After a lifetime of making early keyboard instruments, I no longer take commissions. However, one or two instruments, either new or refurbished, may be available from time to time for immediate sale (see below).
As a harpsichord maker I have had the pleasure of supplying around three hundred customers, including a high percentage of professional musicians. Some leading harpsichordists have acquired at least four instruments, including Colin Tilney (Canada) and Steven Devine (UK).
I keep a selection of instruments for my own pleasure, for concert use and recording, and continue to hire harpsichords for concerts. A few instruments are also available for long-term rental, within a restricted geographical area. Please contact me for information on these services.
Here are some examples of my work.
Several built during the second half of 2018 and early 2019.
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New harpsichord completed 2018, after a small 17th century original by Lefebvre.
This instrument can be decorated if desired (see gallery above).
A bright, singing tone with great clarity, and a remarkable bass.
Two 8 foot registers and a particularly successful buff stop.
Double transposer: A = 392 / 415 / 440.
The legs can be unscrewed from the table stand, making this instrument (only just over 2 metres long) extremely convenient to transport.
Price including padded cover, music desk, and all normal extras, £11,200. No VAT.
Harpsichord makers are always asked certain questions. I’m pleased to provide some answers here.
© 2013-2019 Colin Booth, harpsichordist and harpsichord maker