THE PARIS WORKSHOP
Early Keyboard Instruments for professional and amateur builders
Instruments à clavier de facture historique pour facteurs professionnels et amateurs
This instrument is made in the grand tradition of the large French harpsichords of the 18th-century. Inspired by the surviving instruments of Henri Hemsch, the tone of our French Double is full of color and nuance, with a majestic bass. While the range of 63 notes permits performance of virtually the entire harpsichord repertoire, this instrument is obviously the best choice for playing the late French music.
Our photograph shows the current model on the optional Louis XVI-style table stand.
|Range||63 notes: FF–g''', transposable A392/A415/A440|
|Disposition||2x8´, 1x4´, buff
stop levers in keywell
|Wood||Case in lime
Bentside either in solid lime, or laminated in several layers
Bottom and lid in solid wood
Swiss pine soundboard
|Keyboard||Two reverse keyboards with ebony naturals, bone-slipped accidentals, pearwood arcades|
|Action||Traditional wooden jacks|
|Assembly||Braces either tongue and grooved, or dovetailed|
|Stand||Turned in beech, dismountable|
|Music desk||Historic style, pivoting for continuo score sharing|
|Dimensions||Length 237cm • Width 94cm • Depth of case 28cm|
|Instructions||Manual in English or French
full size paper drawing
|Level of difficulty||Experienced to Professional|
|Standard version||Version 2, case assembled|
|Options||Version 3, soundboard installed
Version 4, all woodwork completed
Louis XVI-style stand parts, version 2 $7700
|Price||Standard version 2, case assembled $17220|
|Australian dollar GST-inclusive prices ex
Peakhurst effective July 1 2016.
GST-exempt prices available for export.
Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.
|From our series of Hemsch construction pictures:
Gluing the 8´nut
Sample page from the Hemsch French Double Construction Manual describing this process
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