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

Here you will find reliable information about antique keyboard instruments, their music, and related topics. (This site is scanned and archived by the British Library.)

Michael's Blog can be found in the dropdown menu (below 'HOME') from any page.

With 6500 views our youtube video featuring a Longman & Broderip piano continues to introduce new people to the charming sonorities of these instruments. (The yellow text above the picture links direct.)

Pioneer Piano Makers in London, a paper published in the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, continues to be the most popular item from the RMARC site read and/or downloaded more than 1200 times. It features Plenius, Neubauer, & H.B.Vietor.

Frederick Beck, eighteenth-century pianomaker, is profiled in a new publication from Margaret Debenham and Michael Cole in The London Journal. The print version will not be available for some months yet, but the online version is already available for any subscribing institutions, and we are able to give free, one-off access to up to fifty readers not otherwise affiliated. Contact Margaret Debenham or Michael Cole for more information.

Revised: 18 March 2018

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