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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.

Historical keyboard instrument course

Broadwood & Sons in association with Finchcocks Musical Museum held an event on the 19th and 20th July 2013 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Piano Tuners Association.  This two-day hands-on course was, held at Finchcocks Musical Museum, Goudhurst, Kent,…

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John Preston

Music publisher and seller, musical instrument maker but it is doubtful whether he made pianos.  He was probably a piano dealer.  Started business in 1774 at Banbury Court, Long Acre but soon moved to the Strand.  He was at 97…

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William Rolfe

Piano maker and music publisher. Rolfe was a partner with Thomas Culliford making square pianos for Longman & Broderip until the firm became bankrupt in 1796.  He continued in business with Culliford but left the business in 1798 to trade…

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Finchcocks Square Piano Event

A successful square piano event

On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May,  36 people attended the 3rd Square Piano Weekend at Finchcocks Musical Museum, Goudhurst, Kent in the UK.  The major presentation was given by Leif Sahlqvist, who has devoted many years to a study…

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1808 Kirckman Square Piano

1808 Joseph Kirckman square piano

The firm of Kirckman is best known for fine 18th century harpsichords but this square piano was made by Joseph Kirckman  who took over the business from his father, Abraham Kirckman in 1794.  It was made a year before the…

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Finchcocks Square Piano Weekend 2013

To be held on the 11th and12th May 2013, this is a social and informative occasion for all those who have interest in square pianos and the restoration of these instruments. It is undertaken at the kind invitation of Richard and Katrina Burnett and is organised by John Broadwood & Sons and Friends of Square Pianos.
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