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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.

Bates, Thomas

Piano maker and music seller. He acquired the business of George Garcka in January 1793 at the corner of Edward Street and Wardour Street. Trading as Bates & Company in 1793. The business only survived for about 12 months. James Henry Houston also traded at the same address. Nine square pianos inscribed Bates & Co. are known to have survived.

1793 John Bates square piano
One of the three known square pianos inscribed  Bates & Co. dated 1793
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