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.

Our youtube video featuring a Longman & Broderip piano has more than 7800 views. It is pleasing to know that more people are hearing these charming instruments. (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. See RMARC site, where it has been read and/or downloaded 1700 times, making it the most frequently consulted paper on the site. It features Plenius, Neubauer, and H.B.Vietor - all of whom made pianos in England at an early date. It is gratifying to see this paper 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 print version will not be available for some months, but 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 Margaret Debenham or Michael Cole for more information.

Minor revisions: 15 November 2018

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