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Italian Harpsichords

    Italian harpsichords are typically characterized by lightly-built cases and a short string scale which allows the use of brass wire throughout.  Their sound is direct, slightly brassy, and attenuates more quickly than other types of harpsichords.  They make excellent continuo instruments and are, of course, well suited for early Italian music.  

Small Italian Single

    Compact and easily transported, this harpsichord fits right in with a Renaissance ensemble.  It is made in the style of the Italian "inner" harpsichord with a varnished case.  The keyboard has hard maple naturals and pearwood sharps.  C/E - c''', 1 x 8'.  Length 62", width 27". 

     Options: ornate case mouldings, scrolled keywell endblocks, cut parchment "wedding cake" rose, boxwood naturals and ebony sharps.                                                                                   

 

Italian Single

     This Italian "inner" harpsichord is ideal for continuo and for playing earlier Italian literature.  The case is varnished and the keyboard has hard maple naturals and pearwood sharps.  C - d''' chromatic, transposable A415/A440, 2 x 8'.   Length  72", width   30".                                                                                                                   

    Options: ornate case mouldings, scrolled keywell endblocks, cut parchment "wedding cake" rose, boxwood naturals and ebony sharps.                                                                                      

 

Large Italian Single

     Built in the "false inner/outer" style, this instrument has a robust sound that is well suited for Scarlatti sonatas.  It has a painted case decorated with either garlands or scrollwork, keyboard of boxwood with ebony sharps, scrolled keywell endblocks, and a parchment rose.  GG - d''' chromatic, transposable A415/A440, 2 x 8'.  Length  91 1/2", width  33 1/2".                      

 

 

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