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The French Double Harpsichord Kit


designed by Marc Ducornet and Emmanuel Danset

"This instrument is made in the grand tradition of the large French harpsichords of the 18th century. Inspired by the surviving instruments of Henri Hemsch, the tone of this French Double is full of colour and nuance, with a majestic bass. While the range of 63 notes (FF-g''') permits performance of virtually the entire harpsichord repertoire, this instrument is obviously the best choice for playing late French music. Disposition: 2x8', 1x4', buff." -- Marc Ducornet


Disposition 2x8', 1x4', buff; stop levers in keywell
Range 63 notes: FF-g''', transposable A415/A440
Dimensions length 93.3"; width 37"; depth of case 11"
Weight about 155 lbs
Action two reverse keyboards with ebony naturals, bone-slipped sharps, and pearwood arcades; wooden jacks
Wood case in lime; bentside either in solid lime, or laminated in several layers; oak wrestplank; bottom and lid in solid wood; spruce soundboard
Assembly braces either tongue and grooved or dovetailed
Stand turned in beech, dismountable
Music Desk adjustable angle of desk and sled position
Instructions manual in English or French with photographs; full-size mylar drawing (paper for Stages 3 or 4)
Level of difficulty Experienced

Standard Stage: Stage 2, case assembled
$ 12,859.39 CAD *
$ 9,597.48 USD *
8 373,75 €

Options available:

Stage 3, soundboard installed, with TPW rose.
$ 14,783.73 CAD *
$ 11,033.70 USD *
9 627,50 €
Stage 4, woodwork complete, with TPW rose
$ 16,629.70 CAD *
$ 12,411.42 USD *
10 828,75 €
Louis XVI-style stand, partially assembled, version 2
$ 4,464.55 CAD *
$ 3,332.08 USD *
2 907,50 €

* 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.

-- updated November 6, 2003






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