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.

Our 2015 catalogue is now out!
Cavendish pianos 2015 catalogue has been published. View it online or download it (right click) here.


Opera North
Cavendish pianos is delighted to be partnering with Opera North in a series of concerts. A Cavendish grand piano accompanies Opera North at Harewood House and Rudding Park this summer.


Cavendish pianos are subject of scientific research project at Southampton University.
Cavendish pianos are delighted to be helping a major research project into the acoustic properties of piano soundboards.

A set of piano soundboards are being shipped to the research laboratories at Southampton University to undergo testing. Here is a brief resume of the project…
By Giacomo Squicciarini
Our effort will be mainly focused on measuring and predicting soundboard radiation efficiency. To measure radiation efficiency we have recently developed at ISVR a method based on vibro-acoustic reciprocity in a reverberant room and we have successfully applied it to flat aluminium plate, curved panels and rails (we do lot of railway noise research). The method is based on two subsequent steps. First the average transfer mechanical mobility of the vibrating structure is measured in a generic lab and then the acoustic power (per unit input force) is measured in the reverberant room. The ratio between the two quantities gives the radiation efficiency of the structure, which is a function of frequency. In case of the piano soundboard it would be already interesting to apply the method to a single soundboard and discuss the result in comparison with numerical model predicting the same quantity (see below). Even better could be measuring radiation efficiency on more than one soundboard type and compare the results in the attempt of finding possible correlations between our measurements and the opinion that experienced musicians have on the pianos these soundboard are mounted on.

David Owen Norris, professor at the Royal College of music and also of Southampton University is acting as musical advisor to the project.
We look forward to the results with great anticipation!

Thank you!
Cavendish pianos are proud to announce that their Contemporary 121 piano won the award in the "Best Acoustic Piano" category at the Music Industries Association Awards 2014. In a strong shortlisted field including a Yamaha Piano, Cavendish were delighted to take the award and it is the first time in many years that a British made piano has received this accolade. The award is the most prestigious in Europe for piano makers. Many thanks to all who voted for us.

"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.