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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.

A new green Early Keyboard Cloth available shortly

We always aim to produce the most authentic cloths possible of the highest quality and improvements have already been made to the damper cloth that now has a much higher weave count making it easier to cut into the very small pieces required for square pianos.

The green early keyboard cloth is seen as the most appropriate cloth for early keyboard instruments.   We have worked closely with our cloth manufacturer to produce a new cloth that is even more authentic in the wool yarn it uses, the type of weave and weave count, and most importantly, the finishing process that gives it a felted finish.  One of the considerations in producing the cloth has been to make it as acid-free as possible in meeting the requirements of museum conservators.  It is not a production line cloth but one that has been specifically designed and made for the purpose.

The new cloth should be available in October 2019.  It has been more costly to produce and therefore it will be a little more expensive to purchase than the present cloth, but the advantages are worth the extra cost.

Our stock of the present cloth is currently low and unfortunately, we are not able to meet orders for larger quantities until the new cloth is arrives.  The present cloth remains available for single instruments or as part of single instrument sets.

More information about the new cloth will be given when available

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