Harpsichord

Harpsichords available for hire

We are happy to present you our instruments. They are used in exceptional opera productions in the finest European Operahouses, for numerous concerts and recordings. We provide only first-class instruments backed by an exceptional standard of customer service.

To secure your choice of instrument, please book as far ahead as possible, preferably by email.

We provide a technical datasheet for each instrument.

Pitch and temperament

Please inform us of your intended use of the instrument when booking so it can be best prepared. The transposing keyboards on the instruments enable performances at either baroque A415 or modern A440. Some instruments also accomodate the lower A392 or the highter A465. Although given sufficient notice, we can often accommodate intermediate “Classical” pitches like A425 or A430 for an additional fee.

G1 - Italian Single Manual Harpsichord 'GIUSTI'
By Jan Kalsbeek

This instrument is inspired by the original harpsichord built in 1679 by Giovan Battista in the Tagliavini Collection.

Apart from his instruments, very little is known about the Italian harpsichord builder Giovanni Baptista Giusti. From inscriptions on instruments by his hand, we know he was born at Lucca. He lived at Ferrara in 1679 and built harpsichords between the years 1676 and 1693.

With its powerful treble and resonant bass, its dry but flexible tone and rich sound it is ideal for the colourful Italian music. It is also very suitable as a continuo instrument.

  • PITCH : A415/A440
  • REGISTERS : 8' + 8'
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G3-Italian Single Manual Harpsichord 'Giusti'
By Jan Kalsbeek

  • PITCH : A415/A440/A465
  • REGISTERS : 8' + 8'
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G4 - Italian Single Manual Harpsichord 'GIUSTI'
By Jan Kalsbeek

  • PITCH : A415/A440/A465
  • REGISTERS : 8' + 8'
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G5 - Italian Single Manual Harpsichord 'GIUSTI'
By Jan Kalsbeek

  • PITCH : A415/A440/A465
  • REGISTERS : 8' + 8'
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D1 - ITALIAN SINGLE MANUAL HARPSICHORD 'GRIMALDI'
By Marc Ducornet

Italian Harpsichord after Grimaldi by Marc Ducornet ... these long and slender harpsichords, with no embellishment other than their graceful shape and complex architectural moldings, are among the most handsome and eloquent examples of Italian harpsichord building that have come down to us. This splendid instrument, with its beautifully vocal treble and powerful bass, is a favorite instrument amongst many harpsichordists.

  • PITCH : A392/A415/A440/A465
  • REGISTERS : 8' + 8'
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D2 - ITALIAN SINGLE MANUAL HARPSICHORD 'GRIMALDI'
By Marc Ducornet

  • PITCH : A392/A415/A440
  • REGISTERS : 8' + 8'
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F - FLEMISH DOUBLE MANUAL HARPSICHORD 'RUCKERS'
By Marc Ducornet

The workshop of Ruckers is credited to build probably the most perfect harpsichords ever and it sets the benchmark for harpsichordists and harpsichord makers even today.
The Flemish cembalo is solid in construction, colorful in tone with a rich resonance. The Flemish makers were the first to build two-manual harpsichords after 1600.

  • PITCH : A392/A415/A440
  • REGISTERS : 8' + 8' + 4' + Harp
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R - FLEMISH DOUBLE MANUAL HARPSICHORD 'DULCKEN'
By David Rubio

A copy of a two manual Flemish eighteenth century instrument by the esteemed original maker and inheritor of the Ruckers tradition, Johan Daniel Dulcken (1736-1769).
The instrument was buit in 1974 in the Oxfordshire village of Duns Tew by the late great luthier and supreme maker of classical guitars, viola de gambas, chests of viols and violins David Rubio (1934 - 2000).

  • PITCH : A392/A415/A440
  • REGISTERS : 8' + 8' +4' + H + Naz + Pdb
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GC - DOUBLE MANUAL CONCERT HARPSICHORD 'MODERN'
By Robert Goble

Compared to the simplicity of the historic-style harpsichord, the twentieth-century or revival harpsichord could well appear intimidating.
The case is made out of walnut and satinwood veneer. The five octave keyboard, FF to f3, is decorated with rosewood naturals and ivory overlaid accidentals. The instrument has seven pedals who control the registers.

  • PITCH : 440
  • REGISTERS : 16' + 8' + 8' + 4' + H + Naz
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