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Reproduction: John Challis, American Double Manuel Harpsichord

Made by: John Challis

20th Century

North America


The original, 14-19th century harpsichords were primarily constructed of wood. This unique, modern version, with its aluminum frame and brass bridges, produces a brighter sound and stays in tune longer.

Harpsichord strings are plucked by a small quill, called the plectrum.  When the key is released, the vibration/sound is stopped by a piece of felt.  Unlike a piano, the notes sound at the same volume however lightly or heavily the key is pressed.   

Donated by Thomas Mairs, 2015

Cast Aluminum plated
5 tirasse pedals
Half hitch pedal
Brown finished wood case on fixed stand