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Italian Neapolitan Harpsichord by The Paris Workshop

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4 516,53€

Italian Neapolitan Harpsichord by The Paris Workshop

Instrument supplied in kit form for home assembly.

Our Neapolitan Harpsichord was inspired by originals by Bocalari dating from the end of the 17th-century. The case is in poplar with a spruce soundboard, and is of "false inner-outer" construction, tricking the eye into believing that this is an instrument resting in an independent external case. This conceit is enhanced by the contrast of the inner natural wood against the painted exterior.

Our case is built in traditional Italian manner around the bottom, with the sides reinforced by knees and framing. We use the expected 2x8' disposition of the Italian harpsichord, without buff. The two unison choirs are permanently engaged, and while there is no provision to change registration, one can move either of the traditional boxguide registers to disengage a choir, perhaps to facilitate tuning.

The keyboard of the original had a short octave bass, but we took the opportunity to extend the bass to fully chromatic from C.

The instrument is delivered with a lid and fallboard, music desk, and a turned stand in traditional Italian style. This exciting harpsichord has a precise touch, and a bright and pure sound with pronounced attack. It makes an ideal continuo instrument and provides inspiration for the incredible solo Italian keyboard repertoire.


  • Range: 49+1 notes: C-c''. Transposable A392 / A415 / A440.
  • Disposition: 2x8´, no buff.
  • Wood: Case in poplar or lime. Inner case veneer in cypress. Swiss pine soundboard. Walnut-veneered wrestplank. Bridge, nut and mouldings in walnut.
  • Keyboard: Boxwood naturals and fruitwood accidentals.
  • Action: Traditional wooden jacks working in boxguides.
  • Stand: Turned, traditional Italian style.
  • Dimensions: Length 202 cm, Width 78 cm, Depth of case 21 cm.
  • Weight: about 25 Kg.
  • Instructions: Manual in English or French. Full size paper drawing.
  • Level of difficulty: Some experience to professional.
  • Standard version: Version 1, ready for assembly.
  • Options not included (please ask for price): Version 3, soundboard installed. "Rosace" Italian style.

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