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.

Recent recording: a 1776 square piano by Zumpe & Buntebart, restored for Museu de la Música in Barcelona, played by Pablo Gomez available on YouTube. An excellent demonstration of the musical resources such pianos offer.

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

Our youtube video featuring a Longman & Broderip piano has now passed 10,300 views – hopefully making the distinctive sound of these instruments better known to more people.

Pioneer Piano Makers in London, by Margaret Debenham & Michael Cole is published in the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, on the Taylor & Francis academic site. [Link RMARC site,] Latest information: it has been read and/or downloaded more than 2600 times, making it their most frequently consulted paper – Margaret's paper on Joseph Merlin being its only challenger, has also passed 2000 views.

Latest revision: 30 July 2020

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