Built in Broadwood’s factory in central London in 1893, this is one of only six prototype barless grands that were made using a solid sheet of steel to form the frame.
The process was expensive, but achieved the objective of being able to remove the need for bars in the frame which necessarily disrupt the evenness of the tone of the notes either side of the bar.
Even though the strings are straight strung, the bass is tremendous with a fabulous even tone across the 88 note range. The inlaid decoration by Bessant was created to resemble a harpsichord and painted onto a Viennese red background.
Ultimately, the milled steel frame designed proved too costly for large scale manufacture and Broadwood opted for cast frames in later barless models.
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