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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.

Early Piano interest A sort of on-line club for owners, potential owners, and friends of square pianos.  A dedicated resource guide for the restoration enthusiast who is looking for information on restoring the early square piano!  This site is being developed to help individuals who have (or would like to have!), a working square piano from late 18th or early 19th century, and perhaps would like to know more about how to approach restoring such an instrument. It may also be a place for the more experienced restorer to share their best practices and techniques, and to advance the state of the art in early piano studies.   The website of David Hunt, a professional restorer (retired).  This website is an information source for restorers, players, owners and researchers into early pianos made before 1837.  In particular, it gives a register of extant Broadwood grand pianos.

Professional restorers in the UK

The professional restorers mentioned below I know personally and have agreed to be linked from this site. The Music Room Workshop is a family business run by Andrew and Robert Durand, specialist makers and restorers of early keyboard instruments, in Chiddingfold, Surrey.   Lucy Coad, Square Piano Conservation and Repair.  Lucy also makes bass strings for square pianos.  She established the business in 1985 and is located at Cold Ashton, near Chippenham.

Database of Early Pianos A register of pianos made before 1860. Add your instrument to the database to help this valuable project. This project was founded by Professor Martha Clinkscale.

Other sites Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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