The Cobbe Collection of Historic Keyboard Instruments

Includes the largest group of instruments owned or played by famous composers to be seen together anywhere in the world.

What is especially magical is that the collection is maintained in playing order to allow artists and audiences to experience the sounds that inspired composers. We are most grateful to the generous donors who have contributed to our Adopt an Instrument scheme.
We are especially grateful to The Chopin Society, London, for their generous undertaking to adopt Chopin’s piano for fifteen years and to The Elgar Society for their continuing adoption of Elgar’s piano.


Keeping instruments in playing order is an expensive business. We feel that it is vital that The Cobbe Collection Trust continues with this ideal, support us and donate today.

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Adopt an Instrument invites you to underwrite the maintenance and tuning of a particular instrument for one or more years.

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Donation for Annual Maintenance during 2018

  1. Zenti Harpsichord, 1622 – Adopted by the Meakin family
  2. Ruckers Harpsichord, 1636 – Mrs C. Rolls in memory of Rev’d. T. Rolls
  3. Virginals by John Player, 1664 – Adopted by Mr Peter Gillman
  4. Snetzler Organ, 1759 – Adopted by Mr David Hansell
  5. Zumpe Piano, 1769 £200
  6. Spanish or Portuguese clavichord £350
  7. Zumpe/JC Bach Piano, 1777-78 – Adopted by Mr Christopher Goode
  8. Spinet by Ferdinand Weber, 1780 £300
  9. Southwell half-moon table piano, c.1782-85 – Mr Geoffrey Ashby
  10. Hoffmann Clavichord, 1784 – Adopted by Mr Christoper Gold
  11. Marie Antoinette’s Piano, c.1786 – Adopted by Lady Lipworth CBE
  12. Shudi/Broadwood harpsichord, 1787 – Adopted by Ms Penny Meakin
  13. Hancock Piano, ‘Warranted by Mr Dibdin’, c.1790 – Ms Carolyne Roehm
  14. Grand piano by ‘pupil’ of Stein, c.1790 £500
  15. Southwell Square Piano, c. 1793-94 – Adopted by Mr Geoffrey Ashby
  16. Piano by John Bland, 1794 £350
  17. Piano by John Broadwood and Son, 1795 £350
  18. Anton Walter Piano, 1815 – Adopted by Mr Simon Pinniger
  19. Broadwood Piano signed by Cramer, 1816 – The Meakin family
  20. Conrad Graf piano, 1819-20 – Adopted by Mr Simon Pinniger
  21. Nanette Streicher grand piano, 1823 – Partly adopted by Mrs P. Grayburn
  22. Mahler’s Piano, 1836 – Adopted by an anonymous donor
  23. Jane Stirling’s Erard piano, 1843 – Adopted by Mrs M. Montclare
  24. Elgar’s Broadwood piano, 1848 – Adopted by the Elgar Society
  25. Erard piano, signed by Thalberg, 1845 Adopted by Mr Simon Pinniger
  26. Chopin’s Pleyel piano, 1848 – Adopted by the Chopin Society
  27. Broadwood, 1847, played by Chopin – Adopted by Mrs P. Littleton
  28. Steinway Grand Piano, 1864 £600
  29. Bizet’s composing table piano, 1855 – Adopted by Mrs R. Tuke
  30. Haydn’s Longman&Broderip piano, c.1794 -Adopted by Ms Carolyne Roehm
  31. Harpsichord by Ferdinand Weber, 1746 £750
  32. Piano by Ferdinand Weber, 1774 £300

 If you should decide to take part in this scheme, your adopted instrument will be displayed to the public with a notice stating that you have supported its maintenance and you will receive a complimentary pair of tickets to a concert of your choice (subject to availability).
Your name will appear as the adopter of the instrument in the succeeding published list of concerts and in the programme of any concert in which it is used.