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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. No data collection!

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Our youtube video featuring a Longman & Broderip piano has now been viewed 11,800 times – hopefully making the charming sound of these instruments and their context better known to many more people.

Pioneer Pianomakers in London (a paper jointly written by Michael Cole and Margaret Debenham) has passed another milestone: read and/or downloaded 3000 times from the Taylor & Francis academic website. Naturally, we are both very pleased that the stories of Plenius, Neubauer and Vietor, who each made 'pianos' of some kind before 1766, are now more widely known. Access to this paper is free of charge: so if the advent of the piano is of interest, the information is there for you. Maybe we'll see it pass 4000!

Latest revision: 17 November 2021

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