Ball, James

Piano maker and music seller.  (fl. c1788-1819)  1 Duke Street, Grosvenor Square and later at 26 Duke Street. He patented a grand piano style music desk for the square piano in 1790. He was in partnership with the composer Domenico Motta in 1794 trading as Motta & Ball.  The first entry for James Ball in the Westminster Rate Books was in 1788 in Duke Street and the last entry in 1816.  It is believed that he died in 1819 and the business was continued by his son as J. Ball & Son until about 1830.   James Ball was apprenticed to the harpsichord maker Charles Vercoe before 1775.