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The French Single Harpsichord Kit


designed by by Marc Ducornet and Emmanuel Danset


"Our French Single kit has proved very popular in the short time since its inception. Engineered for ease of construction, it makes available the famous high quality of our parts at an affordable price. To facilitate your project, we have simplified the elements that are not essential to the sound quality or stability of the structure, as well as those that serve mainly ornamental function like any ornate veneers or elaborate mouldings.

"Starting with the pleasantly Italianate instruments of the early French school, we extended the compass to 56 notes to allow the performance of J.S. Bach. This harpsichord is not only ideal for beginners, but also for more advanced musicians wanting to explore the early keyboard repertoire.

"Of course, it also transposes, so you can play with those friends who might still have modern pitch instruments!" -- Marc Ducornet


Range 56 + 1 notes: GG-d''', transposable A415/A440 without the loss of d'''
Disposition 1x8', strung in brass and soft iron (second 8' and buff are available as options)
Wood Case in solid wild American cherry, oak wrestplank, fir soundboard
Keyboard Grenadilla naturals with cherry front mouldings and cherry sharps
Action Simple wooden jacks, celcon or delrin plectra
Stand Three turned legs screw into case bottom
Dimensions Length 197cm ~ Width 80cm ~ Depth of case 22cm
Weight about 40kg / 85 lbs
Instructions Manual in English, French or German with photographs
full size drawing
Level of difficulty Suitable for beginners
Standard Stage: Version 1, ready to assemble
$ 5,797.04 CAD *
$ 4,326.57 USD *
3 775,00 €

Options available:

Second 8' register (jacks, register and wire)
$ 481.49 CAD *
$ 359.35 USD *
313,54 €
Buff stop
$ 70.38 CAD *
$ 52.53 USD *
45,83 €
$ 463.89 CAD *
$ 346.22 USD *
302,08 €
Fall board
$ 239.94 CAD *
$ 179.08 USD *
156,25 €
Music desk, ready to assemble
$ 132.77 CAD*
$ 99.09 USD *
86,46 €
"value package", includes second register
$ 6,278.53 CAD *
$ 4,685.92 USD *
4 088,54 €
"deluxe package", includes all above options
$ 7,185.51 CAD*
$ 5,362.84 USD *
4 679,16 €
Version 6 : finished instrument available now! French single on consignment, more info, pictures.
$11,900 CAD *
plus shipping, etc.
$9,000 USD *
plus shipping, etc.
7 815,00 €
plus shipping, etc.

* 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.

This French single is is Cerise, built in 1996 by first-time builder Jeff D of Kitchener ON

Canadian premiere! This French single,the first one in Canada, was built in 1994 for Lorna B of Ottawa by her friend, artist John Curry .

French single "Katerina" built for Wayne W of New Jersey
French single built by Claviers Baroques for Pat H of Toronto, ON

-- updated March 4, 2009






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