Welcome to my listing of New and Used Keyboard instruments!
But first, it was great to see so many friends at The Early Music Exhibition in Greenwich. Thanks for coming!
As I anounced at the show, I am planning a change of direction, from repairs to the making of new instruments. Once the second-hand instruments listed below have sold there will be very few coming in to take their place.... so please buy now to avoid disappointment!
I am currently working on a new English Harpsichord, strung in iron, with a beautiful soundboard painting in the style of Coston by Jennifer Douglas. It will be finished by Easter 2016, and after this there will be more new instruments to follow!
Many thanks to all my loyal customers, who have kept me extremely busy for the last twenty five years. Due to your support I am now able to enjoy the luxury of making some new instruments.
Here is a summary of instruments which are listed in more detail below. Updated 15.11.15
Dolmetsch Bent-side Spinet for sale. Five octave compass FF-f3. This was on exhibition at Greenwich and many of you noticed that the covered bass strings are starting to sound dull. The spinet is therefore for sale with new covered strings for £1995 (the special Greenwich price) or as seen for just £1595. Ask me about pre-Christmas delivery....
Copy of Keene and Brackley Spinet c.1715 made by Mike Barnes in 2000. £4000 - now £3,500. Offers considered.
Bentside Spinet made from Keene and Brackley plans with oak case and wooden jacks. With replacement plectra and newly set up by Peter Barnes. £1,950. Will be for sale at the Greenwich Exhibition for £1800. Now reduced to £1595!
English Harpsichord after Thomas Barton made by Peter Barnes 2007. Brass stringing with 2 x 8' stops, Cherry wood case and stand. Transposing. As new condition £5,400. Orders also taken for a new instrument in Walnut for £8,900.
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. All three registers have new plectra and dampers. Recently re-painted in red. For sale £3900. Now £2995.
Zuckermann Flemish Harpsichord 1975. 8 and 4 foot stops. BB-d3 can be tuned to a=440 or 415. With replacement tongues and plectra to 8-foot stop. £2,350.00. Now £1995.
Renatus Chamber Organ with two ranks of wooden pipes. £7,500.
Broadwood Square Piano for sale near Woburn in Bedfordshire. In good condition, but requires servicing. For sale £1,350.
Flemish Harpsichord made from Zuckermann kit in 1978. This instrument has a reverse keyboard, with ebony naturals and bone sharp tops, a compass from BB to d3, two 8' stops and lightweight keys and jacks. £1400. Sold 20.11.15
You can contact me by phone on 01373 831498 or by email via this page: contact-us-and-instrument-transport-links.php
Dolmetsch Bent-side Spinet for sale.
FF-f3, five octave compass with new treble strings and plectra fitted by myself in 2013. Walnut case, lid and stand in good condition complete with spare strings and stool. 153cm long, 75cm at the widest point, 22cm deep. £2,200. Was for sale at the Greenwich Festival. Now including new bass covered strings for £1995, or as seen for £1595.
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. Further photographs are on this page: keene-and-brackley-spinet-c1715.php
Size: 180cm long, 62cm wide and 20cm high.
This instrument has now been Sold, but you can buy a copy of this instrument which is listed below:
Copy of Keene and Brackley Spinet c.1715, made by Mike Barnes in 2000.
This spinet is made from solid American Walnut on a turned stand with traditional pearwood jacks and ebony with imitation Ivory keyboard. This is an accurate copy of the original spinet apart from the addition of a low G# and high Eb to the compass, giving GG-e3 chromatic. Can be tuned to a=415 or 440. Brass stringing, marquetry panel and traditional brass hinges by David Law. The tone is sweet and the spinet was voiced by myself c.2003. 180cm long, 62cm at the widest point, 20cm deep.
Available for £4,000. Now reduced to £3,500 and open to offers.
English Bent-side Spinet made using Keene and Brackley plans. Oak veneered case and solid oak stand with traditional keyboard and wooden jacks. Replacement plectra, work on the keyboard and re-voiced by Peter Barnes since these photos were taken. £1950.00 Was for sale at the Greenwich festival for £1,800! Now £1595.
Please ask about pre-Christmas deliveries. 01373 831498.
English Harpsichord by Peter Barnes.
Brass strung, 2x8’ harpsichord with cherry wood case and stand which was made in 2007. 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 cherry stand detaches from the harpsichord and can be easily taken apart. The harpsichord is 6’ 3” long, 35” wide and 8” deep. Can be seen with owner in Cheltenham.
English Harpsichord after Thomas Barton by Peter Barnes.
Brass strung, 2x8’ harpsichord, 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. Soundboard painting by Jennifer Douglas.
Please note that the photos are of a previous instrument made in 2007. This new instrument will be available in March 2016. £8,900.
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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 transposed to a=415 or a=440 (with the loss of top g at a=440). The tuning pins are of the traditional oblong section and have been drilled for ease of stringing. The case is 225cm long, 93cm wide and 28cm high. For sale with replacement plectra, voicing, regulation with the case, lid and stand painted in Red with printed papers inside the lid and round the key-well and soundboard. Available after Armonico Consort hiring on December 6th 2015 £3,900. Now reduced to £2995.
Zuckermann Flemish Harpsichord made by Hill, 1975.
8 and 4 foot stops. BB-d3 can be tuned to a=440 or 415. In good playing condition with replacement tongues and plectra to 8-foot stop, spare strings, plectra and tuning key. Complete with brand new travelling cover. Size, 197cm x 84cm x 26cm. The stand can be transported in four, flat sections. An ideal instrument for concert hire. £2,350.00 Now £1995.
Flemish Harpsichord made from Zuckermann kit in 1978. This instrument has a reverse keyboard, with ebony naturals and bone sharp tops, a compass from BB to d3, two 8' stops and lightweight keys and jacks. The current case painting is gloss red and there is a large split in the treble section of the soundboard. Amazingly, it plays well!
Sold as seen, because I want to spend time making, not repairing, instruments. £1,400 ono. Visitors are welcome, but please expect to organise your own transport for this instrument if you are buying from outside the UK. I can deliver within most of England at a reasonable cost. I expect customers to visit before they buy an instrument.
Renatus Chamber Organ with two ranks of wooden pipes:
Stopped Diapason at 8', giving 4' flute and 2&2/3 Nazard by extension;
Principal at 4', giving a 2' Fifteenth by extension.
This organ has a digitally controlled action with a key touch that has very much the 'right' feel to it. Digital control means that it is possible to go from A=440 to A=415 at the touch of a switch.
The entire pipework slides out of the case for tuning. Tuning is by stoppers (8') and tin 'lapels' (4').
The instrument has, on occasion, been used for concerts both in
Cirencester Parish Church and in Tewkesbury Abbey.
Asking price: £7,500. To the best of my knowledge a similar instrument
with mechanical action would cost at least £16,000.
I am happy to deliver before Christmas within most of the U.K. for a reasonable charge, but please make your own transport arrangements if you are buying from abroad. 01373 831498.
This website is updated as soon as I have new stock or sell an instrument.