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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.

Redesign of Website

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The Early Piano website was originally launched in October 2009 and redesigned in February 2013. It now has a new appearance and easier navigation that we hope you like.

There is also a new section on square piano makers and dealers in London 1760 to 1800 but this will take a while to complete as there are at least 60 people to provide information about. This gives new biographical information for some makers and dealers.

The purchase of early keyboard cloths can now be made online from the UK and other countries. This will make it easier to purchase and pay for orders by PayPal or card payment but payment by cheque is also available.

We have made it easier for those of you who visit this site from portable devices so that the page is a better fit to your screen. There are also changes still in progress to make further improvements over the next few weeks. We hope that you enjoy your visit to this website.

Graham Walker

 

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