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Here at the Harpsichord Clearing House Gallery you can see, play and evaluate many of the best instruments in the country.
Located in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, about an hour south of Boston, and four hours from New York City, our gallery and staff welcome you to spend the day, getting to know the fine points of instruments from different builders—side by side, both new and used.
Now in our 44th year of building and brokering, we regularly offer instruments by Dowd, Hubbard, Zuckermann, Herz, Martin, Kingston, Hill, Ross, Klinkhamer, Fisk, Bennett, Kaeser and many others. Here you will also find the more rarely seen work of builders such as Skowroneck, Belt, Challis, Dolmetsch and Goff—as well as an occasional antique.
We are the foremost provider of continuo organs in North America offering the distinguished work of Henk Klop (Netherlands), David Leach (UK) and John Bennett (USA). A number of European builders also use our gallery and expertise to show their instruments, giving you an opportunity to experience exciting examples of both national and international styles of the historical keyboard world. Our technical staff is second to none.
Prices and description are subject to change based on evaluation and work in progress.
We list all of our Gallery instruments below.You will also find them on our Complete List, marked with the letters "HCH".
Featured now in our Gallery
Italian by Nicolaus Damm 2010 , after Alessandro Trasuntino, Venice, 1531. 2 x 8", GG/BB -d''' transposing.(C-d"' @ 415) Octave span is 6 1/2" - Case of Philippine mahogany and other indigenous woods, elaborately decorated in the Italian style, including pearl studs and parchment rose. Wooden jacks. This is a NEW instrument entirely revoiced and regulated by the HCH shop 2013 and will serve as a fine continuo instrument-- bold and portable! Includes music rack, tool kit. 82" x 33". $9,500
Fr Double by Willard Martin 1986 Opus 226; 8',8',4', buff, FF-f''', transposing A392 / 415 / 440 , after Blanchet, 1720. Lid painting by Evan Wilson. Full soundboard deco by Pamela Gladding. Louis XIII spiral stand. 93.5 x 37" A beautiful instrument from a fine professional builder. $25,000
Zuckermann Italian 8', 8', C/E-d"' with two split sharps, transposing. True inner-outer, Yellow cedar case, with separate wooden outer case. Two piece turned stand. brown delrin jacks working in box guides; strung in brass. Wil be totally rebuilt by HCH 2014. Call for information.
Frank Hubbard Franco/Flemish double, 8', 8', 4', buff, FF-g''' transposing. From the 60's - Case in two tones of green with papers and lid motto, trestle stand. To be totally rebuilt. Call for information.
The Gallery/ Harpsichords, Single Manual
Single after Dulcken by Jan Albarda, Canada, 1976. 8', 8', 4', buff non transposing; GG - e''' 58 notes. Stained case with paneled lid, reverse keyboard. $5900
Eric Herz S model, 1977. 8',8', buff, AA-f''', non transposing includes matching bench and custom soft cover; case in cherry veneer; Meticulously maintained and kept in tune; this a solidly built Herz single that will be updated and refurbished in the HCH shop.$7,500
#3193 HCH Sold
Single by Peter Redstone, 1988, after an English instrument by Thomas Barton, 1709. 8', 8', buff. 58 notes, FF-d'''. Walnut case. Reverse keyboard of ebony and bone. Wooden jacks. Handsome hardware, painted board. Regularly played, tuned on a regular basis. $7,500
Challis single, 1948; AA - f''' 57 notes non transposing. A typical small Challis with an aluminum soundboard, walnut case with signature ornate hinges and hardware; a compact instrument 57" x 33.5". $7900
Flemish single by Joseph T. Marshall c. 1968, copy of 1648 Ruckers. This instrument is illustrated on page 144 in 'The Modern Harpsichord' by Wolfgang Zuckermann. 8', 4'; 49 notes C - c''' non transposing at A440. This instrument has been well maintained, continuously played and cared for by professional musicians, most recently professional service was in 2007. Keyboard of ivory and ebony, leather covered registers; in 2005 the historical style tuning pins were drilled to make string replacement easier, endpins were installed on the jacks, tongue springs were replaced and instrument was professionally requilled in Delrin. Jacks are pearwood with holly tongues, wire is Rose Special A iron and yellow brass. Flemish block-papered throughout, with mottoes and soundboard in the Flemish style; dark green exterior with gold bands. The stand is a Rucker's "balloon" four-baluster design in solid teak with an oiled finish. $9,500
#3362 HCH Sold
Flemish single after Moermans by Frank Hubbard, circa 1970. 8', 8', buff; C-d''' non transposing. Case in solid walnut throughout, including the case bottom; ebony/ivory reverse keyboard. Pretty moldings throughout. This is a rather rare type of single from the Hubbard shop, and very nicely done. 74" long x 33" wid. This instrument has been completely refurbished in our shop. $9500
Italian by Nicolaus Damm 2010 , after Alessandro Trasuntino, Venice, 1531. 2 x 8", GG/BB -d''' transposing.(C-d"' @ 415) Octave span is 6 1/2" - Case of Philippine mahogany and other indigenous woods, elaborately decorated in the Italian style, including pearl studs and parchment rose. Wooden jacks. This is a NEW instrument entirely revoiced and regulated by the HCH shop 2013 and will serve as a fine continuo instrument-- bold and portable! Includes music rack, tool kit. 82.5" x 33". $9,500
Flemish single by Lynette Tsiang, Boston, 1978. 8', 8', buff; GG/BB - d''' with two split sharps in the bass. Bone keyboard with ebony sharps. Pretty faux finishing on case exterior, papered and painted interior, turned stand. Includes custom padded cover and tool kit. $9800
# HCH - In Process
17th Century French single by Peter Fisk, 2014. 8', 8' with wood jacks and celcon voicing. GG-d"' triple transposing 392 / 415 / 440. Keyboard of ebony with tiger maple sharps. Turned leg platform stand which disassembles for travel. Ideal continuo instrument. Dimensions: 78" x 32", weight of approximately 85lbs. From a professional builder. Includes custom padded cover, tool kit. $11,900 >> Editor's note: This instrument is under construction by Peter Fisk and will be available around March 2014..You can be involved in choosing the decor....
Italian style harpsichord by William Dowd FF - g''', 8', 8', buff, boxwood naturals, ebony sharps; A440 non transposing; walnut case; all updates done by Don Angle. A lovely Dowd in beautiful condition. $12,500
Zuckermann Concert Flemish single by Glenn Giuttari, 2009; 8', 8' leather, 4' and buff; GG - f''' 59 notes, transposing. This is the large Zuckermann single done in our shop with three choirs and five octaves.; plastic jacks; Faux marble case exterior with Flemish papers throughout, full painted soundboard, turned stand. $12,500
#3411 HCH Sold
Flemish single (Zuckermann) by Glenn Giuttari ; 8', 8', buff ; GG-d"', 56 note + 1, transposing 415/440. Blue exterior with flemish papers; turned oak stand; bone keyboard with ebony sharps, plastic jacks. Rebuilt in our shop in 2013. $12,500
Herz German single, Opus 409, 1984. 8', 8', buff; GG - e''' transposing. Walnut veneer case with reverse keyboard, Walnut trestle stand. Detail of bridge. From the noted Boston builder. $12,500
Flemish single by Fisk and Muller, 1992. 8' 8' buff 56 note GG-d"' transposing. 415/440. Pearwood jacks, Celcon plectra, turned oak stand, matching music desk and lid stick. Burgundy exterior with gilt bands. 82" long, 33" wide. Flemish papers in case interior. Includes custom padded cover, tool kit. A fine, professionally built instrument. $13,900
New Flemish single manual harpsichord by Glenn Giuttari, 2013; 8', 8', buff stop, with ebony naturals and bone topped sharps; 4 1/2 octaves, GG-d"'. transposing A415/A440; wooden jacks; handstops through the nameboard;Currently undecorated, this instrument can receive Flemish or French style decoration: Full marbled case with Flemish papering to keywell, soundboard surround and lid. Customer choice of Latin lid mottoes; alternate paint scheme would be one solid color with gold bands in the French style; either decorative scheme receives a turned Flemish style stand. $14,000.
#3311 HCH Sale pending
French Single by Tom Pixton, 1979. 8', 8', buff. GG - e''' 58 notes transposing A415 / 440. Turned trestle stand, French blue case with gold bands and moldings throughout. Full painted soundboard by Barbara Pixton. Includes custom padded cover, bench, music rack and toolkit. From a professional builder. $14,500
David Jenks Italian, 1993, Opus 11, GG-d''', 8', 8', wooden jacks, marbled case, 2 piece stand with turned legs; includes padded cover, tools kit. This is a large Italian, 38 x 100", from a professional builder; a true "inner / outer instrument, the inner instrument, of cedar, is removable from the elaborately marbled outer case. Well maintained; $14,500.
French single, 2010 by Theodore Robertson, based on the Boston MFA's Couchet-Blanchet-Taskin. 8', 8', buff; 61 notes FF-f''', transposing 415/440; music desk after the Ruckers -Taskin; soundboard painting, gold bands, floral garlands in the key well; equipped with keyboard adjustment screws on the bottom of the case for seasonal adjustment; pearwood jacks with delrin plectra; tapered tuning pins; Louis XVI stand. $15,900 / reasonable offer.
French Single by William Dowd, 1978, 8',8', bufff, GG-d''', 56 notes, transposing A415/A440, dark blue painted case with gold bands, turned trestle stand, Includes spare strings, tuning hammer and canvas cover, dimensions 86" x 34", $16,000.
Italian by David Sutherland, 1984; 8'. 8', GG - d''', transposing ; wooden jacks, walnut case with keywell and jackrail of maple. Pretty turned walnut stand. Includes bench and padded cover. From a professional builder. $16,000
German Single, 1989 by Eric Herz ; 8', 8', buff, GG - e''' transposing; case exterior in maroon with gilded moldings; reverse keyboard ; soundboard painting by Sheridan Germann; length 6' 11", width 36"; includes matching bench, custom padded cover and tools. A fine Herz single, well maintained. $16,000
HCH Special Order (shown above)
Giuttari Italian "Messina" (shown above) - 52 notes: BB-d"' transposing. 8' 8'. with its case in maple. Based on an anonymous Italian and my own building experience, and designed for portability (66" spine) and quality of sound. Italian box registers, wooden jacks with delrin plectra. Spruce diagonal board. We are making up three more of these (Opus 4 :delivered to Illinois Wesleyan University , Opus 5 to SUNY/StonyBrook, Opus 6 -Residence Robert Kidd, MA). On 6 month delivery. Inquire for price.
Klop Italian harpsichord, 8', 8', registers in brass; AA-d''', Transposing 415/440. (72" x 34" ~ 6 1/4" octave) 35 lbs.Case and stand in Italian cypress wood. Keyboard with tapering inlay sharp. End blocks carved in cypress. Excellent action. Instrument has a custom compartmentalized shipping box which houses the instrument and all stand parts and tools for easy, fully protected travel. In stock and ready for immediate delivery. $18,500
Flemish style single manual harpsichord after Delin by Robert Duffy, 2013, 8', 8', buff; range GG - e'''; transposing A415/A440; ebony naturals, bone topped sharps; painted soundboard; turned stand; dimensions 35" X 85". $20,000
Single manual Italian, 2011, by David Sutherland, double-strung in brass, with register levers in the keywell; 56 notes GG to d''', with an extra course of strings to make all notes playable in either keyboard position (A415, A 440); wooden jacks; Case / lid / flap in cherry veneer. Two-part stand of dark-stained oak. Includes spare strings, tuning hammer, canvas cover. From a professional builder. $20,000
The Gallery/ Virginals & Spinets
#3334 HCH Sold
Neupert spinet circa 1970, C-f''' 54 notes non transposing, split buff. Compact and easily moveable. 48" long x 27"deep. $3200
#3012 HCH Sold
Spinettino by Arnold Dolmetsch,1930. C - c''' 49 notes. Currently tuned to quint pitch. Nicely detailed in mahogany with pearwood arcades on the keyfronts; completely removable from the handsome outer case. $3500
Zuckermann Italian virginal built by Margaret Hood circa 1980. 1X8', 54 notes, BB-e''' Can also be tuned in short octave GG/BB-e'''. French blue case, keyboard of box and oak. From a professional builder. Dimensions 17" x 64". $3800
Ottavino by John Challis . C - d'''. Bought from John Challis in 1934. Challis built this instrument while he was still with Dolmetsch in England. In the 1930s, he installed a bakelite wrestplank. Wooden jacks quilled in leather. In 1972 He replaced the original soundboard (signed John Challis, Ypsilanti, Michigan) which had cracked in the intervening years. Includes the original travel crate. $4200
Ottavino by F. Jacob Kaeser, 2011 after Ioannes Carcassi, 1698; 4 octaves C - c''', 1x4’. Naturals in casein, sharps in walnut. Walnut case painted light green, papered interior; wooden jacks with celcon quill; 30 inches long. From a fine professional builder. This would make a fine first instrument for a small child. Full sound, includes audio out port for further amplification $4200
Zuckermann Italian virginal 1X8', 54 notes, BB-e''' Can also be tuned in short octave GG/BB-e'''. Simply finished case also makes this an attractive instrument for custom painting. To be reworked in the HCH shop 2013. $4500 ( rebuilt price).
#3432 HCH Sold
Italian virginal by Carl Dudash, 1985. C/E - d''' (short octave). This is a light and compact little virginal, easily transportable by two people. Rectangular case is 48" long x 15" deep plus 5'' for the projecting keyboard. Well cared for by one owner. Fanciful case decoration throughout. Includes turned bench, music rack and tool kit. From a professional builder. $4800
#3257 HCH Sold
French Spinet by Bizzi, Italy 2002. FF-f"', 61 notes, transposing, with buff stop. Natural mahogany case with gold banding. Latin motto "Musica Laetitiae Comes Medicina Dolorum" on lid, includes matching bench, padded cover and tool bag. $6500
#3049 HCH (shown above)
English bentside spinet by Robert Goble, London, 1955; 1 x 8', buff and halfstop pedals; FF - f''' 61 notes. A handsome spinet from the Goble workshops, with a full five octaves. Useful as a solo instrument or in consort. This instrument is undergoing a full restoration, with requilling (in Delrin) in the HCH shop. $6,900
Hubbard English bentside, kit built, 1995; FF,GG - f'''. Keyboard of boxwood with mahogany sharps. Delrin jacks. Turned stand, veneered panels on case exterior. Includes music rack. $8000
English bentside spinet by Peter Barnes, 2004. GG - e'''. Case and turned stand in solid walnut with pretty marquetry on nameboard, wooden jacks, traditional strapwork hinges. 70" long, 24" maximum depth. A handsome instrument from a professional English builder. $8,900
#3405 HCH Sold Special order please inquire.
Italian virginal by Nicolaus Damm 2011. After Domenico da Pesaro, Venice, 1531. BB - d'''. Philippine mahogany throughout; elaborate historical decoration throughout includes handsome parchment rose. Wooden jacks; includes tool and string kit. 69" long x 22.5" deep, including projecting keyboard. Table style stand. From a professional builder. $8900
English bentside spinet by Klop, Holland, 2013 FF - f'''. Split buff, transposing. Pretty case in solid cherry with fluted legs, reverse keyboard. 63" long at spine; includes custom padded cover. $11,900
Antique American bentside spinet, 1827, by Joseph Small, Hundington, Pennsylvania, possibly for a Moravian Church. C - e'''. Detail of wooden jack.A rare instrument from an early American builder. /This unique instrument carries two choirs and two sets of jacks. There are no register controls present- there are no dampers on the jacks. Sound from the instrument is closest to the hammered dulcimer in quality. ( a keyed dulcimer in design). Some refinishing and restringing is present. Jacks are original. Call to discuss.
#3374 HCH Sale pending
Hubbard French double, circa 1970's. 8', 8', 4', buff . FF -g''' 63 notes non transposing. Delrin jacks. A sturdy and reliable large double. Includes custom padded cover. As is, $7500
English style double by Bachelder. FF-g"' 8', 8', 4', peau / buff to both 8' stops; back 8' is right facing. Keyboard of walnut with bone topped sharps; trestle stand; wooden jacks, new voicing, regulation and case refinish 2013. $8500.
#3309 HCH Sold
Double by Keith Hill, 1979. 2x8' 1x4', buff, FF to g''' with dogleg jacks. Turned baluster trestle stand and music rack. From a noted professional builder. Includes padded cover. Completely refurbished in our shop. $16,500
Eric Herz German double
Known as the Model F, this beautiful double was reworked by the Herz shop (probably in the 1980's ) with new registers and jacks. It possesses 16', 8', 8', 4' and lute registers. Buff to either 8', controlled from 6 pedals. We will be restringing and requilling the action throughout, with refinish to soundboard and case. Incidentally, the soundboards are of solid sitka (unusual for this period). Case is is mahogany veneer with a beautiful walnut burl inlay to the case exterior and keywell. Offered at $18,500 completely rebuilt.
French Double by George Hunter, 1984. 8', 8', 4', FF - g''', buff, transposing. Louis XVI stand with gilded moldings throughout; reverse keyboard, painted soundboard. Black exterior, vermillion interior, gold banding. A handsome large double from a professional builder. Includes custom padded cover, music rack. $22,000.
Double manual after Hieronymus Hass, 1734 by William Bennett, New Zealand, 1974. 63 notes FF-g'''. 16', 8', 8', 4', buff. Non transposing. 6 hand stops. Wooden jacks with new tongues, recently requilled. Leather plectra in the 16'. This unusual and handsome instrument has a deep blue exterior case with cream / pink / gold banding in the interior. Seven fluted and gilded legs. Reverse keyboard of ebony and mother of pearl. Good condition with a strong sound. 109.5" x 43.5 x 13.5. $22,000
Flemish double now being built at HCH. (Photo shows similar instrument with Flemish decoration and turned stand). 8', 8', 4', buff, GG - d''', 56 note plus 1, transposing. Keyboards of ebony with bone topped sharps. Wooden jacks with celcon plectra. French or Flemish style decoration and stand can be specified by purchaser. $22,000
Flemish Double by Peter Fisk, 2011; 8', 8', 4', buff; GG-d''' transposing; wooden jacks, turned oak stand and music rack; new custom padded cover and tool kit. A versatile double from a professional builder. $22,000
Double manual harpsichord by Robert Duffy, 2013, in the 17th Century French style; range GG - d''', transposing A415A440; with ebony naturals and light colored sharps; case painted black with vermillion interior; all brass stringing, 8', 8', 4', buff; parchment "wedding cake rose"; turned stand. dimensions 34" X 85"; $23,000
Flemish Double by William Dowd, 1973; 8',8',4', buff non transposing; GG,AA - d'''. Dark red case exterior with gold banding, moldings, Flemish papers throughout and lid motto; reverse keyboard with arcaded keyfronts; turned oak stand and maple music rack. 89" x 33' wide. $24,000
William Dowd, Flemish double, 1970, Opus 191; GG/BB -d''', non transposing; 8’8’ 4’ buff. Mahogany veneer with boxwood crossbanding and inlay case, Kirkman style hinges, Louis XVI legs. Keyboards of boxwood naturals and ebony sharps with arcades. 90" x 30.5". $24,000
French Double by William Hyman, 1978 . 8', 8', 4', buff ; FF -f''' transposing. Red exterior with cream interior, gold banding, reverse keyboard and turned oak stand; wooden jacks. A big double by the influential American builder. Professionally maintained over the years. This instrument will be completely reworked in our shop in 2013. Includes custom padded cover.$25,000
Double by Arnold Dolmetsch for Chickering, Boston. Instrument #16, built 1907 . 8', 8', 4', peau de buffle, buff stop on either 8'; FF - f''' 61 notes, non transposing. Length 94", width 38". One of only 13 doubles that Dolmetsch built during his association with Chickering, this instrument has been carefully restored to playing condition and has also been given a tasteful and restrained cosmetic restoration. This is a beautiful example of Arnold Dometsch’s groundbreaking work, for the collector of rare historical instruments. Another example is featured on the cover of a book published by New York's Metropolitan Museum Of Art. $25,000
Double by William Dowd, . 8', 8', 4', buff,(client request August, 2012)
Willard Martin French double after Blanchet, FF-f"', ( or similar, client request August, 2012 )
Fr Double by Willard Martin 1986 Opus 226; 8',8',4', buff, FF-f''', transposing A392 / 415 / 440 , after Blanchet, 1720. Lid painting by Evan Wilson. Full soundboard deco by Pamela Gladding. Louis XIII spiral stand. 93.5 x 37" A beautiful instrument from a fine professional builder. $25,000
French style Double Manual Harpsichord by Robert Duffy, 2013, after Ruckers Taskin, 8', 8', 4', buff; shove coupler; range FF - f'''; transposing A415/A440; ebony naturals with bone topped sharps; wooden jacks quliled in delrin; turned stand; soundboard painting in the French style. Dimensions 37"wide X 90"long. $25,500
#3329 HCH Sold
Double by Hubbard and Broekman, 1997, after Ruckers/Taskin. FF - f''' ; 8', 8', 4', buff, shove coupler; transposing A415/440. Dark blue case with cream interior, gold bands and moldings throughout. A handsome double in very nice condition from the Hubbard shop. $26,500
#3438 HCH Sale pending
French double after Pascal Taskin by William Dowd, 1961, Opus 13-61. FF-g'''. 8', 8', 4'; Dowd wooden jacks; Walnut case with keywell crossbanded and inlaid with burled panels; Handsome brass hardware. To be completely rebuilt by HCH in 2013; $26,500.00
Double manual harpsichord in the French style by William Dowd, 1972, after Ruckers ravelment;. 8', 8', 4', buff, FF - f''' 61 notes, transposing A15/A440. Dark green case with vermillion interior, painted soundboard ; stand in the Louis XVI style completely gilded . complete rebuild and updates by HCH done in 2012. $29,000
Richard Kingston large double, 1987, based on Northern European instruments; 8',8',4' with buff on rear 8'; 63 notes FF - g''' transposing 415/440 with extra note for the 440 position; historical style tuning pins, Delrin jacks and plectra in leathered registers, 39"wide x 101" long. Louis XVI stand with seven fluted legs; cream color case and matching bench are painted with a delicate leaf design, heavily accented in gold leaf; lid and flap interior have exquisite chinoiserie painting by Pamela Gladding; entire key well and music desk are gilded; includes padded cover. In pristine condition and professionally maintained. $40,000 OBO
Pedal harpsichord by Eric Herz, 1966; 1 X 16',1 X 8', 1 X 4', range 32 notes C - g; concave / radiating with walnut casework; paired with a Herz double, 1969, 8', 8', 4', buff, with four pedals; FF - g'''. Photos show the instrument in its current condition. These two instruments will be completely rebuilt and refinished in our shop and available at a finished price of $20,000.
#3389 HCH Sold
Zuckermann triple fretted "King of Sweden" clavichord; 45 notes C/E - c"'; 39" x 11.5 " x 4"; 20 lbs.; mahogany case, boxwood naturals, rosewood sharps for keyboard. The popular Zuckermann kit, well taken care of. Includes travel case for easy transportation. $2400
Zuckermann “King of Sweden”; triple fretted 45 notes C/E - c"'; includes stand. $3500
#3487 HCH ~ Sold
Clavichord by Goble and Son, 1979. AA-e''' unfretted. Case in pretty figured walnut, includes listing board for greater dynamic range. A graceful Goble instrument, from its original owner, in outstanding condition. 16 x 48". $4000
Clavichord "The Urbino Intarsia". A Clavichord designed from a wood inlay depiction in the Palace of the Duke of Urbino, Italy. A simple and charming clavichord. 40" x 12.5" $4200 USD
Large unfretted clavichord by Hugh Gough, 1954. 61 notes FF - f'''; ( 58" x 18" ~ 6 1/2" octave) Keyboard of ebony and ivory, mahogany case with pretty turned legs; elaborate lid painting by noted British surrealist artist Roy Hobdell. In very nice condition. Includes custom wound strings by Peter Bavington. From the workshop of an important builder in the early keyboard revival. $6500
Clavichord by Robert Duffy, 2008 after the 16th-17th century instrument in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston bearing the name "Onesto Tosi". C/E - c''' forty five notes. Double fretted from d# to f#, triple fretted from g to the top c'''. Solid cherry case with a "false inner - outer" construction. Pretty detailing includes the small pull drawer in case front and stand with wedge and mortise construction. $7000
#3050 HCH (shown above)
Fretted clavichord in 16th - early 17th century Italian style by Joel van Lennep, Boston, 1969. GG/BB - d''' fretted as follows: GG - A unfretted; B - g'''# "diatonic free"; a'' - d''' triple fretted. Fretting set in meantone temperament. Strung in yellow brass throughout. This clavichord is based primarily on the instrument numbered "2", illustration XV in Praetorius' Theatrum Instrumentorum and the 1543 Pisaurensis clavichord in the Heyer Collection in Leipzeig. The five separate straight bridges are held in place by the downward pressure of the strings; the soundboard has a sloping midsection to allow for this. A separate soundboard runs under the keyboard. A true "inner-outer" instrument, the delicate inner case is cedar with full moldings, weighs less than 10 kg. / 22 lbs. The outer case is covered in grey Italian silk velvet, (62" x 20" ~ 6 1/4" octave) . Keyboard of ebony with rosewood sharps and arcaded fronts. Painted trestle strand. From the shop of a noted Boston School builder and former curator of musical instruments at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Includes tool kit and maintenance guide. $6500 as is. With additional shop work to include our 5 year warranty, $7,500.
Large unfretted clavichord by Eric Herz, 1979. FF - e'''. ( 64" x 19" ~ 6 1/4" octave) Solid cherry case with matching cherry bench. Well cared for. A superb instrument in pristine condition from the noted Boston builder. $8900
Clavichord by John Challis, #46-72; 57 notes AA-f''', double fretted in top two notes only;( 58" x 16" ~ 6 1/4" octave) strung in brass and steel with a cast aluminum underframe for absolute structural and tonal stability; signed on the soundboard "John Challis Detroit Michigan"; pretty turned trestle stand, listing board for a greater dynamic range; from the hand of this important American builder, described as "the dean of American harpsichord makers" by Wolfgang Zuckermann; in fine condition. $12,500
#2529 HCH (shown above) Sold
Unfretted made by Chickering and Sons under the direction of Arnold Dolmetsch, 1907, Boston; Opus 26, 61 Notes, FF-f’’’. Original dark green finish with lovely patina; turned trestle stand; excellent; with original stringing, keyboard, and case paint; reverse keyboard of ebony and ivory. This instrument is among the “unknown” instruments reported in Richard Troeger’s recent article: "The Dolmetsch/Chickering Clavichords and their Model”. Click here for details.
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#3351 HCH AUDIO
John Broadwood & Sons square grand, London 1827-1828, Opus # 36022; Key compass : FF- f4 73 keys @ 427; naturals of ivory with ebony sharps. Three octave measure 488~19 1/4", double strung throughout. Single pedal for dampers. Instrument was professionally rebuilt in Boston in 2006 with recent structural work 2012. Fully playing instrument of sweet tone. 69" x 26" x 34". $12,500
18th century Viennese Fortepiano, after Johann Andreas Stein, Augsberg, 1784, built in 1976 by Mary Sadovnikoff from a Frank Hubbard kit.Just rebuilt here at HCH 2013. 61 notes: FF - f''', double strung. ( 85" x reverse keyboard with ebony naturals, bone-slipped accidentals and ebony fronts; strung in soft iron, yellow and red brass; dampers lifted by knee levers. A careful replica that closely reproduces the tone and action as well as the details of construction of this early piano; case and lid veneered in cherry; turned and fluted cherry legs. Length 84", width 38", depth of case 8.75", weight about 176 lbs. 6 1/4" octave. $16,000
Antique fortepiano by George Moore, 1813. Magnificent inlaid and crossbanded case. Restored by Tim Hamilton.
Fortepiano after Stein, built in the Zuckermann shop for a professional player in 1992. Revoiced by Tim Hamilton in 2013. 61 notes, FF-f'''; double strung throughout; A=430. ( 85" x 38" ~ 6 1/4" octave) Lovely cherry veneer case; solid frame and paneled cherry lid; 5 turned and fluted legs. All in excellent condition. Includes padded moving cover. $18,000.
#3235 HCH AUDIO - Sold
Fortepiano by Robert Smith 1984 after Koenicke . FF-g"' @ 430 HZ. Double strung in bass, triple strung in treble. Knee levers for dampers and moderator; includes matching bench, custom padded cover and leg bag. Owned by a professional player. Excellent condition. $28000
We are pleased to offer the following antique keyboard instruments for sale, backed by over 32 years of activity in the early keyboard field. With each instrument we will attempt to provide you with as detailed a provenance as possible. Please see our full listing of antique instruments.
Previous Offerings now sold:
English Bentside Spinet, 1731 by Krickhof
English Bentside Spinet by Keene n.d.
Semi-grand piano, 1839 by John Broadwood.
Italian Harpsichord, maker unknown, circa 1650 - 1720
Bentside Spinet by Longman & Broderip, 1785
Single manual harpsichord by Jacob Kirkman 1760
Single manual harpsichord by Vincenzo Sodi 1780
#2063 MA - Fortepiano by John Broadwood, 1800.
#2235 TX - Square piano by John Broadwood, 1804
#2556 Fortepiano my John Broadwood, 1795
#2857 Fortepiano by Carlo Arnoldi, late 1780's