The Fine Woodworking Group
Whale & Martin
John Felberg set up his business, John Felberg Workshop, building harpsichords during the mid 50ís. Originally he built his instruments under licence out of kits produced by German musical instrument manufacturer Neupert. He then started developing his own designs and building his own instruments. Around this time there was a movement towards developing new instrument designs, improving and modernising the traditional 18th Century designs. John Felberg was a leading light in the development of these new hibrid instruments. From about 1970 to date, harpsichord construction has returned to producing faithful reproductions of the original 18th Century instruments.
After his untimely death, John Felbergís widow Ann and Peter Whale kept the business going. Nick Martin joined from school in 1978 as an apprentice. Peter Whale and Nick set up Whale & Martin in 1981. Peter Whale retired in 1986 and Nick continued to operate out of Bradbourne Road, Sevenoaks, Kent. In 1989 he successfully relocated the business to Lincolnshire.
Whale & Martin - Bradbourne Road - Circa 1980's