 adresses de Paris, des départements et des pays étrangers : Firmin Didot et Bottin réunis', 1858, p. 2249

(*1862): 'International exhibition, 1862 : Official catalogue of the industrial department', 1862, p. 54

(**1862): 'The London Gazette: The Appointed Organ for All Announcements of the ...', 1862, p. 437

(***1863): 'The Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and ...', 1863, p. 461

(*1868): 'Chronological index of patents applied for and patents granted ...', 1868, p. 210

(**1868): 'The Woburn Directory', 1868

(**1870): 'The 'Handbook' to the manufacturers & exporters of Great Britain', 1870, p. 367

(*1872): 'Journal of the Society of Arts', Volume 20, 1872, p. 889

(**1874): 'Post Office Directory of Middlesex', 1874, p. 501

(*1875): 'The Commercial directory of Liverpool, and shipping guide', 1875, Aberdeen p. 434, Dewsbury p. 656, London p. 608, Coventry p. 582, Bradford p. 567, Liverpool p. 274

(**1882): 'Post Office London Directory', 1882, p. 412-413

(*1883): 'Kelly's Directory of Somersetshire: With the City of Bristol', 1883, p. 546

(**1884): 'Business Directory of London', 1884, p. 618-619

(*1890): 'The Palace Journal', 13/08/1890, p. 4

(**1891): 'Post Office London Trades Directory', 1891, p. 480-481

(*1893): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique et musical', 1893, p. 656-664 (Gallica)

(*1895): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique et musical', 1895, p. 717-718 (Gallica)

(**1895): 'Post Office London Directory, 1895, p. 2038-2039

(**1896): 'Kelly's London Suburban Directory', 1896, p. 954-955

(*1897): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique et musical', 1897, p. 834-841 (Gallica)

 

 

(**1901): 'Kelly's London Suburban Directory', 1901, p. 1050-1051

(*1903): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique et musical', 1903, p. 1103-1110 (Gallica)

(**1904) : 'Post Office London County Suburbs Directory', 1904, p. 1129-1130

(*1906): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique', 1906, p. 1091-1100 (Gallica)

(*1907): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique et musical', 1907, p. 1094-1104 (Gallica)

(*1909): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique et musical', 1909, p. 1105-1113 (Gallica)

(*1910): 'Annuaire des artistes et de l'enseignement dramatique et musical', 1910, p. 1144-1153 (Gallica)

(*1914): 'Post Office London Directory', 1914, p. 1837-1838

(*1915): 'Post Office London Directory', 1915, p. 1796-1797

(*1916): 'Post Office London County Suburbs Directory', 1916, p. 606

(*1917): 'Post Office London County Suburbs Directory', 1917, p. 592-593

(*1918): 'Post Office London County Suburbs Directory', 1918, p. 571-572

(*1919): 'Post Office London County Suburbs Directory', 1919, p. 555

(1): 'Histoire de piano de 1700 à 1950', Mario Pizzi, 1983

(2): 'Makers of the Piano 1700-1820' and 'Makers of the Piano 1820-1860', Martha Novak Clinkscale, 1993

 

 
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