This is the copy of a very interesting French harpsichord of the first half of the 18th century. The remarkable musical qualities and the small dimensions render the instrument particularly suitable for professionals and for people that frequently move instruments.
The original, kept at the Archbishop Museum in Chartres, is the only instrument that survives of the “petits clavecins de Bellot” named by Michel Corrette in his 1753 treatise; it is a rare example of a French single-manual harpsichord. Ton Koopman, Davitt Moroney and Kenneth Gilbert have played the original for recordings.
I make also a ravalé version with a full five-octaves compass, 61 notes (FF-f3).
Length 186 cm
Width 88 cm
Compass: GG-e3, 58 notes
Two 8' registers, buff stop
Sides of poplar and lime
Soundboard of quarter-sawn spruce, gilt rose
Keyboards: ebony naturals and bone-covered chromatics
Wooden jacks and leathered guides
Trestle stand (Louis XV or Louis XVI by request)
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Last changed: June 2013