Harp Australia

Other Instruments

Early Keyboard Instruments by Hugh Jones

The workshop currently produces a range of early keyboard instruments all from original plans in European museums, as shown. In addition to the instruments illustrated the workshop has the following plans in stock.

  • Taskin French double Harpsichord F2 to f3 Edinburgh 1769.
  • Hemsch French double harpsichord F2 to f3 Yale 1756
  • Gregori Italian single harpsichord Edinburgh 1726 C1 to d3
  • Keene and Brackley Bentside spinet Edinburgh 1715 C2 to e3
  • Clavichord anon circa 1775 Nuremberg Partially fretted C2 to c3
  • Clavichord anon circa 1760 Smithsonian partially fretted C2 to f3
  • Clavichord Johann Silbermann Nuremberg 1775 Unfretted F2 to f3

Blanchet double manual harpsichord
(Dowd 1765: F2 to f3)

  • Compass: G1 to g3 Casework timber: New Guinea Rosewood (Pterocarpus indicus)
  • Keys (naturals): Gidgee (Acacia cambadgie)
  • Keys (accidentals): Ivory Wood (Siphonodon australe)

Grimaldi Italian single harpsichord
(Nuremberg 1697)

  • Compass: G1 to g3
  • Casework timber: Huon Pine (Dacrydium franklinii)
  • Keys (naturals): Bone
  • Keys (accidentals): Gidgee (Acacia cambadgie)

Ruckers Flemish double harpsichord extrapolated scalings
(Antwerp 1646: F2 to f3)

  • Compass F1 to f3
  • Casework timber: Australian Cedar (Toona australis)
  • Keys (naturals): Rasberry Jam (Acacia acuminata)
  • Keys (accidentals): Ivory Wood (Siphonodon australe)

Ruckers single manual harpsichord
(Antwerp 1640)

  • Compass:A1 to d3
  • Casework timber: Australian Cedar (Toona australis)
  • Keys (naturals): Saffron Heart (Halfordia kendak)
  • Keys (accidentals): Gidgee (Acacia cambadgie)

Hubert partially fretted clavichord
(Edinburgh 1784: C1 to f3)

  • Compass: C1 to d3
  • Casework timber:Australian Cedar (Toona australis)
  • Keys (naturals):Mulga (Acacia aneura)
  • Keys (accidentals): Iron Wood (species unknown)

Keene English Virginal
(Edinburgh 1668: F2 to f3 no F#2)

  • Compass: F2 to f3
  • Casework timber: Forest oak (Allocasuarina torolosa)
  • Inlays: Ivory wood (Siphonodon australe)
  • Keys (naturals): Gidgee (Acacia cambadgie)
  • Keys (accidentals): Maracaibo Boxwood (Gossipiospermum praecox)