TPW Delin Spinet

Instrument conceived & designed by Marc Ducornet & Emmanuel Danset
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Early Keyboard Instruments for professional and amateur builders

Instruments à clavier de facture historique pour facteurs professionnels et amateurs

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Our Spinet was inspired by an original instrument dated 1770, built by Albertus Delin (1712–1771) in Tournai and now preserved in the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum. We have slightly modified the original specification to provide a 56+1-note keyboard which allows transposition to A440 without the loss of the top note.

This model was originally intended to be only available as a finished instrument, but as we proceeded with the development of the prototypes, we found it ideal as a kit for many reasons. The ease of construction and the low price assist the first-time builder, and for a player beginning to explore the fascinating world of early keyboards, here is an instrument with good tone, pleasant touch, and a keyboard compass sufficient for perhaps 90% of the repertoire.

Range 56+1 notes: GG–d''', transposable A415/A440 without the loss of d'''
Disposition 1x8⁠´, no buff
Wood Case in poplar or similar, Swiss pine soundboard
Keyboard Simple keyboard with maple naturals and fruitwood accidentals
Action Traditional wooden jacks
Stand Three tapered square legs screw into case bottom
Dimensions Length 165cm • Width 60cm • Depth of case 19cm
Weight about 17kg
Instructions Manual in English, French or German with sketches
full size paper drawing
Level of difficulty Suitable for beginners
Options Reverse keyboard with arcades $1550
Flap with hinges to cover the keyboard $410
Case top mouldings $160
Turned legs (3) $160
Price Standard version 1, flat parts ready for assembly $9750
Australian dollar GST-inclusive prices ex Peakhurst effective 1 January 2024.
Please enquire for export pricing.
Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.

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From our series of Delin construction sketches:
Cutaway view of completed keyboard

pdf icon 1K png  Sample page from the Delin School Spinet Construction Manual describing this process

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