Fretted Clavichord- the Action

Fretted Clavichord Tangents

When you touch a key, the tangents (the dark vertical bars at the end of the key) swing up and touch the strings, simultaneously measuring off their length and sounding them. When you release the key, the white cloth woven between the strings stops them from sounding. One moving part per key- the key itself. Nothing could be simpler.

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Italian ‘Cristofori’ Harpsichord #004

Italian Harpsichord Rosette

Nothing says “happy circus wagon” like a mid-18th century style Italian harpsichord! I think this one was made by David Sutherland of Ann Arbor, MI, and it is a real joy to play. The original of this instrument is in the Stearns Collection in Ann Arbor.

This is the parchment rosette.

Italian ‘Cristofori’ Harpsichord #003

Ferrini Model Harpsichord

Nothing says “happy circus wagon” like a mid-18th century style Italian harpsichord! I think this one was made by David Sutherland of Ann Arbor, MI, and it is a real joy to play. The original of this instrument is in the Stearns Collection in Ann Arbor.

Italian ‘Cristofori’ Harpsichord #002

Ferrini Model Harpsichord

Nothing says “happy circus wagon” like a mid-18th century style Italian harpsichord! I think this one was made by David Sutherland of Ann Arbor, MI, and it is a real joy to play. The original of this instrument is in the Stearns Collection in Ann Arbor.

These instruments have such long bass strings!