Flemish Harpsichord

double manual "Ruckers 1638"

This instrument is based upon the famous harpsichord made by Ioannes Ruckers in 1638, one of the most interesting instruments made by the great master, the only one existing with its original keyboard. According to the needs of the harpsichordists from XVIII century to the modern times, we didn’t keep the ancient transposed disposition of the keyboards and we performed their alignment, following the historical method of the “ravalement”, which was performed by many XVIII century makers on more ancient instruments.

The result is a wonderful harpsichord, surprisingly appropriate for an extended classical repertoire.

All instruments are delivered with spare parts, tool box and DVD for their maintenance.

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Listen to this instrument

J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750) - Gavotte from English Suite n. 3, G min
J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750) - Aria from "Golberg Variations"
J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750) - Prelude from "Das Wohltemperierte Klavier", C min
L. Couperin (1626 - 1661) - Sarabande from "Pièces de Clavecin", A minor

General Features

  • Compass: G 1 - E 5, 58 keys
  • 2 x 8' stops and buff stop
  • Transposition 415 - 440 Hz
  • Case and lid: poplar, lime and beech
  • 6 beech legs screwed to the instrument, in style
  • Soundboard: red resonance spruce from Val di Fiemme
  • Soundboard wood grain: Extra Fine
  • Keyboard: spruce, bone (diatonic keys) and ebony (chromatic keys)
  • Jacks: pear wood with delrin or celcon plectra
  • Tuning pins: forged iron, historical type, with hole
  • Strings: red brass, yellow brass and ancient-type iron
  • Brush painting in two colours
  • Gold-leaf bands and mouldings
  • Rose and hinges made of bronze casting
  • Dimensions: 224 x 85 x 28 cm
  • Weight: 60 kg