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Delin Double with the bottom removed.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, In : Second-hand 
Flemish Harpsichord makers often made their instruments so the bottom could be removed by drilling out the wooden dowels which held it in place. This enables internal repairs to be undertaken and aids soundboard repairs. My late father designed his Delin harpsichord so this could be done and there was a little movement between the bentside and the bottom of his instrument so I decided to have a look inside. Plenty of internal photos are on my homepage. 
When replacing the bottom, I put in more...
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Delin Harpsichord by John Barnes 1991

Posted by Peter Barnes on Sunday, January 9, 2022, In : Second-hand 
I have just started renovating this lovely instrument. It will be restrung in Rose iron and brass, and have new Delrin plectra.
A delight to work on!

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Finally, (almost) finished! Delin Double.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, October 10, 2020, In : New build 
No 4' on this one. Make of that what you will, but many people hardly use a 4', it goes out of tune quickly in concert conditions and robs the soundboard of space for the 8' stops. My Lockdown Luxury has been to make a double without the usual 4'. I like it.

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Double Manual Flemish nearly finished.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, In : New build 
Just voicing the October offering from 
It has a hiring on 31st October 2020 at the Malvern Theatre for the Four Seasons with Armonico consort.
Pictures to follow!
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Delin Double Lovely Legs!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Monday, June 29, 2020, In : working on... 
I have has fun making this stand from solid oak. It weighs about 17kg!

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Delin Double continued!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, In : New build 
So, a big step today putting in the soundboard. I hope I checked that there were no tools left inside!

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Delin Double underway!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, In : New Harpsichords 
Here is my new baby! 

Of course, making the case is the quick bit.
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Posted by Peter Barnes on Thursday, May 28, 2020, In : New Harpsichords 

Delin Harpsichord by Peter Barnes 2020
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Delin Twins

Posted by Peter Barnes on Friday, May 15, 2020, In : New build 
Side by side for comparison at last. Both of these instruments sound fantastic. The Oliver Moor is slightly deeper, heavier and significantly cheaper, the Peter Barnes is very resonant and has an even more lovely soundboard painting. I have no idea which one will sell first!
My next Delin project will be a small double manual with AA-d3 compass, transposing of course!

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Delin Harpsichord finished!

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, April 4, 2020, In : New Harpsichords 
All that work and finally there is something to show for it. Large, light and very powerful!

It is probably time to tidy the workshop now!
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New Flemish Harpsichord after Albertus Delin.

Posted by Peter Barnes on Saturday, May 18, 2019, In : New build 
I'm now making a Flemish harpsichord out of very light French poplar, specially imported from a little saw mill in the south of France. 
The case is made and I'm working on the soundboard today.
The instrument is 210cm long, 88cm wide and 26cm high, slightly smaller than the Delin harpsichord kit produced some years ago by the Early Music Shop. The most striking difference however is the weight; American Tulip Wood, often called Poplar, is much more dense than French Poplar. I can't stop myself...
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