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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.

Houston, James Henry

Piano maker. (fl.1790-1799) Trading at “corner of Edward Street and 95 Wardour Street, Soho” as Houston & Co, and later as James Henry Houston. Became bankrupt in 1797 but continued to trade in agreement with his creditors until 1799. Bought out with partners Lewis and Hyde the music publishing business of John Bland and traded at 45 High Holborn but this was dissolved in 1795. Many pianos made by Houston were sold by piano dealers or music publishers under their names. This included music publishers such as John Bland and John and Thomas Preston, Thomas Tomkison may have been working for Houston and continued in his own business after 1799.


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