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Harpsichords

FOR SALE: 1 MANUAL TRASUNTINO HARPSICHORD MADE IN 1531, TRUE COPY BUILT BY US, TRUE COPY OF THIS FINE ITALIAN INSTRUMENT, PICTURE SHOWN HERE IS OF ACTUAL INSTRUMENT COMING TO OUR SHOWROOM SOON.

Notice: WVS 1 Trading Inc. of the Philippines is the OFFICIAL SOLE DISTRIBUTOR WORLDWIDE for these fine instruments, ONLY available in www.pianos. ph show room in Makati, Greater Manila Area.

The original Trasuntino Harpsichord is in the Royal College of Music in London but it is not possible to reconstruct the soundboard, ribbing and bridges, because it had been altered before however there it is a very similar instrument to the Eldest Surviving Italian Harpsichord from Hyronimus of Bologna 1521.

That´s why we took the case of the Trasuntino and the soundboard from Hyronimus to get a beautiful new Instrument matching the requirements of today with the tone and construction true copy 1521.

In Germany, the Harpsichords had been built by organ makers, In Italy by lute makers and violin Makers. The result was totally different tones, each influenced by different approches to harpsichord making.

One kind of Italian concept was very thin walls, very light weighted keys, built only to give a big volume (similar to the Flamenco-Guitar) and this was for us the concept of our Trasuntino.

Because they are clearly louder than other Harpsichord types, they had been used until the 19th Century for Churches, Theaters, Operas, the director was leading all the music from the Harpsichord and gave all musicians the start for their part with the Harpsichord.

 The Harpsichord had to be as loud as possible with a good attack in the sound. Normally, only both 8´-registers could be played together: for tuning purpose, they could be separated.

Our Trasuntinos  are good for all kind of orchestra continuo as well as home use and most solo music, they are perfect for the music of Sweelinck, Byrd, Frescobaldi, Froberger, Domenico Scarlatti.

The case in Rana/Narra, the soundboard made of spruce, the knobs on the case are in real pearl.

One manual, G/H-d³, length 211 cm, 8´,8´, Lute stop,

 

FOR SALE: TRUE COPY OF JOHANN NICOLAUS BACH HAPSICHORD NEWLY BUILT BY US, 2 MANUALS, LISTEN BY CLICKING THIS LINK, THEN COME AND PLAY THIS INSTRUMENT WHICH IS IN OUR SHOW ROOM NOW. 

An aristocratic family purchased a former monastery near Augsburg as Residence in the year 1805 and brought from the north of Germany a harpsichord for their music room. (PICTURE: original instrument now in German museum)

This instrument was found in 1984 on a loft, and is now in the „Berliner Instrument museum“. Historians as well as musicians  have done a lot of research on this Instrument. On the bottom plank it is written with pencil: Josephus Glonner:  Royal clavecin maker: in Münich verfertiget (made in Munich) 29th of July 1765.  Mr. Noother’s signatures were found.

 

Considering the range of the keyboard being AA-d³ and the style of decoration, we should exclude that Glonner, who worked during the time of Mozart for the Court in Munich, has made it.

His Signature Represents the date when the instrument was converted to a combined Harpsichord/ Fortepiano as some parts of the original action survived this conversion.

Before the rebuilding the instrument had been a Harpsichord with 8´ stringing and 3 or 4 Rows of Jacks. After an analysis of the measures with the method of Hubert Henkel, the instrument was likely built in Thüringen.

The Instrument had a device for the keyboard to switch the registers on and off by sliding the keyboard, a method also found on church organs at the time. (PICTURE: Actual unit in our show room now)

After Jacob Adlung’s: „Musica Mechanica Organoedi“ , edited in Berlin 1768 by Johann Friedrich Agricola, a pupil of J.S.Bach, the Clavier- and Organ-Maker Johann Nikolaus Bach invented such a device before the Year 1727.

Adlung is praising Johann Nikolaus Bach as maker of excellent sounding harpsichords with a light touch and veneered exterior. 

Johann Nikolaus Bach (1669 - 1753) was a second  cousin (the Grandfathers had been Brothers) of Johann Sebastian Bach, and it is reported that they often had personal contact.  Therefore this instrument must be seen in close relationship to the Music of Johann Sebastian Bach.