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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.
1808 Kirckman square piano

1808 Joseph Kirckman square piano

The firm of Kirckman is best known for fine 18th century harpsichords but this square…

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1778 Beyer

1778 Adam Beyer, square piano

This square piano is believed to have been at the same country house for nearly…

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c1785 Adam Martin square piano

The inscription on this square piano reads: "Martin, Musical Instrument Maker, Hermitage, London". Adam Martin…

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c1785 Ganer

c1790 Christopher Ganer, square piano

Christopher Ganer square pianos were not dated after about 1785 and this example was made…

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c1791 Longman Broderip

c1791 Longman & Broderip square piano

Longman & Broderip were not makers of square pianos but contracted piano makers to produce…

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c1793 Schoene

c1793 Schoene & Co, square piano

Schoene & Co. were the successors to Johannes Zumpe in 1783 or 1784 and used…

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1794 Gabriel Buntebart square piano

A very fine and elegant satinwood and mahogany square piano crossbanded in purpleheart on a…

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c1795 Robert Marr square piano

This late 18th century square piano by Robert Marr would at first sight appear to…

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c1798 Preston

c1798 Thomas Preston, square piano

This firm was founded by John Preston about 1774 and they were music publishers as…

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c1809 Clementi

c1809 Muzio Clementi square piano

The composer Muzio Clementi, together with other business partners, took over the bankrupt firm of…

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c1827 Stodart

c1827 William Stodart & Son, grand piano

This is another Stodart grand piano but made about 31 years later than the example…

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c1843 Collard Collard

C1843 Collard & Collard square piano

  The last square piano in England was made by John Broadwood & Sons in…

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