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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.

Ball, James

Piano maker and music seller.  (fl. c1788-1819)  1 Duke Street, Grosvenor Square and later at 26 Duke Street. He patented a grand piano style music desk for the square piano in 1790. He was in partnership with the composer Domenico Motta in 1794 trading as Motta & Ball.  The first entry for James Ball in the Westminster Rate Books was in 1788 in Duke Street and the last entry in 1816.  It is believed that he died in 1819 and the business was continued by his son as J. Ball & Son until about 1830.   James Ball was apprenticed to the harpsichord maker Charles Vercoe before 1775.

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