THE PARIS WORKSHOP
Early Keyboard Instruments for professional and amateur builders
Instruments à clavier de facture historique pour facteurs professionnels et amateurs
Our French Single kit has proved very popular since its inception. Engineered for ease of construction, it makes available the famous high quality of our parts at an affordable price. To facilitate your project, we have simplified the elements that are not essential to the sound quality or stability of the structure, as well as those that serve mainly ornamental function like any ornate veneers or elaborate mouldings.
Starting with the pleasantly Italianate instruments of the early French school, we extended the compass to 56 notes to allow the performance of J.S. Bach. This harpsichord is not only ideal for beginners, but also for more advanced musicians wanting to explore the early keyboard repertoire.
Of course, it also transposes, so you can play with those friends who might still have modern pitch instruments!
We used to offer this instrument in simple guise, with only a single choir, and without many of the cabinet parts like lid & flap. However, as we have found that virtually all our builders continue to want the comprehensive instrument, we normally deliver with the second 8´choir, buff stop, music desk, lid & flap, and fallboard included.
Our photo shows the completed instrument, without the lid.
|Range||56+1 notes: GG–d''', transposable A415/A440 without the loss of d'''|
|Disposition||2x8´, buff, strung in brass and soft iron|
|Wood||Case in solid cherry, oak wrestplank, Swiss pine soundboard|
|Keyboard||Grenadilla naturals with cherry front mouldings and cherry sharps|
|Action||Traditional wooden jacks, celcon or delrin plectra|
|Stand||Three turned legs screw into case bottom|
|Dimensions||Length 197cm • Width 80cm • Depth of case 22cm|
|Instructions||Manual in English, French or German
full size drawing
|Level of difficulty||Suitable for beginners|
|Price||Standard version 1, flat parts ready for assembly $13400
Includes lid & flap, and music desk
|Australian dollar GST-inclusive prices ex
Peakhurst effective 1 January 2021.
Please enquire for export pricing.
Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.
|From our series of French Single construction pictures:
Detail of keyboard at balance rail
Sample page from the French Single Construction Manual describing this process
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