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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.

Culliford, Thomas

Piano and harpsichord maker. He was born in Somerset in 1745. He may have been apprenticed to John Hitchcock, harpsichord and spinet maker. Culliford married Mary Goldsworth in 1770. From 1779 he lived and worked at 16 Fountain Court, Cheapside. He was contracted to Longman & Broderip to make a large number of square pianos that ceased when this firm became bankrupt in 1796. Culliford was in business with John Goldsworth, (probably a relation of his wife Mary Goldsworth) William Rolfe and Thomas Bradford in 1786. Both Thomas Culliford and John Geib were contracted to make square pianos for Longman & Broderip but under different contractual relationships. Culliford continued trading as Culliford, Rolfe & Barrow between 1795-1798 at 13 Red Lion Court, Watling Street and Culliford & Barrow in 1798 but became bankrupt in the same year. In 1798, William Rolfe continued a separate business as piano maker. Culliford was a very accomplished and prolific maker and through his contractual relationship with Longman & Broderip was able to produce instruments in a quantity and of a quality to compete with John Broadwood towards the end of the 18th century. He died in 1817.

 

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