Carl Dudash Harpsichords
P.O. Box 200 Norfolk, Connecticut 06058 (860) 542-5753
have made a number of different small Italian singles, from C/E-c
1 x 8 to GG/BB-d 2 x 8. All
are of the Italian inner style with varnished cases.
These harpsichords are light weight, compact, and easily transported.
They are ideal continuo instruments for both voice and small ensembles.
Their sound is crisp and clean, not overly brassy, making them well
suited for solo literature.
Prices range from $7,000 to $12,000.
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 - e''' chromatic, transposable A415/A440, 2 x 8'. Length 91 1/2", width 33 1/2". $22,000
We started with the drawings of the 1640 Andreas Ruckers and performed a petit ravalement, extending the range to accommodate later literature while retaining the Flemish character of sound. The case is painted with a single color exterior and a complimentary interior color. The keyboard has grenadilla naturals and bone-topped sharps as would be appropriate in a ravalement. GG,AA - d''', transposable A415/A440, 1 x 4', 1 x 8', or 2 x 8', buff stop. Length 76", width 32". $17,500
Same as above but fully decorated in the Flemish style: faux marbre panels on case and outer lid, Flemish seahorse papers in the keywell, decorated lid papers with Latin mottoes, and soundboard paintings. $22,500
is a brass-strung, 2 x 8' harpsichord with a more conventional parallel register
arrangement. The varnished case is
a bit heavier in construction and somewhat shorter in length than a typical
Italian. This gives it a bolder,
less brassy sound, with longer sustain. It is an excellent continuo instrument and also plays a wide
variety of harpsichord literature quite nicely. The keyboard has European
sycamore naturals and walnut sharps.
GG/BB - d''', transposable A415/A440, 2 x 8', buff stop.
Length 75", width 31".
Styled after the 1619 Mayer, this single has two choirs of brass strings at 8' pitch and three registers: a deep-plucking 8', a middle 8', and a close-plucking 8', with a buff stop on the latter two. This arrangement produces a fascinating variety of sounds - thirteen in all - with great character and clarity. Stop knobs are through the cheek as on the original. The instrument is light weight and very easy to transport. The case is varnished and the keyboard has European sycamore naturals and walnut sharps. GG/BB - d''',transposable A415/A440, 2 x 8' plus nasalzug, buff stop. Length 75", width 31. $16,500
Same as above
except case is painted black and decorated with freehand bronze strapwork. The soundboard is painted in an early German style and has a
cut parchment rose. $23,000
Mariken Palmboom, concert harpsichordist
from Holland now living in the USA, commissioned a larger version of the above
Smith/Meyer. It has a range of FF, GG-f''',chromatic, transposable A415/A440, 2 x 8' plus
stop. Length 86", width 35". $27,500
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