John and Mary Broadwood, as portrayed in a pair of miniatures by Cotes. They married just before Christmas 1781, the very year when Broadwood's business accelerated spectacularly after the introduction of his unique design of square piano (read more under the 'MAKERS' tab above).

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

Here you'll 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 more than 5000 views our youtube video featuring a Longman & Broderip piano continues to introduce new people to the charming sonorities of these instruments.

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 1100 times. This is, of course, gratifying for the authors, Margaret Debenham and Michael Cole. It is still available to read online (main subjects: Roger Plenius, Frederick Neubauer, & H.B.Vietor).

Last revised: 18 August 2017

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