Welcome to the website of Michael Cole, instrument maker & piano historian
Here you'll find reliable and well-researched information about antique keyboard instruments, their music, and related topics. This site is frequently scanned and archived by the British Library.
Michael Cole's Blog can be found in the dropdown menu (below 'HOME')
'Pioneer Piano Makers', the paper published in the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, continues to be the most popular (i.e. frequently read and downloaded) 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.
Our youtube video featuring a Longman & Broderip piano continues to introduce more people to the charming sonorities of professionally restored instruments of this type. It is hoped to prepare more for publication, when I have mastered the software, and gathered new materials, hopefully this year.
Last revised: 20 May 2016