ROBERT BROOKE HARPSICHORDS

Robert Brooke Harpsichords ®   4214 18th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
2010 ITALIAN HAPSICHORD AFTER GIACOMO RIDOLFI
This harpsichord is based upon an instrument built by Giacomo Ridolfi in 1682.
The original is in the Yale Collection and the plan for this modern evocation was drawn from measurement data supplied by the Collection. The modern instrument has been expanded from the original's compass of C/E-short octave to c"' to a compass of C-chromatic to d'". The keyboard is transposing, allowing the instrument to be used at either A-415 or A-440. An additional pair of strings for d'" is supplied for the A-440 pitch.

It is a long-scaled instrument at 11" and the keyboard has an octave span of 6 3/8". The inner instrument has a case of Italian cypress and it is strung in brass. The jacks are of walnut with holly tongues and the nut and the bridge are of walnut. The soundboard is spruce. The natural key tops and arcades are of European boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) and the sharp tops are cherry wood stained black and topped with slips of Gaboon ebony. The ebony of the sharp tops is inlaid with holly/ebony/holly banding.

The outer case and stand are painted a pale blue with burgundy highlights on beads and moldings. The interior of the lid is painted a lighter contrasting color and is decorated with trompe l'oeil painted moldings and a central medieval coat of arms in an elliptical medallion.
The polished brass hinges are especially made for this instrument. The instrument is equipped with T-nuts and bolts so the stand 
(a typical Italian three-legged pedestal stand) can be affixed to the instrument either inside or outside its outer case. This makes incidental movement of the instrument very easy. 

A removable music desk is supplied, also made of Italian cypress, and included is a protective cover for transportation.

Price FOB Bradenton, FL - $12,500


​2011 ITALIAN HAPSICHORD AFTER GIACOMO RIDOLFI
This instrument is based upon an instrument built by Giacomo Ridolfi in 1665. The original is in the Smithsonian's Collection of Musical Instruments. The plan for this modern Italian harpsichord was drawn using data and drawings from the Smithsonian Institution. The modern instrument has been expanded from the original's compass of C/E-short octave to c"' to a compass of C-chromatic to d"'. The keyboard is transposing, allowing the instrument to be used at either A-415 or A-440. An additional pair of strings for d"' is supplied for the A-440 pitch.

It is a traditionally-scaled Italian harpsichord at 10" and the keyboard has an octave span of 
6 1/4". The inner instrument has a case of Italian cypress and it is strung in brass. The jacks are of beech with holly tongues and the nut and the bridge are of walnut. The soundboard is spruce. The natural keytops and arcades are of European boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) and the sharp tops are cherry wood stained black and topped with slips of Gaboon ebony. The ebony of the sharp tops is inlaid with holly/ebony/holly banding. The sharp tops are slightly tapered to make the narrower octave span more comfortable.

The outer case and stand are painted terra cotta with beads and moldings gilded. The lip of the lid is also gilded, as are the boundaries of the contrasting color on the inside of the lid and flap.
The polished brass hinges are especially made for this instrument.


A removable music desk is supplied, also made of Italian cypress, and a protective cover for transportation can be supplied at additional cost on request.

Price FOB Bradenton, FL - $12,000

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