Like a piano, every business has its story; this is ours
In 1977 The business, (which was to become Courtney Pianos), was created by its founder, David Hogben, & started by offering a tuning service and minor repairs throughout Oxford. Courtney Pianos became registered, moved to its first workshop and started selling second-hand pianos to a range of clients.
In 1980, Courtney Pianos moved to a larger workshop about 5 miles South-West of Oxford. The quality of its restored pianos vastly improved, and began offering a complete piano restoration service.
In 1989, the firm was approached by Messrs. Haken & Bell Ltd, a large music shop with a view to merging the businesses in order to create a comprehensive piano-based concern.
Just 2 weeks before signing the contracts, in 1990, Haken & Bell went into receivership. Had the merger taken place, this could have been the end of Courtney Pianos too – a very lucky escape indeed!
In 1991, Courtney Pianos, led by David Hogben, opened its shop and workshop in Botley Road, Oxford. We increased our range of services to include selling new as well as traditional restored pianos. Piano hire was also introduced and sales of restored grands were actively promoted.
Today, the business continues to flourish, specialising in 1880s – 1940s pianos. We remain dedicated to our high standards of workmanship and careful monitoring of instruments offered for sale will hopefully ensure many future years of service to the world of pianos.