Welcome to my listing of New and used Keyboard instruments!

Here is a summary of instruments which are listed in more detail below:

Zuckermann Flemish Single painted in Red with cream interior. 2 x 8' stops with buff. BB-d3. This harpsichord has the new, lightweight design of brown Zuckermann jacks which give it a very responsive action. With soundboard painting and gold Acanthus leaf case painting. £3,700.

NEW 10.4.14: Dennis Wooley Italian harpsichord 1974 with walnut case, 2 x 8'    AA-d3, Brass scale stringing. Now sold.

New 10.4.14: John Storrs Double Manual Flemish harpsichord with Walnut case and stand. GG-e3, 2 x 8' and 4' stops. As seen £2,100, once renovated £4,500.

Harpsichord by John Barnes 1962. FF-f3, 2 x 8' and 4' Internally a Kirchmann copy with a 1960's style mahogany case. £2,500.

Arnold Dolmetsch bentside spinet made in Paris, 1913. Newly renovated. £2,600.

Zuckermann Italian Harpsichord c.1973 BB-e3, 8' with buff. Case has real gold leaf interior, and in full playing condition, re-strung and re-voiced. Only £1,395.

Broadwood Square Piano, 1815. Un-restored £800.

18th Century Bentside Spinet lid with fine antique hinges £1,100. 

New 28.10.13. Harpsichord by John Morley. Reconditioned with new Delrin plectra. A great instrument for practice and chamber music performances. £1,800.

Robert Davies, Levens 1975 Double Manual French Harpsichord. Re-strung and re-voiced, Red and black case with gold bands. £4,200. Sold 9.4.14.

Three New Flemish Harpsichords by Michael Johnson after 1637 Andreas Ruckers. Double Manual GG-d3 compass, transposing a=392/415/440. 2 x 8' with buff plus 4' stops£20,950. Choice of two Single Maunal harpsichordsGG-d3 with the above features £15,500 and £14,750.

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Flemish Single manual harpsichord made from a Zuckermann Kit, 1981.  2 x 8-foot stops, voiced with delrin plectra. GG/BB-d3 compass. Can be tuned to a=415/440. This harpsichord now has a red painted case, traditional Ruckers style soundboard painting and lightweight brown plastic jacks which give the action a traditional, responsive feel.  A very useful instrument.   Now with beautiful, decorative boarders on the outside of the case and lid.  £3,700.

198cm long, 82cm wide and 26cm high. 

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 NEW 10.4.14: Dennis Wooley Italian Harpsichord number 132, made in 1974 with walnut case, lid and stand, 2 x 8' stops, AA-d3 compass, brass scale stringing currently strung in phosphor bronze with string lengths suitable for 4=440/415: c3=138mm, c2=275mm, c1= 535mm, c=1020mm, C=1020mm. Case size 200cm long, 82cm wide, 22cm high. With protective cover. Now sold.

 New 10.4.14: John Storrs Double Manual Flemish harpsichord with Walnut case and stand. GG-e3, 2 x 8' and 4' stops. As seen £2,100, once renovated £4,500.

 Zuckermann Italian Harpsichord c.1973 BB-e3, Single 8' with buff.  Water-gilded gold leaf interior, in full playing condition with new Malcolm Rose strings, tongues, plectra and dampers. £1,395.

 Arnold Dolmetsch bentside spinet made in Paris, 1913. Inscription reads: Gaveau - Paris. No 26. 1913. Fait a L'Usine Gaveau a Paris par Arnold Dolmetsch. Restored to full playing order £2,600. 

Robert Davies, Levens 1975 Double Manual French Harpsichord. Re-strung and re-voiced with replacement plectra. Red and black case with gold bands. £4,200. NOW SOLD.

English Harpsichord after Thomas Barton by Peter Barnes 2013.

Brass strung 2x8’ harpsichord with walnut case and stand. GG - f3 compass which transposes A440 / 415. This harpsichord has traditional wooden jacks, guides and keyboard, a detachable lid with solid brass-work and a folding music desk. The solid walnut stand detaches from the harpsichord and can be easily taken apart. The harpsichord is 6’ 3” long, 35” wide and 8” deep. Sold on 17.12.13. Orders taken.

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 Michael  Johnson  Flemish  harpsichords

Michael Johnson’s Flemish instruments are closely based on the scaling and plucking points of the 1637 Andreas Ruckers in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, (Inv. No. MIR 1073)

This instrument was chosen because it is one of the few Ruckers harpsichords that survive almost unaltered.

The compass has however been extended from the original C/E-c3 to FF-f3 chromatic.   In order to keep as close as possible to the original case geometry, a narrower 18th century French octave span of 161mm has been used requiring new plans and templates to be drawn in order to achieve that necessary compression.

On this 2 x 8 + 4ft instrument the plucking directions of the front row of 8ft jacks and the 4ft jacks would be similar Ruckers however, the back 8ft register, plucking towards the bass would be in character with the work of 18th century French makers enlarging those 16th – 17th century Flemish instruments. 

The keyboard shafts are made from poplar and the naturals are covered with ebony.   The arcades have been cut in ebony and finished with gesso and gold leaf; the ebony accidentals have a casein ivory veneer.   Beech is used for jack blanks with hornbeam tongues; hog peek is used for tongue return springs.   All instruments are quilled with acetyl plectra made from 1mm sheet with a 2 degree taper to the underside.  The instruments are strung to work at A415 using Malcolm Rose iron and brass wire. 

Keyboards or keyboard will transpose in both directions to give A392 and A440, however there is a loss of the endnote in whichever direction the keyboards have been transposed. 

This instrument has been decorated in an 18th century French style with solid brass ormolu decoration to the apron stand and leg foot.

Dimensions: Double manual FF-f3    

Length                           93” – 236cm  

Width at keyboard            37”– 94cm    

Depth                            11.3/29cm       

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MICHAEL JOHNSON FLEMISH Single Manual HARPSICHORD

This instrument is closely based on the scaling and plucking points of the 1637 Andreas Ruckers in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, (Inv. No. MIR 1073).

The compass has been extended from the original C/E-c3 to GG-d3 chromatic. In order to keep as close as possible to the original case geometry, a narrower 18th century French octave span of 161mm is used.

On this 2 x 8 + 4ft instrument the plucking directions of the front row of 8ft jacks and the 4ft jacks are the same as Ruckers however, the back 8ft register, plucking towards the bass are in character with the work of 18th century French makers enlarging 16th – 17th century Flemish instruments.

Keyboards shafts are made from poplar and the naturals are covered with casein ivory. The accidentals are ebony. Beech is used for jack blanks with traditional holly or hornbeam tongues; hog bristle or peek is used for tongue return springs. This instrument is quilled with acetyl plectra made from 1mm sheet with a 2 degree taper to the underside. The instrument is strung to work at A415 using Malcolm Rose iron and brass wire. The keyboard transposes in both directions to give A392 and A440, with the loss of the endnote in whichever direction the keyboard has been transposed.


Dimensions: Length  220cm, Width at keyboard  87cm, Depth  29cm.

New £14,750.

Michael Johnson Single Manual Flemish Harpsichord, with an Apron stand. GG-d3, 2 x 8' with buff, and 4'. 

£15,500.

  MICHAEL  JOHNSON  FLEMISH  HARPSICHORDS

Michael Johnson has asked me to advertise four of his Flemish harpsichords. I'm delighted to be able to do so!

Michael Johnson’s Flemish instruments are closely based on the scaling and plucking points of the 1637 Andreas Ruckers in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, (Inv. No. MIR 1073). Michael has chosen this instrument because it is one of the few Ruckers harpsichords that survive almost unaltered.

 Michael  Johnson  Flemish Double Manual harpsichord

The compass of this Double Manual Harpsichord has been extended from the original C/E-c3 to GG-d3 chromatic and in order to keep as close as possible to the original case dimensions, a narrower 18th century French octave span of 161mm has been used.    

The instruments all have two 8ft choirs plus a 4ft with a buff stop working on the lower manual 8ft choir on double manual instruments.   On those there is a French style draw coupler to allow the upper manual 8ft choir to be used with the 8ft and 4ft choir working from the lower manual.

Removing the shaped blocks at the bass and treble will allow the keyboard to transpose in both directions giving A392 and A440 Hz however there is a loss of the extreme note from whatever transposition that has been made.  

This brand new instrument is for sale, £20,950.00

 Single Manual Harpsichord after Kirchmann by 

John Barnes, 1962.

 



Made by John Barnes in 1962, this harpsichord is has a dated case design and pedals rather than stop levers.The case is made from recycled Mahogony which came from a bank in Guildford, Surrey.  Without depressing any pedals, it sounds 2 x 8 foot stops. The left pedal silences the back 8', the second pedal silences the front 8', the third adds the 4' and the forth engages a buff stop on the front 8'. 

Bridge dimensions, soundboard thicknesses, plucking points and string lengths (except the slightly shortened bass strings) are copied from Kirchman. The keyboard was rescued from a Kirchman piano c.1820. 

This harpsichord is for sale for £3,500 or is available for long term hire at £60 per month plus transporting costs. Size: 212cm long, 81cm wide and 93cm high. The cheek is 60cm long. Thanks to the authentic soundboard and bridge dimensions and good string lengths this harpsichord does sound like a Kirchman in spite of the 'revival harpsichord' look of the case. £2,500.

  

Contact: Peter Barnes 46 Church Lane, Rode, Frome, Somerset, BA11 6PN

 01373 831498 

  mailto:peterbarnes850@btinternet.com 

 

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Broadwood Square Piano, 1815. The inscription reads: 'John Broadwood and Sons. Makers to His R. Highnesses the Princesses. Great Pulteney Street, Golden Square. London.' This piano is in original conditionand is complete. It has not been previously restored. Please note that there is an extensive split in the hitch-pin rail. For sale as seen: £800. 

Bentside Spinet Lid and hinges c.1760. Mahogany with unpolished underside and fine set of six cast brass hinges which match the lid. Length of spine 184cm, Maximum width 61.5cm, lid flap 90cm x 18.5cm. From John Barnes collection. £1,100.  

Indian Satin Wood Veneer c.1960. Cut by circular saw, 1.3mm thick. 140cm x 40cm max, 120cm x 30cm minimum, plus 4 smaller pieces of similar veneer. Would make several beautiful nameboards! £120.

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