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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.

Geib, John Lawrence

Piano maker.  (fl. Before 1777 to 1798) in 1798 Geib emigrated from London to New York where continued to make pianos. While in London his workshop was in the vicinity of Tottenham Court Road.  Geib is best known for his 1786 patent for improvements in the pianoforte and harpsichord, particularly the square piano double action.  This action became the standard square piano action and continued to be used with slight adaptation by all makers of square pianos in the 19th century.   There are not many square pianos made by Geib with his own name. Most of his output, while in London, was made for Longman & Broderip until their bankruptcy in 1796.   Geib was in business with John Goldsworth in 1790.  Geib was not a British citizen but came from Staudenheim in Germany. His name was Johann Lorenz Geib at this time.  He was granted by Letters of Denization, a form of British citizenship, in 1792 that gave some rights including the right to own land and property.  The Wakefield directory of merchants and tradesman show his business as “Royal Musical Manufactory”

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