This little harpsichord is particularly suited for basso continuo and early Italian music; it is the copy of a rare Renaissance Neapolitan instrument kept at the Castello Sforzesco Museum in Milan. It can be decorated with painted ornamentation and gildings in the style of the period (see photos).
In spite of its dimensions and the single 8' stringing it has a clear and loud tone and can be played with a small baroque ensemble.
An outer case (with lid) is available on request; this can be decorated with painted Renaissance patterns or damask fabrics; alternatively, simply painted with one or two colours.
I also build a “ravalé” version (with two 8' registers and a C-d3 chromatic compass) and a gut-strung version (tiorbino).
I also make Italian instruments with cypress wood.
Length 176 cm
Width 67,5 cm
Compass: C/E - c3, 45 notes
Single 8' register, a= 415 Hz or 440 Hz on request
Sides of sycamore
Soundboard of quarter sawn spruce
Keyboards: Italian boxwood naturals and chromatics of stained fruitwood (bone covered on request)
Jacks of maple
Italian turned stand
Music desk (elaborated carved gilt and painted music desk on request)
Outer-case with lid on request
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Last changed: June 2013