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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.

Testimonials

Testimonials

Our fine quality early keyboard cloths are manufactured as close as possible to the original found in early English pianos and we always aim to make improvements whenever possible.  We value feedback from our customers to ensure that we are meeting their requirements.   The following Testimonials have been given to us.

A summary of Testimonials

“The most historically accurate cloth available for early keyboard instruments”  Andrew & Robert Durand – The Music Room Workshop Makers & Restorers of Early Keyboard Instruments Prestwick Farm, Prestwick Lane, Chiddingfold, Surrey, GU8 4XP, England.

“I have recently used the hitch pin bearing cloth on a Broadwood square of 1802 where the original had been replaced with an inappropriate bright red felt. Your woven cloth is a superb copy of what would have been there originally both in weave, colour and weight. I am also using the green early keyboard cloth for the front and back touch rails with very pleasing results. Thank you for all your research resulting in the production of these very useful materials”   Lucy Coad, Square Piano Conservation and Repair,  Hill Farm Workshop. Greenway Lane . Cold Ashton Chippenham,  SN14 8LA,  England.

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