The Complete List/ Pedal Harpsichords
Pedal harpsichord ONLY with bench by John Shannon.
27 note flat, C-d' . Two choirs at 8' pitch (440hz) / Dimensions: Length 103” including pedal board
Height of unit above floor 11 1/4 inches / Disposition: two 8 foot stops. Soundboard: 1/8 inch maple plywood. / Hubbard plastic jacks and other action parts / Bench, as shown.
As shown in the photo, the instrument is presently fitted to support a light Italian manual instrument, but with minimal carpentry it can be modified to support a one or two manual instrument. In Elkin, NC . $1500 firm / Will consider donation to approved institution.
Pedal harpsichord veneered in mahogany by John Morley of London comprising one two manual harpsichord in the style of Hass disposed 2x8ft + 1x4ft + 1x16ft + lute stop (pedal operated) +buff to both manual 8ft registers, and also to the lower manual 16ft, and lower manual coupler. Like Hass, the 16ft bridge is mounted onto a separate soundboard. Pedal harpsichord together with matching mahogany organ bench disposed 1x8ft + 1x4ft + 1x16ft stops operated by foot levers.
Both instruments were built to combine as a commissioned pedal harpsichord. It is the last of five pedal harpsichords built by John Morley dating from 1973. The manual instrument has the Serial Number 2377 and the pedal instrument the Serial Number 2379 (John Morley having confirmed these were built in 1973). They are generally in good condition although the pedal instrument in particular would need to be set up by an expert. The jacks are Morley's plastic ones and are designed to accommodate Morley's own delrin moulded plectra in place of original leather (spare plectra are also included). To obtain a good result, these need to be voiced with care by a trained technician. The whole unit requires expert setting up and regulation, although the harpsichord itself is in fairly good playing order. The upper manual has recently been professionally re-voiced.
The case work is relatively free of distress, although one small area of edging veneer is missing on the front lid flap. Four new simple locating blocks might be required to enable the harpsichord trestle stand to sit securely on top of the pedal instrument. $15,000
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.
#3244 FR AUDIO1 AUDIO2
Pedal Harpsichord after Harass (Thuringia, Germany beginning XVIIIth century), built in Switzerland by Nicolas Macheret, 2000. The instrument consists of two separate instruments, each independently movable:
• a 2 manual harpsichord of 3 registers, 8', 8', 4, buff stop on lower manual, compass from FF to f''', copy of a original of Johann H.Harass, 1714, located in Sondershausen, Germany. 415Hz. The case is in beechwood identical to the original instrument; key-covering in ebony for naturals and cow bone for accidentals. Dogleg coupler. Brass stringing for the bass, and iron stringing from fa.
Case Dimensions:length- 2m49cm. width-1m00cm depth 30.5 cm
• pedal-harpsichord with 3 registers, 16' ,16’, 8'. 2 buff stops on Principal 16’ and 8’, from C to d', made after Adlung's description. Pedal-board copied after Silbermann. Wound strings for the first octave, then iron strings.
Case Dimensions: length- 2m52 cm. width-1m24cm depth 32cm.
Inst. With pedal-board attached. Length over all: 3m20 cm . full width with bench 1m36cm. Full height over all: 1m24cm.
The instrument has been entirely revised by David Ley in Därstetten, Switzerland. $42,000
Complete List/ Clavichords
Unfretted clavichord by Wittmayer, C - f''', detail of keyboard, good condition; detail of soundboard.$2000.
#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
John Morley 4 octave clavichord in mahogany, circa 1979, serial number 3036; C - d''', 51 notes; listing board for greater dynamic range and firm touch; pretty turned and fluted legs. Reverse keyboard with ivory topped sharps; in beautiful condition, kept in tune and well maintained, with a lovely tone. 112.50cm wide / 78.50cm high / 39.00cm deep (44.29 inches wide / 30.91 inches high / 15.35 inches deep) Location: Essex, UK £2,250
#3112 NC (shown above) Sold
Neupert unfretted, circa 1970; FF to f''', 61 notes, single strung; includes listing board for greater dynamic range; mahogany case with reverse keyboard. $2,600
#3290 AL Sold
Double-fretted clavichord, C to e’’’ patterned after the 1766 Gottlieb Rosenau instrument in the MusikMuseet, Stockholm; satin ebony case finish; keyboard of cherry naturals and Vagias simulated ivory sharp tops. The tone and musical capabilities of this instrument equal or surpass other larger models.
Clavichord by Sabathil & Son, 1967.54 notes, C - f'''. Unfretted. Metal framing for tuning stability. Good condition $2700
Zuckermann “King of Sweden”; triple fretted 45 notes C/E - c"'; includes stand. $2950
Zuckermann King of Sweden clavichord, triple-fretted : 45 notes, C/E-c’’’, short octave in bass. Boxwood naturals and rosewood sharps. Solid mahogany case with a matching mahogany cabriole-leg stand, and a lined carrying case for easy transport. Pretty moldings and paneled lid. Makes a small but very musical sound. Excellent condition. Assessed at $4200 in 2013 Zuckermann. $3000.
#3014 MA (shown above) Sold
Unfretted, 1974, by Joseph Osborne of Carlisle, PA., FF - f''', 61 notes; based on a German instrument in the Smithsonian collection. Cherry case, sitka spruce soundboard, reverse keyboard and carved keylevers. $3000
Double fretted clavichord from an Carl Fudge kit, 1980's. C - g'''. A pretty Fudge clavichord, in cherry, reverse keyboard, turned legs. $3,750
#3487 HCH Sale pending
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
#3031 NL (shown above) Sold
Fretted clavichord after the anonymous c.1700 instrument in the Russell Collection, Edinburgh built in 2009 byTjeerd Bosklopper. CC/EE - c''', 45 notes, double strung with Malcolm Rose wire. Boxwood naturals, palisander sharps. Made of quartersawn oak, panelled lid. The soundboard of Swiss pine is lined with walnut profiles. Many lovely details. The stand is modelled after c. 1710 Berlin examples. Transport is very easy. A well-made shipping case is included. A fine instrument from a professional European builder. €4200.
#3429 MN Sale pending
John Challis large unfretted clavichord, metal framing, soundboard and bridge for extreme tuning stability. GG - f''', 59 notes Latin motto on lid; Walnut case with inlay, pretty Challis brass hardware, bench, and extra strings. Original owner; excellent condition, very well cared for. $4800
#3387 HCH (Larger photos to be posted shortly)
Clavichord by John Challis of Detroit, Michigan, unfretted, 57 notes AA - f'''. Aluminum soundboard and metal framing for complete tuning stability. Reverse keyboard of ebony naturals, maple sharps; case veneered in walnut with a gold band on lid interior. Trestle stand with pretty turnings. Original owner, nicely maintained. $5000
Unfretted Clavichord,#16, 1951, by Hugh Gough , 51 notes C-d'''. Gough was a pivotal figure in the early instrument revival. This is a beautiful looking and sounding clavichord from this important builder who formed the vital link between his teacher, Arnold Dolmetsch and Frank Hubbard, his pupil. In 2012 it was meticulously overhauled by the leading UK clavichord builder, Peter Bavington (re-strung in historic wire, re-voiced, re-listed etc). It now has very much the feel, responsiveness and tonal range of an historically-informed instrument while remaining very easy and rewarding to play. The case is of English walnut figured at the front and there is a basic, removable stand if required. The tuning is remarkably stable. Dimensions including lid are: Length 114cm, Width 39.5cm, Height 14.5cm. Located in London. $5400
#2922 KS (shown above)
Unfretted Clavichord by John Challis and signed by him on the soundboard. The keyboard of 57 notes (4-3/4 octaves) AA-f''' appears to have rosewood naturals with maple sharps. The soundboard is wood and there is a metal frame for maximum stability. The case is veneered in walnut with a gold band outlining the inside of the lid. The instrument is supported by a traditional turned stand, and the original padded cover is included. Dimensions are 59" x 16". This clavichord plays as new and its physical condition is quite fine. New pricing11/26: $5500/ offer.
Clavichord by John Shortridge, 1970. Double fretted C-f"' with 4' strings from C-G.
After an anonymous ca. 1700 instrument in the Smithsonian Collection. Trestle stand. From a professional builder. Editor's note: This instrument came thru our shop some years back. It is an extraordinary instrument in sound and sight by a former director of the Smithsonian. $6500.
#3327 HCH Sold
Large unfretted clavichord by Hugh Gough, 1954. 61 notes FF - f''' keyboard. Mahogany case with 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
#2780 CA (shown above) Sold
Double-fretted after Hubert (1789) built by Gary Blaise in San Francisco in 1998. Excellent condition. 54 notes, C-f'" Tuning hammer, string replacement wire, mutes, and other tools original with the instrument are included. Solid cherry case with exposed dovetails and hand planed moldings, boxwood keys with ebony sharps and detachable tapered legs. Professionally maintained. A clavichord by a noted contemporary builder, Blaise instruments are built to the highest standards and are much sought after for their tone and touch. Detail of soundboard area. $7000 USD plus shipping
#3408 HCH Sale pending
Large unfretted clavichord, professionally built by David Sumrell from Zuckermann parts. 61 notes: FF-f''', reverse keyboard with ebony naturals, bone-slipped sharps, and pearwood arcades, case and stand of Honduras mahogany; spruce soundboard. Length 64"; width 19"; depth of case 7". A fine large clavichord, suitable for the work of C.P.E. Bach and the later repertoire. $7500
#3179 NY AUDIO - Sold
Unfretted large clavichord, 2008, by Felix Wolff, after Philip Jacob Specken, Stockholm 1743. C - d''', 51 notes; two tone blue-grey case with vermillion moldings, boxwood plated naturals with ebony topped sharps; stand with cabriole legs (not shown) included; 1462 x 441 x 139 mm. (57.5 x 17.3 x 5.5"). A very handsome example of the late, large Swedish clavichord from a professional builder. $7500
#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, measures 62' long by 20" deep. 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 after JA Hass (1763), by Dan Rembold, 2011. FF-f’’’ (61 notes). Double-strung in yellow brass throughout, with a third string (4’ choir) for the lowest 20 notes, in low-tensile iron wire. This clavichord has substantial response, capable of bringing out the best in the performer and the music. 69 x 22 x 7.75 ". Reverse keyboard with ebony naturals. Tuned at A 415, capable of A440. Includes matching bench. $7,500.
Large unfretted clavichord by Eric Herz, 1979. FF - e'''. 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; 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
Large unfretted clavichord 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”. $25,000 Click here for details.