John Broadwood and Mary Kitson were married in December 1781. They had six children. Thomas Broadwood, Mary's oldest surviving son, was the man who presented a six-octave grand piano to Beethoven in 1817. To learn more about the Broadwood family and their pianos follow this link.



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 frequently scanned and archived by the British Library.)

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

With over 4000 views our youtube video featuring a Longman & Broderip piano continues to introduce new people to the charming sonorities of professionally restored instruments of this type. There is also a simple recording of John Field at the top of the left hand column. [Click the yellow title, not the photo.]

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. This is, of course, gratifying for the authors, Margaret Debenham and Michael Cole. It is still available to read online (main subjects: Plenius, Neubauer, Vietor).

Last revised: 13 January 2017

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