Mr M Locke MABPT,Dip CTB,MIMIT,MPTA,

Mr M Locke MABPT,Dip CTB,MIMIT,MPTA,

   Background

Qualifying from three years study at the Royal National College for the Blind, during this time winning the Europiano prize in 1975. image

In July 1976 I went to work in Rye, East Sussex, as a newly qualified piano technician with a City and Guilds and CTB. Diploma.

During 1980 to 1981, sponsored by an Arts Council bursary I spent a year at Steinway Hall in London training in the preparation of pianos for concert work.

Moving to Manchester in 1981, I started my own business.

Building up my largest client base in Cheshire and Lancashire, I tune pianos five days a week. Travelling to North Wales and the Lake District by request.

To date working for 20 years as piano technician for Manchester University, many churches, North-West Arts, Stockport Symphony Orchestra, and a wide range of professional musicians and piano teachers.

Martin is also on the recommended list for The Piano Tuners Association and The Blind Piano Tuners Association, and has worked internationally to represent these organisations in addition to acting as an examiner of piano tuners.

By 1989 I opened my own shop 'Piano House' at Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury. Retailing a wide range of pianos.

Dedicating a total of 30 years to date studying and working with pianos.

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Did You Know Piano Facts

1730
The firm of Kirkman piano makers was founded in 1730, according to the Pierce Piano Atlas. However, Kirkman inherited the business from Tabel's wife, whom he married one month after Tabel's death. Tabel was a harpsichord maker who trained with Ruckers. He came to London in 1680 and set up making harpsichords. Abraham Kirkman, who was born in 1710 inBischweiler near Strasbourg, came to work for Tabel. In 1742 hemoved to Great Pulteney Street. These are some later dates and locations for him:
(1817) (Grand Pianoforte Maker to Her Majesty and H.R.H. The PrinceRegent)
(1818-1832) (Grand Pianoforte Maker to His Majesty) 19 Broad Street,Golden Square
(1822-1896) Kirkman, Joseph (Junior) 67 Frith Street, Soho
(1831) 3 Soho Square
(1846) 9 Dean Street
(1848) DuLour's Place, Golden Square
(1864) 21 Broad Street, Golden Square
(1894) 12A George Street, Hanover Square
They had associates with Collard who were based at 50 Bond Street,London, the same as Chappell. There is a fine example of a Kirkmanharpsichord at the Colt Clavier private collection. In 1896Georgiana Kirkman sold the business to Collard's at cost.