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    This post is directed primarily at harpists in England. I understand that the London Erard records, which for years belonged to Morley, are now in the library of the Royal College of Music. Has anyone ever done an analysis of the records? What I’m thinking here is something along the lines of the following:

    1)When were the first London Erards built and what was the first serial number?

    2) How many harps were built in each year that the company built harps?

    3) What was the first serial number of each year of manufacture?

    4) How many harps of each model did they make in each year of manufacture?

    5) When were the final harps built in London and what was the last serial number?

    Ideally it would be great to publish a book listing all of the London Erard serial numbers with the date of manufacture of each one. Such books exist for the piano industry, but not for harp. Does anyone want to take on such a project??


    I left out the most obvious question from my list: How many harps did the London Erard factory produce in their history?

    Chris Asmann

    Hi Carl.
    It’s interesting that you should mention this.
    I just purchased an 1804 Erard and the RCM curator kindly sent a copy of that page in the records where my harp is recorded.

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