Charles Barrow is linked to the piano trade through marriage. He married Elizabeth Culliford, daughter of Thomas Culliford on 27th January 1788 and was taken into partnership with Thomas Culliford. Elizabeth, the daughter of Charles Barrow, married John Dickens and one of their children was Charles Dickens. Thomas Culliford made pianos for Longman & Broderip until their bankruptcy in 1796. Also trading as Culliford, Rolfe & Barrow 1795-1798 and Culliford & Barrow in 1798.