British and beautiful...

Cavendish pianos are made in Britain using a wide range of world-class British materials for the highest quality pianos.

Handmade by experts...

Cavendish pianos are committed to make use of the wealth of expert piano-making skills that still exists in Britain today.

Handmade by experts...

Cavendish pianos are committed to make use of the wealth of expert piano-making skills that still exists in Britain today.

The Classic Sound of the Drawing Room...

The distinctive, mellow, classic European tone. Cavendish pianos use Renner Hammers, which are used on the world's finest pianos.

The Classic Sound of the Drawing Room...

The distinctive, mellow, classic European tone. Cavendish pianos use Renner Hammers, which are used on the world's finest pianos.

The Natural Tone of Wood...

German made Struntz soundboard. Made from European high grade spruce, which is used on the world's finest pianos.

Historic joint-venture for British piano makers.



Broadwood, the world's oldest piano manufacturer and holder of the Royal Warrant as piano makers to Her Majesty the Queen is set to go into partnership with Cavendish Pianos.

In a historic deal, Britain's last remaining piano manufacturers are due to join forces.
The joint-venture is due to be launched at Frankfurt music fair this March.
Cavendish, based in Yorkshire, will be working with Broadwood chairman Dr Alistair Lawrence to produce the distinctive Broadwood brand of piano. Dr Laurence, who has ties with Broadwood that go back to the year 1787, said "I am delighted that we are joining forces with Cavendish which will enable us to keep up with rising demand from abroad and continue our illustrious 286 year history."
Broadwood pianos are famous the world over and have been played by the great composers throughout history. Mozart, Beethoven and Holst all played Broadwood Pianos. The world's most valuable piano is Beethoven's Broadwood piano built in 1817.

The range of Broadwood Pianos will be displayed at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in March 2014.

Come and visit us at The European piano salon, Forum 1, Stand E04 12th-15th March.


"Jamie Cullum's thoughts on Cavendish..."


Tradition

There is a tradition of piano making in Britain which stretches back over 200 years. Many of history's greatest composers owned and played British pianos; Chopin, Liszt, J.C. Bach among many others. In "The golden age of piano making" Britain boasted 360 piano makers at the turn of the century which supplied the entire globe. Sadly, this great industry has now all but disappeared from our shores. Notably in April 2003 The British Piano Manufacturing Co. and in October 2009 Kemble Pianos closed their gates for the last time.

Cavendish piano keyboard with tools

Craftsman's Co-operative

Award winning Cavendish Pianos, based in Yorkshire, are resurrecting the lost art of piano making in Britain through the creation of a Craftsman's Co-operative.  Piano Builders, Action specialists, Stringers, Cabinet-makers, Polishers, and PianoTuners all exist in this country.
Through the Craftsman's Co-operative these skills have been pooled together to create a single finished product. Thus, rather than being produced in one factory, Cavendish Pianos are made by a series of small businesses each with their own speciality. This promotes a higher degree of efficiency, less waste and more integrity and pride in each individual aspect of the piano's make-up. 
Craftsmanship-based small businesses in the UK are often finding themselves marginalized by mass-produced imported goods. Cavendish Pianos supports home-grown business and believes such firms can be competitive, have a part to play and a real future. 
Many components also continue to be made in this country. British felts and cloths are widely regarded as the worlds finest. String-makers still exist who have learned the specialized skill of hand winding piano strings have practised all their lives. British oak, ash and walnut is used for components and cabinets. A high grade hammer and British made strings and design give Cavendish Pianos their distinctive classic, European tone. This is a far cry from the harsh Japanese tone of many mass-produced pianos. In many ways taste in tone has gone full circle as we see a tendency for people to prefer a more mellow, sweeter, traditional sound.

Our Patrons

 

Cavendish pianos patrons

 

Our patrons, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire (Cavendish) have a long illustrious history as patrons of the arts, and music in particular.

The building of Cavendish Pianos takes place on the beautiful Bolton Abbey Estate.

We are indebted to them for their continued support.