The keyboard has ivory naturals and ebony accidentals and the action is the standard type for Zumpe which eventually developed into that of the modern pianoforte.

It is double strung throughout and has two hand-operated levers. The casework is entirely original including the lid and stand. It is the earliest square piano in England in its original condition.


Mrs Freda Shand Kydd, 1995; William Shand Kydd.

St Cecilia's Hall Museum of Instruments

Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1NQ
0131 650 2806

Opening times

Tues – Fri: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, last admission 4:30 pm.

Sat, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, last admission, 4:30 pm.

Saturdays in August: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, last admission 4:30 pm

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