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Feb

Slow boat to China

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Looking back in the history books it appears this will be the first time a new, British-made Grand piano has been exported to China for nearly half a century. Cavendish pianos was founded five years ago after the closure of Kemble Pianos, the U.K.’s last remaining manufacturer. Owner Adam Cox says, “We felt it was a case of ‘do or die’ for British piano manufacturing so we stepped into the breach and Cavendish Pianos was born.” Two years ago Cavendish exhibited at the Shanghai Musical Instrument Show and found a Chinese distributor for their pianos based in Beijing. Since then they have successfully exported many upright pianos to China. Then Cavendish were asked if they […]

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24
Oct

Cavendish Pianos nominated for “Best Piano Award”: David and Goliath?

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Cavendish pianos amazed the piano world last year by bagging the coveted “best piano award” at the Music industry association awards. Why did this cause amazement? Perhaps because the small British company saw off competition from the likes of Yamaha and a firm based in China which claims to be the largest piano factory ever. Small certainly is beautiful for the Yorkshire-based company which turns out around 50 pianos per year (Less than half an hour’s output from the largest piano factory in the world!) But the emphasis here is on quality rather than quantity. 2015 sees Cavendish on the shortlist again with its Chatsworth model. This model epitomises is all that can be achieved […]

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27
Feb

Cavendish Pianos really are in a field of their own

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The Times, February 27 2013 [original article] Harrods may no longer sell pianos, but there’s still a future for the old joanna — in an idyllic Yorkshire dale When Harrods closed its piano department this month, brusquely declaring that pianos “no longer warranted the space”, many commentators were quick to proclaim a symbolic moment. Out rolled the obituaries: yes, the old joanna has had a good run (Bartolomeo Cristofori made the first three centuries ago), but surely the rise of electronic keyboards has now rendered it as obsolete as the typewriter. The figures seem to justify the gloom. Fewer than 5,000 new “acoustic” pianos are sold in Britain each tear, compared with 20,000 in the 1980’s. […]

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20
Mar

Cowsheds resound with output of first British piano maker for 78 years

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Martin Wainwright The Guardian – Tuesday 20 March 2012 – Last modified on Wednesday 21 May 2014 (Original Article) Company based in Yorkshire Dales makes debut at European music fair in Frankfurt The great British industry of piano-making, which has dwindled to a handful of craftsmen turning out individual commissions, is about to welcome its first newcomer for 78 years. Based in a set of former cowsheds in the Yorkshire Dales, a team of experienced piano salesmen is travelling to Germany this week to launch the first of a range of uprights and grands which will have a production run of 50 in its first year. Cavendish pianos, named after the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, who own […]

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