It’s a challenge to design a simple and inexpensive, yet musically worthwhile harpsichord. Emmanuel Danset’s aim was to fulfill the need for a traditionally-shaped harpsichord in a similar price range to a new spinet. The Cadet model appeals to players who previously may only have been able to consider a secondhand instrument.
This Petit Clavecin is made by the craftsmen at Atelier Marc Ducornet in Paris, and forms the latest addition to their Logo range of entry-level instruments.
The Cadet is single-strung, light and resonant. There is no plywood, chipboard, or MDF: The case and lid are made from solid lime, and the soundboard is Swiss pine. You can chose from five vibrant modern colors, painted directly on the wood of the case without undercoat. The three square-tapered legs screw into the bottom, and are varnished natural wood to match the soundboard rim, keywell, music desk and lid stick. The instrument is strung using traditional tuning pins and soft wire, and the wooden jacks are of traditional design.
The simple fruitwood keyboard with 56-note range allows the performance of J.S. Bach. For maximum versatility, the keyboard transposes up to modern pitch A440 without the loss of the top note. (It also transposes down to A392, without bottom GG.)
This delightful and dependable harpsichord has a clear and incisive tone, and we highly recommend it as a first harpsichord. Recent institutional orders in Australia include Mentone Grammar School (Melbourne); McDonald College, Reddam House and PLC Croydon (Sydney); and West Moreton Anglican College (Brisbane).
Our photo shows the Cadet model in the Ibiza color, with the included music desk.
|Range||56+1 notes: GG–d''', transposable A392/A415/A440 without the loss of d'''|
|Disposition||1x8´, strung in Malcolm Rose brass & iron
|Wood||Case in lime, oak wrestplank, Swiss pine soundboard|
|Keyboard||Fruitwood naturals and accidentals|
|Action||Traditional wooden jacks, Delrin plectra|
|Stand||Three tapered legs screw into case bottom|
|Decoration||Choice of five colors, painted with three coats directly on the wood
Soundboard rim, keywell, music desk, lid stick & legs varnished wood
|Dimensions||Length 173cm ~ Width 80cm ~ Depth of case 22cm|
Reverse keyboard (ebony naturals & bone-slipped accidentals) $1100
|Australian dollar GST-inclusive prices ex
Peakhurst effective August 1 2018.
GST-exempt prices available for export.
Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.
|Fully imported instruments|
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