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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.

Sale of early keyboard cloths

A new damper cloth is available from 15 February 2016 that is even closer in composition to the original used in early 19th century pianos than our previous cloth.  It is made from a finer yarn but uses a courser wool.  The result is a cloth that is slightly firmer but with increased surface nap.  Like the previous cloth, it is of appropriate thickness that is essential.  You will find the new cloth an excellent and authentic replacement of original damper cloth and compliments the existing green Early Keyboard Cloth and the Broadwood type hitch-pin bearing cloth. 

We have also made a changes to the sale of small quantities of cloths.  The green early keyboard cloth is now available 1 metre wide and the damper cloth 50cms wide.  This is a more appropriate cloth width when used for one or two instruments and saves wastage.   This has enabled small quantities of the Early Keyboard Cloth and the single instrument set of cloths to remain at present prices but due to increase in production costs, there is a small increase in other prices. 

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