Welcome to my listing of New and Used Keyboard instruments!

Here is a summary of instruments which are listed in more detail below. Updated 9.9.14:

Antique English Bentside spinet John Harris c.1740. £7,800. Reserved 13.10.14

Antique Italian Harpsichord c.1675. £15,600.

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

New, 13.10.2014: John Storrs Double Manual Harpsichord. Decorated and renovated by Colin Booth in 2002, £5,995.

Storrs Double Manual Harpsichord Kit. As seen £1,995, or as finished instrument £6,500.

Alec Hodsdon Bentside Spinet. £1300 including new strings, plectra, voicing and servicing.

New, 21.9.2014: Zuckermann Flemish Concert V single manual harpsichord made in 1994. 4' and two x 8' stops with buff stop. GG-g3. Very well made and in good condition. As seen £3,200, or £3,800 with replacement plectra.

New, 21.9.2014: Italian Virginals nicely made from Zuckermann kit, in good playing condition. £1,300.

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

18th Century Bentside Spinet lid with fine antique hinges £1,100. Reduced to £850.

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

Two 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.

New: Zuckermann Italian Harpsichord 1 x 8' stop BB-e3. 6-foot long. £450 as seen.

You can email me on: mailto:peterbarnes850@btinternet.com 

 Coming shortly: Antique English Bentside spinet made by John Harris, London, c.1740. GG-g3, 5-octaves.

Here is the description used by Bonhams when the instrument was sold to the Early Music Shop on 31st October 2012:

An English Bentside Spinet by John Harris, London circa 1740

Inscribed on nameboard Joannes Harris Londini Fecit, the case possibly of red walnut with pierced brass accessories, the interior, jackrail, nameboard, and keyboard cheeks with parallel stringing and triangular inlay decoration, the five octave keyboard of 61 ebony and ivory keys from G to G, restorations and renovations, 176cm in length and 70cm in width, on an antique stand comprising four ring turned baluster legs.(2)


  • See D. Boalch, 1956; Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord 1440-1840 page 42 and the matrix of Surviving Instruments by John Harris, no., 4

    The uncle of the present vendor who was a collector of antiques, bought the above Spinet from Horace Jackson, around seventy years ago. 

    This Spinet was until recently part of the fine and decorative contents of Shelley's Hotel, in Lewes, Sussex where the great poet once lived and worked. This hotel was furnished some time ago with family pieces from Antioch House, Lewes, by the vendor's family. Other selected items from this collection were sold by Bonhams, Knightsbridge in the Period Design Auction of 10 July 2012.

    John Harris used premises on Red Lion Street, Holborn, London with his business partner John Byfield. Harris became organ-builder for the Chapels Royal and built organs for St. Martin in the Fields in 1726 and for the Chapel Royal at St James' Palace in 1710.

Restored and in playing condition. More photos below and on further page. £7,800. Under Offer.

Click the link below to take you to more photographs of the Harris Spinet on another page of my website: 

Italian Single Manual Harpsichord, Anonymous, Naples, c.1675. With authentication and report by Grant O'Brien in 2013 who writes  'This particular instrument is an extremely rare example of a Neapolitan harpsichord which has survived with its original 1 x 8' disposition'.

Available, un-restored, from a private collection for £15,600. 22.7.2014.

 New, 21.9.2014: Zuckermann Flemish Concert V single manual harpsichord made in 1994. 4' and 2 x 8' stops with buff stop and the new style, lightweight, brown plastic Zuckermann jacks and traditional keyboard. The compass is GG-g3 and it can be tuned to a=440 or a=415. It has been very well made, with particular care given to thinning the soundboard correctly, and it is in good general condition although the case painting and printed papers are showing their age. For sale as seen £3,200, or with replacement plectra for £3,800.

 New, 21.9.2014: Italian Virginals nicely made from a Zuckermann kit in 1977. gThis instrument is in good playing condition and includes simple, painted stand not shown in photos. Size: 165cm long, 58cm deep and 21cm high. £1,300.


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 AA-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.

John Storrs -

Double Manual Harpsichord Kit. 

The case is made of poplar and has recessed case mouldings and turned legs. The only part of the kit that has been assembled is the gluing on and finishing of the keyplates and sharps as shown in the detailed photos.

As far as I know, this kit is complete except for the soundboard rose, the key to the case lock, cork for the faces of the clamps, bolts for the stand, leather for the coupler dogs and buff stop, dampers, keyboard balance washers, plectra, hitch pins, bridge pins and the instruction manual . I have provided instructions from a single manual kit by John Storrs, but the part of the instructions relating to the double keyboard is not provided. I am also happy to include leather, damper felt, plectra,hitch pins and bridge pins. 

All parts are in very good condition and have not been subjected to damp. Anyone wishing to buy this kit should come and see it before committing to this large and complex project. I am selling it 'as seen' for £1,995, or as finished instrument for £6,500.

 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. Now only £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. Requires replacement plectra, voicing and servicing of keyboard. Now in full playing condition, this is a compact spinet with a good clear tone, ideal for small ensembles and home use. £1,300.

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.

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. 


 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 




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.

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. 

£450 as seen or £600 with new plectra and voicing.

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