A five-and-a-half octave square piano by Broderip & Wilkinson, c.1799

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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.

Recent recording: a 1776 square piano by Zumpe & Buntebart, restored for Museu de la Música in Barcelona, played by Pablo Gomez available on YouTube.

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

Our youtube video featuring a Longman & Broderip piano now has over 9200 views – hopefully making the charming sound of these instruments known to ever more people. (Access from the side bar, click the yellow text.)

Pioneer Piano Makers in London, by Margaret Debenham & Michael Cole is published in the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, on the Taylor & Francis academic site. [Link RMARC site,] It has been read and/or downloaded more than 2000 times, making it their most frequently consulted paper - Margaret's paper on Joseph Merlin being its only challenger.

Frederick Beck, eighteenth-century pianomaker, features in another publication from Debenham & Cole, in The London Journal, reporting also on inlay specialist Christopher Fuhrlohg and the cabinets in which Beck's pianos feature. 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 if need be.

Revision: 14 October 2019

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