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Introduction

This Directory gives useful information about piano makers, merchants, and people in allied trades who were involved in piano manufacturing and marketing in London between 1760 and 1800.  The maker’s name given on the piano nameboard during this period was not always that of the actual maker and many instruments gave the name of the retail merchant.   During the latter part of the 18th century the popularity of the piano grew rapidly and this gave significant business opportunities for those who could take advantage.  Varied business arrangements formed between piano makers, musical supply warehouses and people in allied trades whereby the name given on the nameboard was not of the actual maker.  Often it is possible to identify the actual maker by the design characteristics of the instrument.

There are three levels of information. The top level gives a list of names in alphabetical order.  From each name, there is a drop-down table of standard data (including birth and death dates, business activity, business names and addresses together with associated dates).  Where the piano maker’s or merchant’s business continued into the 19th century this information is also given but shown in italics.   More detailed information is available for some makers and merchants from a link in the table.  (This may include biographical, business management, piano design or details of surviving instruments). 

The scope of this directory is to include information about the people whose name has been given on the nameboard of pianos made in London during this period but it also includes the name of others who played an important role in the piano industry.

Any comments or additional information is welcome.

James LONGMAN

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Business activity:    Merchant  (Pianos and other musical inmstruments, Music publishing and selling)

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:    James Longman & Co. 1767-1769, Longman, Lukey & Co. 1769-1774, Longman, Lukey & Broderip 1775-1776, Longman & Broderip 1776-1798

Business Address:    Harp & Crown, 26 Cheapside 1767-1798, 13 Haymarket 1782-1798. 195 Tottenham Court Road 1791-1798

John LONGMAN

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Charles LUKEY

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(        -1776)

Business activity:  Merchant (Piano and other musical instruments, music publishing and selling)

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:    Longman, Lukey & Co. 1769-1775,  Longman, Lukey & Broderip 1775-1776

Business Address:   Harp & Crown, 26 Cheapside

Comments:  Charles Lukey died in 1776 and the firm became Longman & Broderip

Adam MARTIN

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Business activity:   Woodwind instrument maker and piano merchant. Resold square pianos made by Christopher Ganer under his own name c1785.  Example nameboard inscription: “Martin, Musical Instrument Maker, Hermitage, London”

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   Adam Martin

Business Address:  Hermitage Bridge

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Joseph MERLIN

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Frederick NEUBAUER

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George PETHER

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Johannes POHLMAN

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Business activity:   Harpsichord and piano maker

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:    Johannes Pohlman 1767-1793

Business Address:    Compton Street, Soho, 113 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury

 

John PRESTON

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William ROLFE

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Frederick? SCHOENE

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Thomas Henry SCHRADER

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Business activity:   Piano maker

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   Gabriel Buntebart,  Buntebart & Co., Buntebart & Sievers  c1783-1794,   Thomas Schader 1794,  Schrader & Hartz until about 1802

Business Address:    7 Princes Street, Hanover Square

Comments:  When Buntebart died in 1794 the business was continued by Scharder, Buntebart’s forman.

(unknown) SIEVERS

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William SOUTHWELL

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Robert STODART

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Thomas TOMKISON

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Charles TRUTE

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Business activity:   Harpsichord and piano maker

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   Charles Trute c1760-1794

Business Address:   7 Broad Street

Comments:   Trute moved his business to the United States about 1794

Harman Bernard VIETOR

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Business activity: Keyboard instrument maker, musical instrument seller and organist

Trading as, employed by or contracted to: Harman Vietor c1761-1771

Business Address: Porter Street, Newport Market

Comments: Vietor moved his business in the United States about 1772

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(unknown) WELLER

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George WILKINSON

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Business activity:    Piano maker

Trading as, employed by or contracted to:   Broderip & Wilkinson 1798-1811, Wilkinson & Wornum 1810-1812  Wilkinson & Co. 1812-1835

Business Address:  13 Haymarket 1798-1810, 315 Oxford Street, 11 Princes Street, Hanover Square

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