By far the most common of these is the Challen baby grand, which measures between 4ft 4in and 5ft long. They vary a great deal and fluctuated in quality, the worst being passable and that best good. the 4ft 4in ones have a “simplex” action which was good when new or not extensively used, but wears more quickly than the normal roller action. Other good makes which are relatively common are Broadwood, Rogers, Chappell, Cramer and Steck . These also vary considerably. From about 1895 to 1910 Broadwood and Chappell made some very fine 5 to 6ft baby grands, every bit as good as top German ones. Traditional English upright pianos The most common good quality British upright makers are Broadwood, Chappell, Challen, Steck and Welmar. Again, there is a great deal of variety of British pianos, so consult a good tuner before buying.