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.)

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

It is a great pleasure to see that our youtube video featuring a Longman & Broderip piano now has more than 8000 views – making the charming sound of these instruments known to more people. (Access from the side bar, click the yellow text.)

Pioneer Piano Makers in London, a paper by Margaret Debenham & Michael Cole is published in the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, on the Taylor & Francis academic site. [Link RMARC site,] It is gratifying to see that it has been read and/or downloaded more than 1800 times, making it the most frequently consulted paper. It features Plenius, Neubauer, and H.B.Vietor – each of whom made pianos in England at an early date. Happily, this article has now been cited in several recently published books and papers.

Frederick Beck, eighteenth-century pianomaker, features in a new publication from Margaret Debenham and Michael Cole in The London Journal. The online version can be accessed by any subscribing academic institution. We are also able to give one-off access to up to fifty readers who are unaffiliated – contact Michael Cole for more information.

Revisions & additions: 6 January 2019

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