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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 Franco-Flemish style. Solid walnut case with relatively thin sides (10mm) is a bit lower and less heavier than late French models. On the other hand, inner bracing is reinforced to maintain good structure stability and tuning. As a result the harpsichord is less heavy than comparable instruments.

Walnut case design resembles early French models (Tibaut) or German harpsichords, but soundboard ribbing is made after later franco-flemish school. In general the instrument is remarkable for its cultivated sound, well-balanced including very high and bass notes with long sustain, at the expence of sound intensity and penetration.

The same case can be made non-transparent - painted. I would be deligted to make an intarsia, a soundboard painting or an elaborate stand.

Keyboard is made from ebony/bone with inlaid arcades.

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

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