c1785 Adam Martin square piano

c1785 Martin 1The inscription on this square piano reads: “Martin, Musical Instrument Maker, Hermitage, London”. Adam Martin was a woodwind instrument maker and it is unlikely that he made pianos.  This instrument was made by Christopher Ganer and passed to Adam Martin for resale.  The calligrapher has appropriately written the name of Martin rather than Ganer on the nameboard.   This is one of the first square pianos by Ganer to have an English rather than Latin inscription.