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Beck, Arnold Frederick

Piano maker. (fl. C1772-1798) 4 Broad Street Soho and from 1785 at 10 Broad Street Soho. The nameboard inscriptions of his pianos give “Frederick Beck”. In 1779 Beck married Rose Ann Shudi, daughter of Joshua Shudi, the harpsichord maker (nephew of Burkat Shudi the elder). Thomas Beck, pianoforte maker was also at the same address. Of particular interest are the neo-classically decorated and inlaid square pianos. The case of these instruments may have been designed by Christopher Fuhrlohg. (Example exhibited at the Lady Lever Art gallery in Liverpool) Beck was also in business with George Corrie 41, Broad Street about 1790. Beck was an important early maker of square pianos and he was meeting the growing demand for these instruments in the 1770’s.

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