By Matt Micucci
The Edinburgh Piano company held its closing down sale on February 14, and sold off its collection of more than 100 pianos, one of the largest in the United Kingdom, for almost £375,000.
Stock was sold off for prices ranging from £104 to £48,880 and the highest priced item was a Bösendorfer grand piano from Vienna, dubbed the “Rolls Royce” of the instrument. Bidders packed the firm’s showroom in Edinburgh. Among them, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos. Bids were also called in from across the world, from China to the U.S.
The Edinburgh Piano Company was active for over 30 years, during which it supplied pianos for many famous musicians, from Tony Bennett to Van Morrison. It also provided a piano for Frank Sinatra’s concert at Glasgow’s Ibrox Stadium in 1990.
Firm owner James Cameron, who started the business in the early 1980s while studying musical instrument technology in the city, said he was delighted with the sale and stated that he now plans to set up a musical centre in his home town near Biggar in South Lanarkshire, Scotland and host jazz nights.