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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 CD set of interest – Johann Wilhelm Hässler 1747-1822 – keyboard sonatas

This is an excellent performance by Michele Benuzzi on harpsichord, fortepiano, and square piano. He…

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Do you own a Christopher Ganer square Piano?

Many square pianos made by Christopher Ganer between 1775 and 1808 have survived but very…

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Southwell Upright square grand piano
Southwell square piano

Square Piano Nameboard Fretwork

Nameboard fretwork apertures backed by coloured silk were generally used by makers from about 1800.…

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Hammer Covering and Leather

The leather used by piano makers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries for…

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Harman Vietor and his “Forte ex Piano”

While Johannes Zumpe is considered to be the first maker and inventor of the English…

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