In Louis Dreyfus acquired Chappell Music. Eavestaff serial numbers can be very confusing, almost as challenging as the Collard ones, but in a different way. They were unable to help me with any information, having lost their archives in the fire, so they passed on my enquiry to the late Frank Holland at the Musical Museum. It might seem logical that serial numbers should, by their very definition, run in a single, unbroken series starting from the first piano a company makes, and therefore represent the number of pianos that have been made up to any given point in the list. If they were lucky, they might live in a small terraced cottage and, of course, some of these were only one-up-one-down. Dale Forty pianos cannot be reliably dated by numbers, because they were made at several different factories, and on some pictures from their own catalogues, the name Cramer is faintly visible. In the s, the manufacture of Challen pianos was taken over by Brasted Brothers, of London, when they mainly made the model.
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You will see that, although very useful, the sequence is not entirely faultless, it includes some estimated dates of pianos, and some question marks.
A History of Chappell Pianos of Bond Street, London
Chappell then terminated their contracts and ran the Proms until when the BBC took them over. Harry Brasted established his factory inand by the early s, Brasted Brothers were making pianos for the trade, rarely displaying their own name. History is not just about Kings and Queens. Potter Ciprian says that Chappell's in Bond Street is now one of the best publishers. In earlier cottage pianos, the cylinder fall opened and folded back neatly into a piece known as the HOLLOW, which fitted it perfectly, but could result in a keyboard that was deeper front-to-back than the old cabinet pianos. Some still just had the imprint. A single reel of microfiche in the Manchester Archives includes Pigot's Manchester directories for, andbut pianow is very difficult to tell which part is which, and it seems to end illogically with the list, daring the most accurate description is "circa ".