French

General information

Late French harpsichords are quite different from the early ones. During the XVIII century many French builders were making ravalements (enlarging the compass and coupling the keyboards) of early Flemish, mostly Ruckers, harpsichords.

This contamination gave birth to an original late French tradition that found its highest expression in Blanchet, Taskin and Hemsh.

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Double harpsichord after P. Taskin, 1769

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Length: 232 cm
  • Compass: FF-f3
  • Disposition: 8’, 4’, 8’ and buff stop
  • Transposition: A=392-415 Hz, also available at A=440 Hz


This is one of the most copied instruments by harpsichord makers all over the world, maybe because of its light and accurate action and rich and peculiar sound. It is an instrument suitable for a wide repertoire thanks to its large compass, and it’s perfect for playing the music of the French masters (Couperin, Rameau, Balbastre etc.)

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