Craig C. Tomlinson
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French Double Manual Harpsichords

Information and Specifications

Four models of French double manual Harpsichords are available:

1.   A two manual Harpsichord based on the Francois Blanchet built in Paris in 1765, now in the collection of Robert Rosenbaum in New York.

2.   A two manual Harpsichord based on the Pascal Taskin built in Paris in 1769, now in the Russell Collection in Edinburgh.

3.   A two manual Harpsichord based on the Henry Hemsch built in Paris in 1756, now in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

4.   A two manual Harpsichord based on the Jean Goermans built in Paris in 1764, mis en ravallement by Pascal Taskin in 1783/84, now in the Russell Collection in Edinburgh

Other instruments will be considered.

The keyboard compass of all four Harpsichords is five octaves, FF-f3, 61 notes. There are three registers: 1 x 8ins., 1 x 4' on the lower manual; 1 x 8' on the upper manual with a shove coupler. A buff rail is provided for the principal 8'stop. Polished brass hand stops are provided to engage the buff rail and the registers. As options, the 1764 Goermans/Taskin and the 1769 Taskin may be equipped with a fourth register in peau de Buffle as well all models may have their ranges extended by 2 notes in the treble to FF-g3, 63 notes. 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 poplar with spruce framing and white oak wrestplanks. The soundboards are European spruce. The natural keys are covered with ebony and the accidentals are stained Swiss pear or ebony, topped with cow bone. The jacks are Swiss pear with holly tongues. Leather covers the upper and lower guides.

The cases are painted with one or two colours and decorated with wide gold bands and moldings. Trestle stands with square tapered legs are provided. Table stands with either cabriole or turned and fluted legs are available as options. The soundboard paintings and surrounding borders as well as all other laquered, or gilded chinoiseries are executed by Olga Tomlinson K.       

Typical French Harpsichord dimensions: inches (centimeters)
Length: 91.5" (233) x width: 38.5" (97.8) x depth: 12.0" (30.5) x height: 38.5" (97.5)    

    
    

 

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A basic Blanchet with simple gold bands and a table stand with cabriole legs - Tomlinson  Harpsichords            Tomlinson  Harpsichords

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Craig C. Tomlinson
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