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When looking for a harpsichord being able to fulfill both solo repertoir and continuo needs, one should consider an instrument built in a Flemish or French style. A noble, gentle but sonorous and strong tone with rather long sustain is the result of an excellent acoustical design we have inherited from the Ruckers and other masters. Harpsichords are made upon request concerning tone compass, dimensions, stand and decoration. Usually they are based on models like J. Ruckers 1637 and A. Ruckers 1640.

A simple stand is included, but an elaborate stand can be made with two frames and turned or double twisted legs. These harpsichords can be decorated with printed papers, marbling, soundboard and lid painting, guilding.

In preparation there are other French models inspired an early French building school (V. Tibaut 1681) and later (S. Garnier 1747).

The walnut harpsichords shown on pictures are of a franco-flemish building style, with no particular harpsichord as a model. These instruments have a rather thinnish sides, and nice transparenet look treated with oil and wax.

Keyboard is made from ebony with bone topped sharps, carved key fronts. A nice option is reversed keyboard (lower keys from bone and black sharps), which can be elaborately decorated with carved bone fronts, put on red paper, or stamped leather arcades.

Disposition: 2 x 8' or 2 x 8' + 4', lute register.

Compass: FF-f3, GG-d3, CC-c3. Double or triple transposition.