CLAVIERS BAROQUES Information Report, the clavichord
Wittmayer Clavichord shipment WO 409 for Mr. Gordon S --------- updated March 5 , 2003
Here is your clavichord, same photo as on the website.
[below] Detail... view from treble end, showing double stringing, soundboard with rose, and the tuning pins at both ends.
[below] Detail... bass end, showing listing cloth, over-wound wire, double stringing and tuning pins. You can also see the listing cloth and some of the keys, balance pins, and tangents. All are in excelent condition. [more info]
[below] Detail ... Greater mass in the wire = lower note. In general, a larger diameter wire is also stiffer, which means it needs more energy to excite it, and on a clavichord there's only so hard you can whack it. The usual way of getting more mass without making the strings too stiff is to overwind a strong core wire with a soft but heavy wire, usually copper.

[below] While I was waiting for shipping arrangements to be finalized I put a couple of coats of shellac on the case (French polish method).

[below] That has shined it up considerably and the rings on the top (treble end, near the front) are nearly invisible now.

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