1975

THE BEGINNING: JR NORMAN

JR Norman was a physicist and professional concert piano tuner. His methodical mind, eternally striving to challenge and refine, began to observe a grand injustice. The supposedly master-built pianos he worked with were poor; for their imprecise construction, and inadequate sound. He set out to do better. In 1975, Mr. Norman founded 1066 Pianos. With an affinity for musicianship and a passion for perfection, he embraced the artisanship of traditional piano-making, with the meticulousness of a true scientist. Where other makers were set in their ways, 1066 led with innovation and Mr Norman quickly proved the sceptics wrong, engineering some of the finest-sounding and most articulately built masterpieces the piano world had ever seen.

1976

WORD GETS OUT

The operation needs more space to meet growing demand and moves to new workshop premises.

1983

FIRST EXPORT

First international order. An exquisite piano is shipped to a client in Uganda. It is to be the first of many…

1985

FIRST HIGH STREET STORE

First high street store opens in the world renowned university city of Cambridge, England.

1989

INTEREST INTENSIFIES

Interest intensifies and a new 2/3 acre site is found to accommodate a growing team of devoted artisans.

1994

PURPOSE BUILT WORKSHOPS

A dedicated 10,000 sq ft ‘state-of-the-art’ workshop is commissioned. Now anything is possible.

2005

SHOWROOM OPENS IN USA

Ian Norman emigrates to the USA and opens a store in Kalispell MT, near Glacier National Park.

2008

LAUNCH DESIGNER PIANO RANGE

‘Imagination is the only limit,’ becomes the mantra—as orders flood in for unique designer pianos.

2009

FIRST SUPERYACHT PIANO

1066 Pianos hit the high-seas. First superyacht piano installed on-board Sir Donald Gosling’s yacht, MY Leander.

2010

GOLDFINCH CONCEPT BORN

Despite the economic downturn, sales of bespoke pianos increase. A new expression of the 1066 spirit is conceived; a brand offering truly unique possibilities.

2015

GOLDFINCH BRAND LAUNCHED

Goldfinch is launched. It is the ultimate bespoke piano, handcrafted in Cambridge, England.