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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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Ganer, Christopher

Piano maker, inlayer, music publisher and seller initially at 22 Broad Street moving to 47 Broad Street, Soho and also at 48 Broad Street from the early 1780’s. From 1779, Ganer made very elegant inlaid square pianos on a “French”…

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Trute, Charles

Harpsichord and piano maker. 7 Broad Street, (fl. c1760 to 1807)  He emigrated from London to Philadelphia, United States in the early 1790’s. Trute is known to have made tangent action square pianos as well as instruments with the usual…

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Vietor, Harman Bernard

Keyboard instrument maker, Musical instrument seller and organist. C1760 to 1771 in London.  Porter Street, Newport Market. Vietor emigrated from London to United States about 1771 and continued making harpsichords and pianos. An advertisement that appeared in the Public Advertiser…

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Zumpe, Johannes (John Christopher)

Harpsichord and square piano maker,  Active in London c1760 to 1783 and also active before 1760 in Saxony. He may have worked for Silbermann before coming to London.  When he arrived in London he started to make English guitars but…

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Southwell, William

Piano maker in Dublin from 1783 and opened a business in Lad Lane London in 1794. Southwell was a prolific inventor.  He filed for several patents including improvements to the pianoforte in 1794. This patent was for improved dampers (known…

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Henry Hartz

It is not known whether Henry Hartz was a piano maker or provided the financial investment for piano making. He was in business with Thomas Henry Schrader, the foreman to Gabriel Buntebart trading as Schrader and Hartz.  There are extant…

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Garcka, George

Piano maker. He was born about 1750 in Schimmerwitz (now Siemirowice in Poland) and it is thought that he came to London in the 1760’s. He was making square pianos from 1778 or perhaps a little earlier until 1792. He…

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Houston, James Henry

Piano maker. (fl.1790-1799) Trading at “corner of Edward Street and 95 Wardour Street, Soho” as Houston & Co, and later as James Henry Houston. Became bankrupt in 1797 but continued to trade in agreement with his creditors until 1799. Bought…

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