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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.

c1785 Adam Martin square piano

c1785 Martin 1The inscription on this square piano reads: “Martin, Musical Instrument Maker, Hermitage, London”. Adam Martin was a woodwind instrument maker and it is unlikely that he made pianos.  This instrument was made by Christopher Ganer and passed to Adam Martin for resale.  The calligrapher has appropriately written the name of Martin rather than Ganer on the nameboard.   This is one of the first square pianos by Ganer to have an English rather than Latin inscription.

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