TPW Hemsch French Double Harpsichord

Instrument conceived & designed by Marc Ducornet & Emmanuel Danset
Copyright © 2006 TPW

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 our French Double is full of color and nuance, with a majestic bass. While the range of 63 notes permits performance of virtually the entire harpsichord repertoire, this instrument is obviously the best choice for playing the late French music.

Our photograph shows the optional elegant Louis XVI-style table stand.

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Range 63 notes: FF-g''', transposable A392/A415/A440
Disposition 2x8´, 1x4´, buff
stop levers in keywell
Wood Case in lime
Bentside in solid lime
Oak wrestplank
Bottom and lid in solid wood
Swiss pine soundboard
Keyboard Two reverse keyboards with ebony naturals, bone-slipped accidentals, pearwood arcades
Action Traditional wooden jacks
Assembly Braces either tongue and grooved, or dovetailed
Stand Turned in beech, dismountable
Music desk Traditional continuo desk
Dimensions Length 237cm ~ Width 94cm ~ Depth of case 28cm
Weight about 70kg
Instructions Manual in English or French
full size paper drawing
Level of difficulty Experienced to Professional
Standard version Version 2, case assembled
Options Version 3, soundboard installed
Version 4, all woodwork completed
Louis XVI-style stand parts
Specifications subject to change without notice

Gluing the 8' nut 28K jpeg

From our series of Hemsch construction pictures: Gluing the 8' nut


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