I worked as an antiques restorer from 1978 until 2003 mainly concentrating on 18th
and 19th century furniture and will still undertake the occasional commission, though
trade has dropped off dramatically since then. I decided to diversify into Pianolas
after I was asked by a friend to restore an Autolean that had fallen into disrepair
some 25 years ago.
Bolstered by the success of that project and the pleasure that the refurbished Autolean
gave people, young and old alike, I decided to look for more to restore. Apart from
the Autolean, I have rebuilt many different makes including Aeolians (Standard, Pedal
and Electric Duo Arts), Higels, Steck 65 and 88 notes, an American made Howerd,
Hupfeld, Broadwood, Eastonola / Higels, Dagmar / Aeolian, Rachals / Kastner, Crane
/ Higels, Chappell / Higels, Autopiano, Melville Clark ‘Apollo’ 58 note push up,
Chicago built Starck, Cramer / Higel, Autopianos, Kimball Model F Spinet and currently
a Crane Autopiano and Broadwood / Higels.
Based in Northamptonshire I am well placed to travel all over the UK and Eire if
required, to view and estimate for repairs and rebuilds.