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
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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