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Choosing your model

Questions you may ask yourself, when considering the purchase of a new harpsichord:

  • What kind of instrument do I need ?
  • A Single or double manual ?
  • For solo or continuo music ?
  • What style (decoration) etc…?

Each of the diverse European historical schools such as the Flemish, English, French, German or Italian possesses its own aesthetic, appeal be it visually or acoustically.

EACH INSTRUMENT IS UNIQUE

Every single instrument within any of these schools is a unique handcrafted work of art. Nowadays, any music basically can be played on a good harpsichord, but the musician will most likely want to perform a particular style piece of music with the appropriate instrument: German music with a German of Flemish harpsichord for instance. This though, does not need to be a strict rule, as some Northern type instruments can sometimes have a perfect sound spectrum for Italian music or vice-versa.

As a result, many professional players own several instruments. Most of the time, though, people have to make up their own mind and focus on a type of instrument that will do for most of their purposes.

We make harpsichords from any historical school and any style. If you are interested in a particular harpsichord, then so are we! The list below represents our most commonly achieved instruments:

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Ruckers

Our Ruckers double (or single: 2x8)
based on the Colmar harpsichord

Historic school: Flemish (Antwerpen 1624)
Manuals: 2; Keyboard veneer: Ebony / ox bone
Compass: GG-e’’’
Registers: 2x8’; 1x4’; luth stop
Transposition: 392-415-440 Hz
Stringing: Iron / brass
Length: 2280 mm (single manual 2150 mm )
Width: 890mm
Sound: Rich, powerful, bright (somewhat French 18th)
Decoration: according to your wishes

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Mietke

Our Mietke double
based on the Berlin (Schloss Charlottenburg) harpsichord

Historic school: German (Berlin ~1700)
Manuals: 2; Keyboard veneer: Ebony / ox bone
Compass: FF-f ’’’
Registers: 2x8’; 1x4’; luth stop
Transposition: 392-415-440 Hz
Stringing: Iron / brass
Length: 2380 mm
Width: 945mm
Sound: Profound, dark, rich harmonics (can vary depending on the woods)
Decoration: according to your wishes

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Taskin

Our Taskin double
based on the Edinburgh’s Russell’s collection harpsichord

Historic school: French (Paris 1769)
Manuals: 2; Keyboard veneer: Ebony / ox bone
Compass: FF-f ’’’
Registers: 2x8’; 1x4’; luth stop
Transposition: 392-415-440 Hz
Stringing: Iron / brass
Length: 2350 mm
Width: 950mm
Sound: Rich bright and crafty (typical 18th Parisian)
Decoration: according to your wishes

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Our Zell double,
based on the Hamburg harpsichord

Historic school: German (Hamburg 1728)
Manuals: 2; Keyboard veneer: Ebony / ox bone
Compass: FF-f ’’’
Registers: 2x8’; 1x4’; luth stop
Transposition: 392-415-440 Hz
Stringing: Iron / brass
Length: 2430 mm
Width: 960mm
Sound: German, roundness
Decoration: according to your wishes

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Giusti

Our Giusti,
based on the Nurnberg harpsichord

Historic school: Italian (Lucca 1681)
Manuals: 1; Keyboard veneer: boxwood / ebony
Compass: AA-d ’’’ (or according to the original C-c’’’)
Registers: 2x8’;
Transposition: 415-440-465 Hz
Stringing: brass
Length: 2200 mm
Width: ~850mm
Sound: Rich, bright and lively (For solo music or continuos)
Decoration: according to your wishes.

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Our Grimaldi based harpsichord

Historic school: Italian (Messina 1697)
Manuals: 1; Keyboard veneer: boxwood / ebony
Compass: GG-d ’’’ (or according to the original)
Registers: 2x8’;
Transposition: 415-440-465 Hz
Stringing: brass
Length: 2450 mm
Width: ~900mm
Sound: Warm, bright, powerful (For solo music or continuos)
Decoration: according to your wishes