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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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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, ...

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Broadwood, John (1732–1812), harpsichord and piano manufacturer, was born on 6 October 1732 at Oldhamstocks, near Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, Scotland, the eldest son of James Broadwood (1696–1774) and his wife, Margaret Purves (1698–1799). He came from an old family of Northumbrian yeomen who in the sixteenth century owned land near ...

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Dolmetsch, (Eugène) Arnold (1858–1940), maker of musical instruments, was born at Le Mans, France, on 24 February 1858. He came from a family of musicians. His grandfather, of Bohemian origin, settled in Zürich in 1808. There his father, Rudolf Arnold Dolmetsch, was born and became a piano maker; he was also known for his performances of ...

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Gauntlett, Henry John (1805–1876), organist, organ designer, and composer, was born at Wellington, Shropshire, on 9 July 1805. He was the second son and fourth child of the Revd Henry Gauntlett (1762–1833), originally from Wiltshire, and from 1815 vicar of Olney, Buckinghamshire, and his wife, ...

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Mander, Noel Percy (1912–2005), organ builder and restorer, was born on 19 May 1912 at The Laurels, Crouch, near Wrotham, Kent, the son of Percy Mander, who worked in publishing, and his wife, Constance Emmie (Emily), née Pike. With the onset of the First World War the family moved to ...

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Marshall, James Charles [Jim] (1923–2012), audio equipment manufacturer, was born on 29 July 1923 at 3 Snarsgate Street, Kensington, London, the son of James Charles Marshall (1898–1965), a leading seaman who went on to own a fish and chip shop in Southall, and his wife, ...

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Merlin, John Joseph (1735–1803), inventor, was born or baptized, or possibly both born and baptized, on 17 September 1735 at Huy, Southern Netherlands, into a family who were probably inventors. He was the third child of Maximilien Joseph Merlin (born at Cambrai, 8 January 1710) and ...

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Shudi [Tschudi], Burkat (1702–1773), harpsichord maker, was born at Schwanden in the canton of Glarus, Switzerland, on 13 March 1702, the second son of Joshua (or Josua) Tschudi, wool merchant, surgeon, and councillor of Schwanden. His mother's maiden name was Elmer. The Tschudi...

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Smith, Bernard [known as Father Smith] (c. 1628/9–1708), organ builder, may have been born on the continent; arguments have been advanced for him having German or English parentage. The conjectured date of birth stems from a statement that he was 'about seventy-four...