My workshop provides historically based finished harpsichords, clavichords, fortepianos, performs restorations, repairs and instrument completions. I have completed many unfinished instruments for clients who have not chosen to do so themselves for whatever reason. Repair and restoration work is performed with the intention of rendering instruments "concert" ready.
My clients here in the arid Western United States including the Aspen Music Festival and Institute, BYU, Northern Arizona University, Denver School of the Arts and the University of Northern Colorado have the advantage of purchasing an instrument made from wood that has acclimated to a drier climate. All case and soundboard parts have air dried for several years. This insures stability of tuning and lessens the need for frequent and costly adjustments to the action. Instruments brought here from the wetter coastal areas invariably develop splits and cracks in the soundboard and case. Conversely however, when I send an instrument from here to a moister environment, the wood merely expands a bit but does not break. You won't need to create a climate controlled music room for your harpsichord.
Over the past twenty-seven years I have built forty+ early keyboard instruments. You may choose from several instruments including the French double harpsichord, Flemish single and double harpsichords, two Italian harpsichords, a single and double German harpsichord and three clavichords.
A finely crafted instrument is easier and more inviting to play. It allows you to be more involved with the uniqueness of early music performed on the type of instruments on which it was composed and to enjoy the varied and fascinating tunings of those times.
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