Square piano by Leonard Systermans, Paris, 1797

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 5400 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 features Roger Plenius, Frederick Neubauer, & H.B.Vietor). We are currently working on an article featuring Frederick Beck, to be published soon.

Last revised: 20 September 2017

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