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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.

William Rolfe

Piano maker and music publisher. Rolfe was a partner with Thomas Culliford making square pianos for Longman & Broderip until the firm became bankrupt in 1796.  He continued in business with Culliford but left the business in 1798 to trade alone at 112 Cheapside.  His early square pianos are noted for their floral painted nameboard decoration and internal music stand that incorporated a second music desk for accompanying musicians. The firm became William Rolfe and Sons in the early 19th century.

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