Click to Run the downloaded file. By clicking to run this downloaded file you agree to the Microsoft Service Agreement and Privacy Statement. These matter of sessay the words Adam and Charlie Cox, a husband and wife team running Yorkshire Pianos, found themselves saying to many of their customers looking for a new piano. When the Kemble factory closed in Milton Keynes a few years ago, it sounded the death knell for British pianos making.
It was the last remaining factory and when the gates closed for the final time skilled workers, some of whom had been involved in the piano industry all their lives, found themselves with nowhere to turn. Having traded for 15 years in Leeds as Headingley Pianos, the team searched for new premises to not only act as showroom, but also as piano manufacturing base. After well over a year’s searching they had almost given up looking. I knew immediately it was the right place for us as I peered through a window and saw a large barn of a room. Of course when they took it on it is was more like barn than a piano showroom and workshop but with the use of a bank loan and the help of local Wharfedale firms they were able to transform it and it is now perfect for their needs.
Situated just off the busy A59 at the foot of Beamsley Beacon with wonderful views in all directions it’s certainly an inspiring place to work. The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire paid them a visit early on and were interested and then excited at the prospect of a piano shop and manufacturing base on their estate at Bolton Abbey. Cavendish’ was the perfect name for our pianos, being the Duke and Duchess’ family name. We often talk in orchestral terms when describing piano sound. We are looking for woodwind with undertones of strings rather than brass.