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Double Fretted Clavichord with stand and case (Previously Owned)


PO Ref. PO0726S  
Double Fretted Clavichord with stand and case (Previously Owned) with decorated soundboard and in very good condition. Owned by one owner from new and originally purchased as a kit from The Early Music Shop. Fully serviced by Peter Barnes.

The Early Music Double Fretted Clavichord closely follows an anonymous instrument dated C1740 in the Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, Netherlands. Compact and portable it has a compass of C - e''' being enough for J.S.Bach's keyboard music and much else. It is also double fretted, which interferes little with playing as no more than two adjacent notes share the same strings. A double fretted instrument requires fewer strings for the same number of notes making tuning easier and reducing downward pressure on the bridge. Combined with the light, positive keyboard action the result is an instrument which produces a clear tone capable of a wide dynamic range. Solid brass tangents act on brass strings (bottom octave copper wound on brass) and the instrument can be tuned to either a=415 or a=440.

Disposition: 4 1/2 octave C - e'''
Size: 115cm long, 36cm wide, 11cm deep 
Weight: 12kg

Spare strings are available from The Early Music Shop and sold separately on 10m coils. Please search our website for details of EMS Music Wire.   

For more details about this or any other Previously Owned instruments at our Saltaire showroom, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

NB. Please note this video is of a similar clavichord.