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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