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CLAVIERS BAROQUES' Bermudo clavichord

Detail of Bass End of Bermudo Clavichord Detail of bass end. The hitchpin block is of oak for strength and to hold the pins tight. We made this one using bird's-eye oak for pretty. The key-end guide is of grey elm with a cherry cap, although beech and cherry are used more often. The keyshanks are poplar or basswood, as on this one, which has a nicer colour. The strings do not sound on the bass side of the tangents, so listing cloth, strips of felt, are woven into the strings to silence them and to keep the action from being spongy. You can see the overwinding in the 4 lowest string pairs. We do this to add more mass to the bass strings for a richer sound.

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