Welcome to my listing of New and Used Keyboard instruments!

Here is a summary of instruments which are listed in more detail below. Updated 17.11.14:

Chamber Organ by Bates and Son c.1825. £24,000.

Keene and Brackley Spinet c.1715. £15,995.

John Storrs Double Manual Harpsichord. Decorated and renovated by Colin Booth in 2002, £5,995.

Harpsichord by Robert Goble and Son, 1975, Flemish Single Manual, but owing a lot decoratively to the English school. GG-f3 compass 2 x 8' with buff, and 4' stops. Heavily used walnut case and stand. As seen £1,995, or with new strings, plectra, voicing and regulation, £3,500.

Alec Hodsdon Bentside Spinet. New strings, plectra, voicing and servicing. Sold.

Zuckermann Concert V single manual harpsichord 1975.GG-f3 2 x 8' and 4'. Well made, painted dark brown and requiring re-pinning on some of the nut to increase plectrum lengths, replacement strings, replacement plectra, regulation and voicing. Available as seen £1,995 or with the above work completed £3,500.

Coming soon: Zuckermann un-fretted clavichord. Fine mahogany case and stand. Needs new strings and setting up. As seen £900, with new strings £1,200. Sold

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

18th Century Bentside Spinet lid with fine antique hinges £850. SOLD

Harpsichord by John Morley. Reconditioned with new Delrin plectra. A great instrument for practice and chamber music performances. £1,600.

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.

New: Zuckermann Italian Harpsichord 1 x 8' stop BB-e3. 6-foot long. Sold.

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 Keene and Brackley Spinet c.1715. 

This English Bentside Spinet was owned and extensively studied by the late John Barnes. It has been much copied since a plan and booklet of making information was first produced by John Barnes in 1985. Plans for this instrument are available from Marc Vogel in Germany and the booklet called 'Making a Spinet by Traditional Methods' is available from myself. This spinet was sold to Peter Mole in 2006 and he commissioned an extensive restoration by the expert maker and restorer, Malcolm Rose, which was completed in February 2009. These photographs show the instrument's current condition with a new stand and music desk, new jack-rail, new jacks and a restoration of the original soundboard. The sound is sweet and clear. This is a rare chance to purchase an early 18th Century spinet in remarkable condition. Further photographs are on this page: keene-and-brackley-spinet-c1715.php 

Size: 180cm long, 62cm wide and 20cm high.

 On sale for £15,995.

 Zuckermann Flemish Concert V single manual harpsichord made by Alex Loretto, Auckland, 1975. 4' and 2 x 8' stops with buff stop. The compass is five octaves, GG-g3 and it can be tuned to a=440 or a=415. It has been well made, and the case is finished in a dark brown lacquer which reveals the wood grain. The tuning pins are of the traditional oblong section and have been drilled for ease of stringing. The spacing of the strings is incorrect, leading to short plectrum lengths on the front 8' and the 4' stops. The rear 8' stop is serviceable. 225cm long, 93cm wide and 28cm high. Available as seen for £1995, or with replacement strings, re-pinning to the nut, replacement plectra, voicing and regulation, for £3,500.


Chamber organ by 

Theodore  Bates & Son, Ludgate  Hill, London, c.1825.

Location: Devon, England Condition: Excellen


Height                         2540mm Width                          1650mm Depth                          775mm


Open Diapason          8f

Stopt Diapason Bass 8ft Clarabel                8f

Principal                      4f

Flute                            4f

Hautboy                       8ft Fifteenth                      2ft

The classical case of flamed Brazilian rosewood is decorated with carved impost, Corinthian capitals and an elaborate cornice. The flat back casework pipes retain their original gilding.

The keyboard has ivory naturals and ebony sharps. The drawstop heads are solid ivory with copperplate hand engraving. The brass candle sconces are original.

The organ has a hitch down Venetian Swell, 3 Combination pedals and a straight and flat 18 note pedalboard. It can be blown by foot or hand.

The instrument is in first class unaltered condition and has never been modified for electric blowing. The double rise reservoir, feeder bellows and pallets have been professionally and sensitively restored. The pipework retains its original cone tuning.

The pedalboard, foot pedals and keyboard retract and the instrument is on rollers to facilitate maintenance.

The instrument is thought to have been built for the Duke of Norfolk at Brands Hatch House.    For sale for  £24,000.

Double Manual Harpsichord by John Storrs, renovated by Colin Booth in 2002. This harpsichord has wooden jacks, 2 x 8' and 4' stops with a compass of GG-e3. Colin Booth has released this harpsichord from his fleet of hiring instruments and it has been well maintained and carefully looked after. There are a few blemishes on the paintwork and stand but this harpsichord is in very good playing condition and represents very good value for money. £5,995.

Colin Booth CDs available at Greenwich Show   13th to 15th November 2014.

Single Manual harpsichord by Robert Goble and Son, 1975, based on Flemish design but owing a lot decoratively to the English school. GG-f3 compass 2 x 8' with buff, and 4' stops. This harpsichord used to belong to Alexander Skeaping and has been extensively used in the London hiring circuit for anything from the Brandenburg Concertos to the Batman Theme! The case and stand are walnut with a pretty marquetry nameboard, traditional scribed lines on the keys and gilded arcades. 200cm long, 91cm wide and 27cm high. As seen £1,995, or with new strings, plectra, voicing and regulation, £3,500.

 Harpsichord by John Morley. 

8-foot and 4-foot stops with buff. Five octave compass from GG-g3. Polished walnut case. Reconditioned with new Delrin plectra. A reliable and stable instrument for practice and chamber music performances. £1,600.

Alex Hodsdon Bentside spinet, made in Lavenham, Suffolk in 1956.

C-e3 compass with reverse coloured keyboard and buff stop. Case made with walnut exterior and satinwood interior veneer with a solid walnut stand and music desk. Can be tuned to a=440 or a=415. This spinet has replacement Delrin plectra and strings and is now in full playing condition. This is a compact spinet with a good clear tone, ideal for small ensembles and home use. Sold.

English Harpsichord after Thomas Barton by Peter Barnes.

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. Orders taken.

PB English Harpsichord.MP3

Michael Johnson Harpsichords for sale:

 Michael  Johnson  Flemish  harpsichord.

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       


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

£15,500. Now Sold!

 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


R31 Completed August 2012

R31- Completed August 2012

R31- Completed August 2012

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

This instrument was chosen because it is one of the few surviving Ruckersharpsichords that have been almost unaltered.

The compass on this single manual has however 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. This did require a new master template and plans to be drawn in order to achieve the necessary compression.

All Michael Johnson instruments have two 8ft choirs plus a 4ft (2×8+4)   There is also a buff stop working on back  8ft choir on this harpsichord.   Moving the shaped blocks at the bass or treble end of the keyboard will allow the keyboard to transpose giving A392 or A440 from A415 however, there is a loss of the extreme note from whatever transposition has been made.

Poplar has been used for all of the scantlings and framing on this instrument; a wood very much favoured by the Flemish 17thcentury makers.   The soundboard has been made from spruce (Picea Abies) originating from Austria which has been air dried in 7mm boar

ds for 26 years.    All of the bridges and nuts have been made from beech and the oak tuning pin plank veneered with soundboard spruce.     The keyboard shafts are made in poplar with casein ivory veneer used for the natural covers; ebony has been used for the accidentals.   Jack blanks are made in beech and hornbeam used for the tongues.     Peek is the material used for the tongue return spring and the delrin plectra made from 1mm sheet with a 2 degree taper to the underside of the plectra.

Mottoes have been used on the inside lids and they translate.


The ears are the windows to the soul


Music is a sweet comfort for great sorrows

The stand is made in two parts to collapse for ease of transport.    The front trestle has four turnings and the ladder with added tail has seven turnings.

This instrument is supplied with a David Law tuning key and a fitted transport cover.


Length: 79 inches / 206 cms

Width: 34 inches / 86.3 cms

Depth: 11.5 inches / 9.3 cms


This design was created in the year 2000 and has been the total concentration of the Johnson workshop since that year. The reference number R- – is used for all instruments with a compass of GG – d3 that includes both single and double manual instruments.    The serial reference of FF– is used solely for double manual instruments with a compass of FF-f3.

Follow the link below to Michael's own website for further information. 


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.  Reduced to £850. Sold.

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.

 Zuckermann Italian Harpsichord 

1 x 8' stop BB-e3. 6-foot long x 34''wide at the keyboard x 9''high. Currently every note plays but the voicing is too loud. A good introduction to harpsichord voicing if you want to do this yourself! 

The harpsichord has two sets of strings and there is a second set of jacks available if required. The three legs un-screw and the instrument is light for transport. 


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