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Graham WalkerThis is the website of Graham Walker, Dorset, UK who has had an interest in the early piano for over 30 years. He has undertaken the restoration of instruments for private collection and has also carried out research on early pianos and their makers over this period. This has been done alongside a career in management consultancy and performance management. Early retirement in 2007 enabled him to become more involved and he commissioned a cloth manufacturer to produce an authentic keyboard cloth. This cloth is the nearest match to an early 19th century piano cloth that can be made within modern manufacturing processes. It was initially produced for his requirements but it soon came in demand by others.  Further types of cloth have been replicated by request from makers and restorers.  These cloths can be purchased from the online shop on this website.  He has also undertaken some research into the leather used in early English pianos and is currently working in liaison with the Institute of Creative Leather Technology, Northampton University, UK with the objective of determining specifications. He is involved in supporting interest in the early piano and is passionate about ensuring that our heritage of early pianos collections in the UK can be maintained for the future.

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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