Fredericus Beck Londini fecit 1780

The keyboard compass 5 octaves, FF-f3 (without FF#)
The case is in mahogany with inlaid lines. The register stops were replaced, probably a pedal (that went missing) and a knee lever.

Fredericus Beck, London 1780

Frederick Beck was one of the German instrument builders that came to London mid-18th. century. He started making pianos in the style/after Johannes Zumpe and got also famous with them. They were exported to amongst other France, Portugal, Germany and Sweden, where this one came to light some 40 years ago. Inside the case a pair of pliers was found. Michael Cole quotes in his book (The Pianoforte in the Classical Era) someone’s writing: “I ordered you a Zumpe piano with a hammer and a pair of pliers to twist your wire with.”

The miniature is of an unknown gentleman by Jeremiah Meyer, ca. 1780.

Miniature Meyer


The piano has not been restored yet, but is in almost original condition. The register stops are missing, having been replaced at some stage with a knee lever and a pedal. The very beautiful music stand may be a Swedish addition. 

Swedish(?) music stand
Pair of pliers ca. 1780