TPW Neapolitan HarpsichordInstrument conceived & designed by Marc Ducornet & Emmanuel Danset
Our Neapolitan Harpsichord was inspired by originals by Bocalari dating from the end of the 17th-century. The case is in poplar with a spruce 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, but we took the opportunity 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.
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.
49+1 notes: C–c''', transposable A392/A415/A440
|Disposition||2x8´, no buff|
|Wood||Case in poplar or lime
Inner case veneer in cypress
Swiss pine soundboard, walnut-veneered wrestplank
Bridge, nut and mouldings in walnut
|Keyboard||Boxwood naturals and fruitwood accidentals|
|Action||Traditional wooden jacks working in boxguides|
|Stand||Turned, traditional Italian style|
|Dimensions||Length 202cm ~ Width 78cm ~ Depth of case 21cm|
|Instructions||Manual in English or
full size paper drawing
|Level of difficulty||Some Experience to Professional|
|Standard version||Version 1, ready for assembly|
|Options|| Version 3, soundboard
Version 4, all woodwork completed
|Specifications subject to change without notice|
From our series of Neapolitan construction pictures: Gluing the knees to the lower bellyrail