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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.

An important collection of keyboard keyboard instruments to be sold at auction

The collection of early keyboard instruments of the late Christopher Hogwood will be sold at auction on 12th March 2015 by Gardiner Houlgate, Bath Auction Rooms, Corsham near Bath, England.

This important collection of 26 instruments is expected to generate much interest. The collection includes a number of clavichords, four fortepianos, an early square piano, harpsichords, spinets and an organ in the shape of a writing bureau.

Square piano by Johannes Pohlman 1773

Pohlman square piano 1
This early square piano is in a restored condition.

Pohlman square piano 2

There is another English instrument, a cabinet piano in unrestored condition by John Broadwood and Sons.

Broadwood cabinet piano

There are two original Viennese fortepianos; one by an unknown maker made c1815 and the other by Josef Johann Brodmann also made about 1815.

Vienesse fortepiano c1815

Brodmann fortepiano c1815

There are also two Viennese fortepianos made by Derek Adlam, one made in 1976 and the other in 1987.

Other early keyboard instruments are being sold in this sale this but not part of the Christopher Hogwood collection, including, a fine early English grand piano by Clementi & Co. made in 1804.   Muzio Clementi took over the bankrupt firm of Longman & Broderip in 1798 and newspaper adverts that appeared shortly after reported that he personally supervised the tone and touch of these instruments to equal or improve on any others that were available.

Clementi grand piano 1804

For further information and viewing arrangements please contact the Auctioneers, Gardiner Houlgate, email: auctions@gardinerhoulgate.co.uk or telephone 44 (0) 1225 812912.

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