Craig C. Tomlinson
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Eighteen Century Flemish Harpsichords

Information and Specifications

Single Manual and Double Manual

1.   A single manual Harpsichord based on a Joannes Dulcken built in Antwerp in 1747, now in the Vleeshuis in Antwerp. The range is FF-f3, 61 notes. This instrument has three registers: 2 x 8' and 1 x 4' with a transposer block.

2.   A single manual Harpsichord based on a Joannes Bull built in Antwerp in 1779, now in the Vleeshuis in Antwerp. The range is FF-f3, 61 notes. This instrument has three registers: 2 x 8' and 1 x 4' with a transposer block.

3.   A double manual Harpsichord based on a Joannes Dulcken built in Antwerp in 1745, now in the Smithsonian Institution. The range is FF- f3, 61 notes. This instrument has three registers: 1 x 8, 1 x 4' on the lower manual; 1 x 8' on the upper manual with an addapted shove coupler.

The construction on the two 18th Century singles is fairly light which results in a bright, responsive sound! I have made many of these instruments with varying types of Flemish decoration. My favorite is based on a double manual Dulcken in a private collection in Dilbeek, Belgium.

The Bull and Dulcken singles are almost exactly the same size and shape with the exception of a double curve to the bentside. These are the instruments of choice of many top players!

The cases are poplar with spruce framing and white oak wrestplanks. The soundboards are European spruce. All of these instruments have ‘reverse’ keyboards with ebony covering the natural keys and accidentals of solid ebony topped with cowbone. The jacks and tongues are European beech. The upper and lower guides are wood. The instruments have transposer blocks beside the keyboards so that both low pitch (a'=415 Hz) and modern pitch (a'=440 Hz) are available.

The cases are painted one or two colours and decorated in a variety of ways. A trestle stand with turned legs is provided. Case decorations and soundboard paintings and borders are executed by Olga Tomlinson K.

Single Manual dimensions: inches (centimeters):
Length: 86.5" (219.7) x width: 39.5" (100.3) x depth: 10" (25.7) x height: 33.5" (85.6)

Double Manual dimensions: inches (centimeters):
Length: 102.5" (260) x width: 39.5" (100.3) x depth: 10" (25.7) x height: 33.5" (85.6)

    

    


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Detail of a Dulcken single showing the 'pull stops' for changing registers - Tomlinson Harpsichords            Detail of a Dulcken single - Tomlinson Harpsichords

 

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Seventeenth Century Flemish Harpsichords:
Single Manual and Double Manual

One double manual and one single manual 17th Century Flemish Harpsichord is available:

1.  A single manual Harpsichord based on a Joannes Couchet built in Antwerp in 1645, now in the Russell Collection in Edinburgh. The original is short octave C/E-c3, 45 notes. This instrument has two registers that may be configured with either 2 x 8' or 1 x 8' and 1 x 4'. This instrument is set at a specific pitch and is not available with a transposer block.

2.  A double manual harpsichord based on a Joannes Ruckers built in Antwerp in 1638, now in the Russell Collection in Edinburgh. The original instrument had a transposing keyboard capable of two pitches with a range of short octave C/E- f3, 50 notes. I have changed this instrument to accommodate a regular coupling keyboard with upper and lower manuals playing at the same pitch. There are three registers: 1 x 8', 1 x 4' on the lower manual; 1 x 8' on the upper manual.

Materials, construction methods and decoration closely follow the originals. The cases are poplar with spruce framing and White oak wrestplanks. The soundboards are European spruce. The Keyboards have bone naturals and black (bog) oak accidentals. The upper and lower guides are solid wood. Instruments with a short octave are made to be set at a specific pitch and are not available with a transposer block.

The cases are paneled with plain or marbled paint. The interior surfaces are covered with traditional handmade block printed papers, which are further adorned with painted Latin mottos, arabesques and striping. A simple trestle stand with turned legs is provided. An elaborate turned oak stand is available as an option. Case and soundboard decorations are executed by Olga Tomlinson K.

    

Detail of a Dulcken single showing the 'pull stops' for changing registers - Tomlinson Harpsichords  Detail of a Dulcken single - Tomlinson Harpsichords

 


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Craig C. Tomlinson
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