Piano manufacturing is back in the UK, thanks to Cavendish Pianos, which will be launching at Musikmesse.
The firm has been set up by dealer Adam Cox and Charlie McEwan who run Yorkshire Pianos in Wharfedale.
Cox says he was inspired to create a UK-manufactured brand after Yamaha shifted production of its Kemble brand to the Far East.
That left a gap in the market which Yorkshire Pianos hopes to exploit with the selection of family-focused instruments, ranging from small uprights to large grands, now being produced at its Beamsley Hill base, near Bolton Abbey.
The firm will be officially launched at Frankfurt Musikmesse.
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Cox said: “For a lot of people looking at buying a piano, their main question is ‘where was it made?’ And we think there must be lots of others who, like us, would like to know more about the production of their instrument and what materials were used. We've had a piano shop going on 20 years and I’ve always wanted to make pianos, so now we’ve seen there’s a gap in the market we’re going for it.
“There seems to be a feeling that, as a country, we can again produce great British goods and we believe there is a growing demand for them. We’ve been given a government grant for the stand because of our export potential and it would be great to sell some pianos to France, Germany or Italy.”
He added: “We are a tiny operation compared to the big boys and we’re doing a very small production run, but that means we can do things the Far Eastern manufacturers can’t.”