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The thin-sided italian harpsichord is a good choice for continuo playing. These delicate instruments with a distinctive sound character can be characterized by small dimensions and weight, striking, but noble sound and a typical decoration (see a stand, a keyboard and mouldings).

A plucking point is carefully chosen. Thanks to thin co-resonating strings the sound has a dramatic initiation and a rather fast decay. Even with such small dimensions it can serve well in an orchestra or an ensemble, where especially with singers complements each other well. Such typical characteristics is found as a disadvantage, when trying to play some for example late French solo repertoir. For continuo playing this limitation is smaller.

The soundboard design is inspired by a Taraglia harpsichord, 1704 Mestre, it adopts two parallel soundbars and cross orientation of a soundboard wood.

There are three basic variants: a small instrument with thin sides (withoud a lid), the same one with a separate outer case and a false-inner-outer construction.

Cedar, padauk, maple and other woods are suitable for Italian case construction, with a possibility of an intarsia decoration along a whole instrument. Keyboard has a boxwood cover and sharps can be made from ebony (blocks or with an insert of a contrasting material).

Registers: 8', 2x8'. Compass: GG-d3, CC-c3.