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The Delin Spinet Kit


Designed by Marc Ducornet and Emmanuel Danset

The Paris Workshop's Delin Spinet

"Our Spinet was inspired by an original instrument dated 1770, built by Albertus Delin (1712-1771) in Tournai and now preserved in the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum. We have slightly modified the original specifications to provide a 56 note keyboard which allows transposition to A440 without the loss of the top note.

This model was originally intended to be only available as a finished instrument, but as we proceeded with the development of the prototypes, we found it ideal as a kit for many reasons. The ease of construction and the low price assist the first-time builder, and for a player beginning to explore the fascinating world of early keyboards, here is an instrument with good tone, pleasant touch, and a keyboard compass sufficient for perhaps more that 90% of the repertoire."

-- Marc Ducornet


Disposition  1x8'
Range  56+1 notes: GG-d''', transposable A415/A440 without loss of top d''' 
Dimensions  length 165cm; width 60cm; depth of case 19cm 
Weight  about 17 kg 
Action  Keyboard with maple naturals and fruitwood sharps, wooden jacks
Wood  case in poplar or similar wood; Swiss pine soundboard 
Stand  three screw-in legs 
Instructions  manual in French, English, or German; full-size paper drawing 
Level of difficulty suitable for beginners 


Standard Stage: Stage 1, ready to assemble.
$ 4,263.00 CAD*
$ 3,181.65 USD *
2 776,04

Options available:

Stage 3, soundboard installed
$ 5,598.69 CAD*
$ 4,178.53 USD*
3 645,83 €
Reverse keyboard with arcades
$ 611.06 CAD*
$ 456.06 USD*
397,92 €
Flap on the keyboard
$ 182.36 CAD*
$ 136.10 USD*
118,75 €
Moulding to top of case
$103.98 CAD*
$77.60 USD*
67,71 €
Turned legs (3)
$ 87.98 CAD*
$ 65.66 USD*
57.29 €
Plastic drawing (instead of paper)
$ 68.78 CAD*
$51.34 USD*
44.79 €

* Prices are listed in Euros as of Jan 01 2003. Canadian and US dollar prices are calculated using exchange rates on November 2, 2003. Air freight to a major airport and customs clearance is included; local delivery from a major airport and any applicable taxes, duties, etc. are EXTRA. These kits come from France and exchange rates change all the time, so we suggest you contact us to confirm prices or check rates using The Universal Currency Converter.

Delin spinet (2003) by first-time builder Harry S -- see his report.   Delin spinet in natural finish.

-- updated November 6, 2003






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