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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.

This is where you will find new and accurate  information about early English pianos.  This information covers a wide range of subjects from the design and development of instruments to advice relevant to them today.   Therefore, if you are interested in the history of pianos, or are an owner/potential owner of an early piano there is something here of interest for you.

There are key papers that have been prepared based on new research and shorter articles of interest.


William Southwell – The Prolific Inventor of the Piano


The survival and preservation of English Square Pianos

The early English square piano 1760-1800

Advice about buying a Square Piano

Square Piano Nameboard Fretwork

Hammer Covering and Leather

Longman and Broderip – “Directions for the management of piano fortes”

Harman Vietor and his “Forte ex Piano”


Present research subject:  

The subject of present research is Christopher Ganer and his square pianos.   Ganer was a leading maker of square pianos in London, particularly during the 1780’s and early 1790’s but, at present, very little is known about him.   There is already an article about Christopher Ganer  published on this website but further and a more in depth research is being done.

If you have any information about Christopher Ganer, or own one his his square pianos we would be pleased to hear from you.   We know about his marriage and immediate family but if you are a descendant and have any information about his life, please also get in touch.  Thank you.   Contact

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