Just after having completed the virginal, I made a few test panels with other acrylic pigments, and I now feel that the light stability problems can be totally avoided by a proper choice of the colours. And the information seemed just enough to build something which could resemble the real thing, at a cost affordable also to a university student, and so I set out. Evidence from over 80 instruments is used to deduce how they would have been strung originally. But, to a closer examination, by putting together all the bits and pieces given in the chapter dedicated to the Italian building tradition, the numbers are just enough to perfom a full calculation of the necessary elements. But for young Tunisians, the seasonal work does not offer significant prospects. M Lindley, Temperaments, New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Macmillan, London. A sizeable amount of table and floor space and the option of using that space solely for your project for long periods of time.
Anyway, I had learnt the lesson. With the excuse of a complex technical study, it has opened a view on a world made, first of all, by people. Still good to look up if you can find it. The book tells you how to make a copy of an 18th century spinet by Keene and Brackley. Taher Hedhli lives not far from Tunis, in Ariana, and uses charcoal for heating and for making tea.
The overall result is a full and round sound heard the recording? I don't really remember when I first got into thinking about building a keyboard instrument. Some had lids; others did not but were housed in a separate case. He showed us the best rare woods he had as if they had been a work of art and, in a sense, they were. This will allow to slip a bit of cardboard under the felt, if it will ever be necessary to increase the felt thickness in order to raise the jacks. It might help to start with a plan-view photograph of an original; many of these are published in books, catalogues, and on the internet.
How about an aluminium 'U' cross section, metal tongue, metal spring, three regulating screws and a counterweight? A case of soundboard wood was definitely going to be noisy! Laying and Decorating Harpsichord Papers, MacTaggart. I feel however that, on a well regulated instrument, this is not necessary at all, and that glued felt would be much more stable and reliable. I did not try to stay with the historical period with decorations. Of course, power tools do help, but there seems no real need for them, especially for a one-off job. This traditional work has become an essential chore for him. I did not drive yet, and my brother took me to get the wood. Please contact or 0207 591 4842 International Links to Makers List of European Makers List of non-European makers List of Builders- Worldwide Atelier Arpeggio, Harpsichord Workshop- Belgium Harpsichord Makers established in France- Le Clavecin J-P Rouaud.
A Technical drawing of the single-manual harpsichord built in Venice by Alessandro Trasuntino and dated 1531, can be purchased from the Museum of Music at the Royal College of Music in London. Russell's extensive collection is now housed in St. Suppliers of high quality bone, ancient mammoth ivory and pre-ban ivory key tops suitable for harpsichords. It seems to work fine, even if the original spring material hog's bristle would probably be better on the long run. Nicolo Pasquali, Thorough-Bass Made Easy 1763 , Oxford University Press. The photo was featuring the woodworking skills involved. By late 1991 I had drawn the full plan, side view and keyboard.
I have not purchased any of these yet. Contains a lot of sound advice on practical matters and performance style. A few centuries ago these instruments were built quickly and efficiently using hand tools. It would start off by adding a little piece to the instrument, realizing I had an interesting point to discuss with someone, spending weeks sleeping over it, and talking it over, and then feeling like I could just add another bit. Each batch takes about two days and needs to be managed constantly.
Trickier than it sounds - please chat to me if you fancy doing this! In that I was lucky again. From a first look, in the Hubbard book the information is not enough to build a full working instrument. How to cut it, glue it, salvage the little bits and pieces for repairs. The keys are guided at the back by metal pins which run into a wooden rail. Il volume contiene anche molte fotografie e schizzi, non solo di parti degli strumenti ma anche delle attrezzature e dime da autocostruirsi. I cembali italiani poggiano semplicemente il somiere sui suoi supporti, ed è ovviamente una cosa intuitiva.
Dovendo scegliere una famiglia di clavicembali per illustrare tecniche e procedimenti, Martin opta per un cembalo italiano, pur con qualche vaga indicazione sui cembali nordeuropei. Here is what I have collected to date in no particular order , please share what you find. In a virginal, the strings are more or less parallel to the keyboard. Decoration: Acrylic paint, paper lining, gold oil-gilt bandings and lettering. I decided the keyboard size I wanted.
An 18th century treatise on the figured bass, in facsimile. It adds little to the sound, but the instrument looks naked without it. Some used spruce for the soundboards, others used cedar, and still others, cypress. As I could not manage to find suitable oil-based paints based on natural pigments, I resorted to acrylics. A rose a decorated hole is cut into the soundboard. By that time I had fully built the jacks, the keyboard, the case and the soundboard, that is sadly lying upside-down on the case, showing the register, three ribs and the underside of the rose. The only drawback I have found in the method is in the light stability of the red pigment, which tends to become subtly more purple as the years go by, adding a 'synthetic' feel which was not there when the instrument was painted.
These data will form the basis for this replica, which will be as accurate as possible. A very poor idea, I soon realized, as it weakens the instrument and does not really save much work. A very basic stand and a music desk, that should be considered useful complements, rather than parts of the instrument, allow me to play in the modern sense, using printed music. Darryl Martin, The Art of making a Harpsichord, Robert Hale ed. Unlike a harpsichord, where the tuning end of the strings lies on the massive woodden block where the tuning pins are the wrestplank , in a virginal both ends of the string both bridges, blue lie on active soundboard area.