The business was founded in Grantham in 1867 by William White as a "Pianoforte and Harmonium Warehouse". George Sentance, who had trained with a major London piano factory, joined as a Partner in the 1890's and the business grew steadily to include shops in Melton Mowbray, Peterborough and Sleaford, and an Organ Works manufacturing pipe organs in addition to the piano showroom in Grantham. By the 1920's the firm was serving musicians throughout a large part of the East Midlands, covering Lincolnshire, Rutland, and parts of Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire.
This situation continued until the 1960's, but then as family members retired with no heirs to succeed them, the Peterborough and Melton branches closed, followed in 1983 by the Grantham shop. This left George's youngest great nephew, Geoffrey Sentance, running the Sleaford business, by then specialising entirely in piano sales and maintenance.
In 1987, 120 years after the firm was founded, Chris Winter joined Geoffrey as a partner after training with him for many years. He took over in 1996, when expansion to larger premises in the Victorian former Baptist Church allowed the firm once again to offer one of the largest selections of new and used pianos in the region. With Chris's son Luke now also working full-time in the business, the tradition of passing knowledge and skills from craftsman to apprentice continues, and the future of the firm looks assured for many years to come.
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