Category Archives: Harpsichord

Ready to sit down!

The bench, for all intents and purposes is now complete! All told, I think it was about 16 1/2 hours of work to build this bench. This was quite satisfying to finish. I hadn’t gotten much accomplished over the past … Continue reading

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Back to the Bench . . .

Literally and figuratively. I’ve been away for quite a while for a lot of reasons, but I’m back at the bench now. And as it turns out I’m working on the Harpsichord bench. I’ve done most of the important parts, … Continue reading

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Filling a split

A few months ago I discovered that the harpsichord case had developed a split in the bottom. Although it sounds more awful than it really is, it was somewhat alarming at the time. I knew I would have to fix … Continue reading

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Legs to Stand On

The four legs for the harpsichord stand are complete. I haven’t turned much lately, but today I finished turning the four legs for the stand. It took me about 8 hours total, probably pretty slow, but I’m really a novice … Continue reading

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Transposer and Music Desk

I recently spent some time looking at and copying pictures from the Ruckers book for the moulding profile used in the period instrument I’m building and discussing it with my mentor. In the end I decided to seek out miniature … Continue reading

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Upper Registers Installed

The final, and trickiest part of the harpsichord registers is to install brass capstan screws in both the bass and treble ends to allow for adjustments left and right to align properly with the lower registers and to ensure that … Continue reading

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New Set of Uppers

Back in the Harpsichord Registers (Next Phase) I showed a pair of Upper Registers that I really wasn’t happy with. Registers are complicated and must be extremely precise, and straight. These were not. Here you can see that when laid … Continue reading

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Fitting the Lowers

Fitting the Lower Registers this past week was more than a bit challenging. The challenge presented itself when I discovered that the pinblock supports were too short.This is the original maple block, coming up 1/2″ short. The lower register needs … Continue reading

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Harpsichord Registers (Next Phase)

After a bit of a summer break for relaxing, vacations, and stuff like that, I’ve finally gotten back to the harpsichord to try to get the registers finished. The upper and lower registers are all cut and are now being … Continue reading

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Register Cutting Jig

There has been rather a long pause in the building process as I had to take some time off. I moved the harpsichord back down to the workroom after being in storage (in the corner of my dining room) for … Continue reading

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