|The structure of the Italian Harpsichord was thin and very light,
rather more like a violin or guitar in construction. The sound of this instrument is
characterized by its strong attack, making it ideal for the performance of Italian music
and for continuo acompaniment as well. Its case is light, long, and slender, decorated
with detailed case mouldings, and it is provided with an elegant turned stand. The case is
made of cedar; the bridge, nuts, and soundboard mouldings are of wild cherry. Wooden jacks
work in proper Italian box guides. The compass of this instrument is
CDEF-d; short-octave bass with two split sharps for F# and G#. The two
8 choirs are strung in brass. While not the easiest kit to build, a patient worker
will create a graceful, elegant harpsichord remarkably faithful to the Italian traditions
of the 16th and 17th centuries. Options include an outer case with lid and music desk.
The Italian Harpsichord
has sides only 5mm thick and weighs only 16 kg.