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Banks, Benjamin (1727–1795), musical instrument maker, was born at Salisbury on 14 July 1727, the third of the five children of George Banks, master butcher, and his wife, Barbery Huttoft. In 1741 Banks commenced a seven-year apprenticeship with his uncle William Huttoft, musical instrument maker and retail music dealer of ...

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Bassano, Alvise (d. 1554), musician and instrument maker, was presumably born in Bassano, near Venice, in the late fifteenth century, the second son of Maestro Jeronimo (d. 1539?), known as Piva (‘bagpipe’). By 1515 he was playing in Venice, and he served in ...

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Bate, Philip Argall Turner (1909–1999), musicologist and collector of musical instruments, was born in Glasgow on 26 March 1909, the only child of English parents, Percy Herbert Bate (1868–1913), secretary to the Glasgow Museum of Arts, and Mary Turner (1872–1963). His father became curator of the ...

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Bressan, Peter [formerly Pierre Jaillard] (1663–1731), musical instrument maker, was born Pierre Jaillard in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, on 27 May 1663, the son of Claude Jaillard (d. 1667), carrier, and his wife, Philibert (d. 1694), daughter of Louis Mercier, joiner. Bressan...

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Bridge [Bridges], Richard (d. 1758), organ builder, was born in London. He trained with John Harris, son of Renatus Harris, and worked at times in collaboration with the elder John Byfield and the younger Abraham Jordan. Some writers have also associated him with ...

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Brinsmead, John (1814–1908), piano manufacturer, was born at Weare Gifford, Devon, on 13 October 1814, the seventh son of Henry Brinsmead, an innkeeper and lime-burner, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Beer. He had left school by 1826 and at the age of thirteen was apprenticed for seven years as a cabinet-maker in ...

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John Brinsmead (1814–1908) by Reinhold Thiele © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henry Fowler Broadwood (1811–1893) by unknown photographer, c. 1861 © reserved

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Broadwood, Henry Fowler (1811–1893), piano manufacturer, was born in London in June 1811, the fifth child of James Shudi Broadwood (1772–1851), piano manufacturer, and his second wife, Margaret Schaw Stewart (1778–1849). The founder of the firm was his grandfather, John Broadwood (1732–1812), whose eldest son, ...