Showing category "Hirings" (Show all posts)

Colin Booth Italian Harpsichord renovation.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Monday, December 11, 2023, In : Hirings 

This magnificent harpsichord came to me in a bit of a state. It was originally made with 3 x 8' stops and unfortunately, due to neglect and storage in very dry conditions, the wrestplank lifted. 
The wrestplank and soundboard had then been removed and the keyboard shortened by two semitones at either end. 
This was a fun renovation and I now use this instrument, all 2.45m of it, as my main hiring harpsichord. It makes a wonderful sound although I do see people looking somewhat perplexed by the ...

Continue reading ...

Hiring in Warwick

Posted by Peter Barnes on Thursday, March 17, 2016, In : Hirings 
The lift was too small for the big red harpsichord, so I have worked round the clock for the last two days to make the English harpsichord play. And here we are! Chris Monks is even improvising a buff stop by laying some damper felt over the strings. 
Continue reading ...

New Delivery Wagon.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, In : Hirings 

Famous for their large boot and solid construction, this is our fifth 'new to us' Volvo estate in 17 years. Expect to have your instrument collected and returned in luxury and style - a harpsichord deserves nothing less! 

Continue reading ...

Bath Abbey Hiring in the snow.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, February 4, 2012, In : Hirings 
Constant snow since I delivered the harpsichord today. Was told by the organiser how the last person to hire them a harpsichord left it unattended on it's trolley. It rolled off the pavement and out onto the busy street before toppling over with a tinkle. I hope I don't add another sad story to the collection.
Continue reading ...

About Me

Harpsichord Maker, restorer, repairer and vendor.