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CLAVIERS BAROQUES -- Instruments for long and short-term rental

French Double Harpsichord "Muguette"

French Double Harpsichord "Muguette", after Taskin 1769; traditional dark green and red with gold bands and trim, FF to g''', 2 x 8' plus 4' and buff, triple transposing (A = 392, 415, or 440). Dimensions: 95" (7'11") long by 38" wide. This instrument was designed and built as a Concert Double. It is solidly built and stable. It transports easily and sets up quickly. It has a very full voice and will be heard to the last row of the hall. Venues she has appeared in include Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, the Hummingbird Centre, George Weston Recital Hall of the Toronto Centre for the Arts, Jane Mallett Theatre, the Glenn Gould Studio, The Princess of Wales, the Four Seasons Centre and many more. She is a regular with the Canadian Opera Company. The action has been set up to be highly adjustable for touch and tone. This French double is the ideal concert instrument for solo (see her nice review) and chamber works. As a continuo instrument, it will make its presence known through a modern symphony orchestra, using all the registers and coupler. For a small baroque ensemble, the registers can be quickly adjusted for an appropriate balance.

Her organ-like tone and deep bass make her ideal for the late French repertoire; she is splendid, for example, with Forqueray (sound sample Jupiter), François Couperin and Balbastre. The harpsichordist is the amazing Professor Tatiana Zenaishvili of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, recorded at a concert she gave here in Toronto for Claviers Baroques in June 2000. Muguette is also a good accompaniment for singers and provides elegant and unobtrusive support for recitative. Her credits include appearances with the Canadian Opera Company (many times), Les Arts Florissants, les violons du roy, recitals by Emma Kirkby and Kathleen Battle; she appeared with Arcade Fire at the 2011 Juno Awards (yes, really, see it on YouTube here), recordings for radio and TV broadcast, movies and CD's -- the list goes on and on. Value -- $30,000. Muguette is not actually for sale, but if you like, we can make you another one just like it, and in any colour you like.

Dimensions: 97 cm wide and 237 cm long, 94 cm high on her stand (38" x 92 " x 37").  The bench adds maybe another 50 cm /(20") out the front, depending on how close your player likes to sit. The lid when open adds another 75 cm (30") or so in height

Concert rental fee $600 – includes delivery, tuning for one rehearsal, tuning for the performance with attendance at the performance and a touch-up tuning at intermission, and removal after the performance. Additional tunings for rehearsal are charged at $150 each, additional tunings for performances at $200 each (includes attendance and tuning at intermission), additional moves at $150.00. Travel charges of $1 per km apply out of the Greater Toronto area (ie, anything over 50 km from our shop). GST or HST (Ontario) extra.

Long-term rental $600 for the first month -- includes pick up and delivery (in the Greater Toronto area), set-up and two tunings, mileage charges apply out of the Greater Toronto area), subsequent months are $300. We will come by to tune Muguette every two months, in between you can touch it up as required -- don't worry, it's easy, we'll show you how. We provide a tuning wrench and electronic tuning meter. GST or HST (Ontario) extra.

Studio rental $10.00/hour -- practice time in our shop is available when Muguette is not otherwise engaged. Ideal for players or singers preparing for concerts, competitions, auditions or examinations. Call ahead to book so that we can make sure she is set up and tuned and that we are not operating the table saw while you are trying to practice. GST or HST (Ontario) extra.

For more information or to book her, contact us
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  Muguette in the Eaton Court of the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto ON

  Muguette's keyboard goes from FF to g''' and is triple transposing (A = 392, 415, or 440). Ideal for late Baroque repertoire, also enough notes for piano editions of earlier works.

  Disposition is 2x8" plus 4" and buff.






Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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