Instruments to buy

Buy a harpsichord from my stock of new and used instruments listed here, or order a new instrument below.

If you are looking for an early keyboard instrument for your personal use and would prefer to rent rather than buy, see the Instruments to Rent page.

New and used instruments now available for sale

Please feel free to contact me for further details about any of the instruments for sale.

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My “8b” model - single-strung Italian

I have a new example of my most popular instrument available for immediate sale.
Single-strung, derived from early Italian originals by Pisaurensis and Domenico of Pesaro, it has a particularly Italian single-strung harpsichord beautiful tone.
GG/BB - d3 with a transposer, two-part lid and padded cover.

Dimensions: Length 178cm (70”), width 77cm (30.5”).
Maintaining the 2015 price: £5,800.

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Harpsichord by Roger Smalley

A large, grand, German-style harpsichord, a copy of the original by Carl Conrad Fleischer, dated 2012.
Smalley harpsichord GG - f3 (almost five octaves), with 8’ + 8’ + 4’ plus buff stop, transposer, and a top-quality padded cover.
Smalley harpsichord Smalley harpsichord This impressive harpsichord is of a thoroughly professional standard, and has been completely overhauled and re-voiced. It is in virtually new condition. I purchased it for use as a rental instrument, but found it too large and heavy to be ideal for this.

Dimensions: Length 226cm (89”), width 90 (35.5”).
Price: £5,900.

(This page last updated on 4th December 2016.)

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Instruments to order - my portfolio

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Italian

double-manual Italian harpsichord
2-manual harpsichord after Italian original by Migliai (c.1680), in the Nuremberg museum

From the 16th to the 18th centuries Italian instruments were used more widely throughout Europe than those of any other tradition. Supremely practical, and perfect continuo instruments, they are also ideal for much solo music. Their clear, unfussy tone often has a long sustain and a bell-like clarity.
I offer single-strung and double-strung Italian harpsichords and an Italian virginals.

Please feel free to contact me for further details.
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Italian single-strung harpsichord

Italian single-strung harpsichords:

Several designs are available, among them my most popular instrument, with several dozen customers.
This instrument can be supplied without a lid or with a full lid system.

Italian double-strung harpsichord

Italian double-strung harpsichords:

The instrument illustrated was made for Dartington International Summer School. Smaller instruments and different finishes are available.

Italian virginals

Italian virginals:

This instrument, with its plain cedar finish, was made for Colin Tilney. It features on the record “Goe from my Window” (Dorian Records). A pentagonal design is also available, as are painted finishes.

 

German

Fleischer harpsichord
Harpsichord after Fleischer.
Customer Steven Devine (UK).
Photo by Steven Devine/Kate Semmens, used with permission.

Instruments based on 18th century German originals are now generally seen as crucial to appropriate early music performance due to their natural suitability for the performance of core composers like Bach, Buxtehude and Handel. Many also have the virtues of a glorious sound, combining the clarity of Italian tone with great depth and nobility.

I offer single-manual and double-manual instruments based on originals by Christian Vater, Michael Mietke, Fleischer and Christian Zell.

Please feel free to contact me for further details.
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German single-manual

German single-manual harpsichords:

Harpsichord after Mietke. This instrument can be supplied with alternative decoration. Different stand designs available.

German double-manual

German double-manual harpsichords:

This instrument, after Zell, was made for UNISA, South Africa.

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