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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.

Barrow, Charles

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.

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