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Thomas Goff was distantly related to the English Royal Family, and was not "short a quid or two!" He was able to set up a workshop occupying several floors in London's Pont St, near the fashionable Sloane Square. Not much was known about traditional harpsichord design, so Goff and his small team of designers and cabinet-makers were starting out virtually on their own. He produced instruments that were solid and reliable, and became favoured by many well-known performers of the day, especially Wanda Landowska, Thurston Dart, and George Malcolm. Classically trained rock keyboardist Rick Wakeman referred to Goff as "the greatest harpsichord manufacturer the UK has ever known!"