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Keyboard Instruments

Double-manual, Pedal Clavichord after J.D. Gerstenberg, ca. 1760,  is actually three separate instruments stacked one on top of the other and played like an organ.  The two manual instruments, each with two 8' choirs, are of slightly different case depths.  The lowest instrument, deeper in tone, slides out from an enclosure to simulate an organ's lower manual.  The largest of the three instruments, upon which the manual clavichords rest, features 8' and 16' choirs and is operated by a pedal keyboard. The entire ensemble of clavichords is well-suited for the trio sonatas of Bach, as well as other organ music of 17th-and 18th-centuries. 

German Clavchord, after a 17th century anonymous, German instrument. This was a 2015 special commission with carvings on the Druckleiste and toolbox cover.  It is an example of a short octave instrument with divided F# and G# keys in the lowest octave, giving the player a complete diatonic octave plus F#, G#, and Bb in the bass.

German-style, double bent side, single manual harpsichord.

Cristofori-style Italian harpsichord.

The "Druckleiste" of a clavichord is a lightweight panel resting on the damping weave of the strings, creating a comfortable, even touch for the player. Unlike extant examples,this one is hand-carved depicting the emergence of life from the oceans to land.

The short octave and split F# and G# keys.

Scalloped carvings on the distal ends of  the F&E and B&C keylevers, highlighting the diatonic semitones, common on German clavichords of this period.

This instrument's rosette continues the carving theme featured on the Druckleiste of trilobites, amphibians, reptiles, and birds in various stages of evolution.

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