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Italian Harpsichord

Made by: Unknown

17th Century


ca. 1650-1680

The plucked strings of the harpsichord produce a bright, resonant sound. This harpsichord, including the keys, is constructed entirely out of wood, except for the strings (metal) and plectra (quills).  

Each string/key has its own plectrum, or plucking material.  

Historically, these were made of feather quills—usually crow or raven.  Modern harpsichords mostly use plastic plectra. 

 Acquired 1982

Range: (C/)E-c3
False inscription: “Nicolae de Gregori fecitti Anno Domini 1740”
False inner-outer design on the case