Welcome to the website of Michael Cole, instrument maker & author

Here you will find reliable information about historic keyboard instruments, their music, and related topics. (This site is scanned and archived by the British Library.) No pop-ups. No adverts.

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Our youtube video featuring a Longman & Broderip piano has almost 11,000 views – hopefully making the distinctive sound of these instruments better known to more people.

Pioneer Pianomakers in London (a paper jointly written by Michael Cole and Margaret Debenham) has recently passed another milestone: read and/or downloaded 3000 times from the Taylor & Francis academic website. Naturally, we are very pleased that the stories of Plenius, Neubauer and Vietor, who all made pianos of some kind before 1766, are becoming more widely known. Access to this paper is free of charge: so if the advent of the piano is of interest, the information is there for you. Maybe we'll see it pass 4000!

Latest revision: 20 January 2021

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