January 8, 2021
Here is your harpsichord standing on its own feet.
The soundboard board painting on our instrument is closely based on the soundboard of the 1640 Andreas Ruckers harpsichord in the Skinner Collection at Yale University. Here is a photo of the keywell of that instrument:
And here is the keywell of your instrument:
Your instrument represents what was often done to the small 45-nots Flemish originals in the late 17th century: the case was widened, a second set of 8' strings was added, and a new French keyboard (with the more narrow French octave span).
Often the French rebuilders removed all of the Flemish papers and painted the case interior, but also they often left the papers intact, as an old Flemish harpsichord commanded a far higher price than a new French instrument of the same size. The addition of the second 8' choir on these enlarged instruments took the brilliant edge off of the tone of the original single Flemish 8' register (now the front 8' choir on your instrument); and this second 8' choir, with its dark, round tone, is ideal for French music.
I'm still working on the music desk and jackrail. I want to play the instrument every day to help the plectra begin to stiffen a bit (as this is what new plectra do) and I want to go over the voicing and regulation every day. I also need to add the buff stop. The instrument will be ready for delivery in a couple of weeks.