TPW 17th century French Single Harpsichord
Instrument conceived & designed
by Marc Ducornet & Emmanuel Danset
Copyright © 2006 TPW
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!
|Range||56+1 notes: GG-d''', transposable A415/A440 without the loss of d'''|
|Disposition||2x8´, buff, strung in brass and soft iron|
|Wood||Case in solid wild American cherry, oak wrestplank, Swiss pine soundboard|
|Keyboard||Grenadilla naturals with cherry front mouldings and cherry sharps|
|Action||Traditional wooden jacks, celcon or delrin plectra|
|Stand||Three turned legs screw into case bottom|
|Dimensions||Length 197cm ~ Width 80cm ~ Depth of case 22cm|
|Instructions||Manual in English, French
full size paper drawing
|Level of difficulty||Suitable for beginners|
|Standard version||Version 1, ready for assembly|
|Specifications subject to change without notice|
From our series of French Single construction pictures: Detail of keyboard at balance rail