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The Italian Harpsichord Kit, 49 note "Neapolitan"


Conceived & designed by Marc Ducornet & Emmanuel Danset

The Paris Workshop's Italian 49 note

"Our New Italian Harpsichord was inspired by a Neapolitan original dating from the end of the 17th-century. The case is in poplar with a fir soundboard, and is of "false inner-outer" construction, tricking the eye into believing that this is an instrument resting in an independent external case. This conceit is enhanced by the contrast of the inner natural wood against the painted exterior.

Our case is built in traditional Italian manner around the bottom, with the sides reinforced by knees and framing. We use the expected 2x8' disposition of the Italian harpsichord, without buff. The two unison choirs are permanently engaged, and while there is no provision to change registration, one can move either of the traditional boxguide registers to disengage a choir, perhaps to facilitate tuning.

The keyboard of the original had a short octave bass. Being of much wider octave span than later examples, we took the opportunity to modify it to our standard dimensions, this enabling us to extend the bass to fully chromatic from C.

The instrument is delivered with a lid and fallboard, music desk, and a turned stand in traditional Italian style. This exciting harpsichord has a precise touch, and a bright and pure sound with pronounced attack. It makes an ideal continuo instrument and provides inspiration for the incredible solo Italian keyboard repertoire." -- Marc Ducornet


Disposition  2x8'
Range  49 notes: CDEF-d''', short octave with broken sharps
Dimensions  length 165cm; width 60cm; depth of case 19cm 
Weight  about 60 lbs (25kg)
Action  keyboard with boxwood naturals and fruitwood sharps; wooden jacks working in boxguides; strung in brass
Wood  case in cedar or similar wood; spruce soundboard; bridge, nut and molding in cherry 
Stand  turned in beech, in two pieces 
Instructions  manual in English with photographs; full-size paper drawing 
Level of difficulty some experience  

Standard Stage: Stage 1, ready to assemble.
$ 6,238.54 CAD*
$ 4,656.07 USD *
4062.50 €

Options available:

Stage 3, soundboard installed.
$ 9,728.92 CAD*
$ 7,261.08 USD *
6335.42 €
Other stages up to finished instrument
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* Prices are listed in Euros as of Jan 01 2003, Canadian and Euro 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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