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#3714 Germany
Flemish style single manual harpsichord by Dr. Richard Shann, built in 1983, precise copy of the 1627 Ruckers. 8', 4', 45 notes, C/E - c´´´  (short bass octave), non-transposing at A 440. Instrument can be retuned to A 415 if desired. white bone naturals and black sharps. Handmade Flemish block printed papers throughout, with Latin mottoes, and the soundboard is painted in the Flemish style. The exterior is marbled in grey and dark brown. There is just enough patination from 32 years of aging to make this harpsichord take on the appearance of a genuine antique.The stand is crafted after a painting by Gerard Terborch ( 1617 - 1681). This is an opportunity for the connoisseur, who desires absolute authenticity in sound, appearance and action to acquire an early Ruckers style harpsichord. It is ideal for all music written before 1680 like the "Fitzwilliam Virginal Book" or the spanish music of the golden age. € 11.900,00.

 

Europe List/ Double Manual Harpsichords


#3459 FRANCE
Ammer “Bach” Double n°948, ca. 1960; 61 notes, FF – f’’’; buff to 16’, buff to both 8’, and 8’, no buff on 4’ ; 5 pedals, quilled in delrin throughout; wooden jacks, oak veneered case. Owned and played by a professional harpsichordist. In Paris. $6000

 


#3702 PORTUGAL
Double manual harpsichord by Willem Jiskoot, 1971, F-g’’’,61 notes, 8’,8’,4’, buff, transposing, wooden jacks, very good condition. Instrument is in Portugal. €13.000.

 


#3950 GER
Sold
Double manual English harpsichord, copy of Couchet/Taskin 1783 by Michael Johnson, 1976. FF - f’’’, 8’, 8’, 4’, buff, wooden jacks, delrin plectra, decorated with gold banding and lid motto, includes cover. The instrument is in Germany. € 14,900.

 


#3544 BELGIUM
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Double by Pleyel, Paris, circa 1935. 61 notes FF – f'''. Seven pedals: Lower manual: 16', 8', 4' ; buff stop; coupler; upper manual: 8',8' nasale. Ivory keys, beautiful figured mahogany case. Excellent condition. In Brussels. 17.000 €.

 


#3778 BEL
Double manual harpsichord after Ioannes Bull 1778, built by Ivan de Halleux (belgian factor) in 1977. FF-f’’’, 61 notes, 8’, 8’, 4’, peau de buffle, nasal, decorated soundboard, length 264 cm. The instrument is in Belgium. 30.000 EUR

 

Europe List/Pedal Harpsichords

 

 

Europe List/Single Manual Harpsichords


#3400 GERMANY
Walter Merzdorf & Söhne single from the 1960s. 8', 8', 4', buff. Knee lever for the 4'. 57 notes, AA-f'''. Ca. 1,75m long. 'Semi-historical' construction (solid bottom and soundboard). Quilled in Delrin. Structurally and mechanically in perfect condition. Located in Hamburg (Germany). € 2000

 


#3765 Poland
Italian after Giovanni Celestini 1605, built in 2014 by Michal Koszel. The instrument is brand new. 8' ,8’, FF-f''', 60 notes, transposition for 415/440 Hz. Keyboard made of black oak and sycamore, case is made in cherry wood, soundboard - spruce wood. Wooden jacks, made of pear wood. The instrument is in Poland. Price: €8500.

 


#3714 Germany
Flemish style single manual harpsichord by Dr. Richard Shann, built in 1983, precise copy of the 1627 Ruckers. 8', 4', 45 notes, C/E - c´´´  (short bass octave), non-transposing at A 440. Instrument can be retuned to A 415 if desired. white bone naturals and black sharps. This instrument has been in my private use throughout its life, except for some concerts by world famous players like Bob von Asperen, and has been professionally maintained all the time. In 1999, to achieve easy maintenance and regulation, the historical style tuning pins were drilled to make string replacement easier, and it was voiced with Delrin instead of quill. The jacks are made of wood and the springs are actually pig bristles. Handmade Flemish block printed papers throughout, with Latin mottoes, and the soundboard is painted in the Flemish style. The exterior is marbled in grey and dark brown. There is just enough patination from 32 years of aging to make this harpsichord take on the appearance of a genuine antique.The stand is crafted after a painting by Gerard Terborch ( 1617 - 1681). This is an opportunity for the connoisseur, who desires absolute authenticity in sound, appearance and action to acquire an early Ruckers style harpsichord. It is ideal for all music written before 1680 like the "Fitzwilliam Virginal Book" or the spanish music of the golden age. € 11.900,00.

 


#3750 Germany
Single manual Harpsichord after the instrument of Michael Mietke in the castle of Charlottenburg (Berlin) about 1700  copy by Berlin Baroque, 2004. constructors: Gerhard Oppelt / Paul-Heinrich Schade / Jürgen Halwaß. FF/GG-e”’  8’8’ Transposing 392/415The instrument sits on a balustrade stand of seven legs.  Ornament and borders are painted in orange and ochre with rubbed gold leaf.  221 cm  x 88 cm width.  Keyboard height is 790 mm. €26,500.

#3751 Germany
A second identical instrument is available with a simpler decoration.  €21.500.

 

Europe List/Virginals & Spinets

 


#3712 UK
English Wing Spinet harpsichord by John Kirshaw, Manchester, about 1760, GG-g’’’, 61 notes, 1 x 8’. in good exterior condition but the musical side needs restoration, owned by the same family for over 50 years. Appears to be in Boalch, p. 460. £15,000.

 


#3824 UK
Virginal. A museum quality iron-scaled early Italian virginals in cypress wood for display or restoration. The instrument is in London. $19,000 USD.

 

Europe List/Fortepianos


#3534 BELGIUM Sold
Fortepiano after Stein by Koen Vermijen, FF- F'''tuned at 430, Viennese action with two knee levers, dampers on right, moderator on left, double strung throughout; includes padded cover made especially for the instrument by Vogel-Scheer. Completely revised by professional fortepiano maker. Located in Brussels, Belgium. €12.000

 


#3952 GER
Historic Square Piano (Christopher Ganer, UK, late 18th century), in very good historically restored condition. FF - f’’’, 2-course throughout. 2 registers (damper suspension, lute), A 1 400 Hz.-tuning. The instrument is in Germany. € 12,500.

 


#3490 HCH

Fortepiano after Stein, built in the Zuckermann shop (USA) for a professional player in 1992. Revoiced by Tim Hamilton in 2013. 61 notes, FF-f'''; double strung throughout; A=430. ( 85" x 38" ~ 6 1/4" octave) Lovely cherry veneer case; solid frame and paneled cherry lid; 5 turned and fluted legs. All in excellent condition. Includes padded moving cover. $18,000.
usd (plus transport ). In our Boston gallery.

 

Europe List/Clavichords

 


#3951 GER
Clavichord, copy of 17th and 18th century German instrument, by Carl Fudge (US) 1986, E – c’’’ (may be tuned C/E - c’’’ short octave), double fretted, custom-built, natural cherry finish, hand carved keys, lined cover. The instrument is in Germany. € 7,000

 

 

Europe List/Organs

 


#3668 NETHERLANDS
Regal , C-c’’’, 8’, original reed pipes restored, 1680 - 1700, inscriptions on the pipes from Northern Germany. The reconstruction of this instrument with historical pipes was made by Hans Brink, Dutch organ builder, who made also the cimbel register of cypresswood. The electrical wind supply was made at Arend, organ builders in Leer, Germany. Cimbel 1/2 feet. €19.000.

 


#3547 NETHERLANDS
Continuo pipe organ / positive pipe organ 

A manual portable continuo/positive pipe organ in European oak case with 432 European oak pipes/ 7 + stops. Manual compass:  54 keys C-f"' (keys are hardwood naturals, ivory topped sharps). Transposing 415/440.  European oak case with removable decorative doors. Builder: Peter Hammingh, building year 2004. In the Netherlands.
Manual Specification
Bas (7 pistons)- Stopped 8'-/ Flute 4' -/ Octave 2' -/ Quint 1(1/3)  -/ Mixture 1’+octave 1/2’--2/3’  * -/ Cromhorne
Discant (7 pistons)- stopped 8' -/ Flute 4' - Octave 2' -/ Sesquialter  2(2/3) - 1(3/5) *-/ Mixture 1(1/3) + Octave 1’ *-/ Principal 4’-/ Cromhorne   (* pistons have three positions: one/two/whole)
Dimensions:  Case height: 102 cm or 40 inches;/ Case depth: 60 cm or 24 inches;
Case width: 120 cm or 47 inches; / Organ weight: about 140 kg or 310 lbs
A popular continuo organ, the organ is in perfect condition and in professional use .  It would be perfect for an ancillary chapel and is a splendid orchestral continuo instrument. It is a fine practice instrument for home, school, or studio. -  Previously built organs from Mr. Hammingh are placed in the Johannes church in Heerde The Netherlands, and in the Avila Dom Spain. 
Price: € 19.500.

 


#2898 NETHERLANDS
Chamber organ; pipes, windchest, bellows and keyboard probably by Knipscheer 1865. A pedal operates the feeder bellows (detail) . Keyboards: Ivory naturals, ebony sharps; range C - f''' - Holpijp 8’ bass/treble, Fluit 4’ bass/treble, Prestant 8’ treble, Viool 8’ treble, Octaaf 4’ treble, Fluit 1’ basso
€ 20.000,00

 


#3784 IRELAND
Two Manual & Pedal Practice Organ by Kenneth Jones 2014.

Suitable for home or teaching Institution, this is a small practice organ specifically designed to fit into a small music facility or room or studio. It takes up no more than the space of an upright piano, except for the detachable pedal. It has full pedal (radiating) of 30 notes up to F and two manuals (C-g"'). Each manual and the pedal has one 8 ft stop, so the organ has three 8 ft stops of different character. The lowest octave is shared among the three, yet they are mechanically independent. The top lid is adjustable to allow differentiation of volume and the front panel can be opened for tuning or if a louder sound is required. Adjustable stool. The stops are different in character and the lower manual offers a slightly more powerful intonation in the treble to allow 'solo' play. Playing a trio sonata you will hear the independent voices very well. The overall sound is pleasant, gentle and warm; this means it doesn't tire the ear nor the other inhabitants of the home. Case dimensions: Height 222 cm; Width (case) 166 cm (plus 35 cm for blower box on bottom right side); Depth 45 cm. Located in Wicklow, Ireland. € 25,500 Euros

 


# HCH (shown above)
Continuo Organ by Bennett & Giuttari-USA
This instrument is based on the box organs of the 17th century (Manderscheit, Nuremberg),  with all pipework in wood. Panels on the side (fretwork) and top of the instrument control the volume of sound. The sticker action/ palletbox lies directly beneath the keydesk, giving very precise control of pipe speech.  Opus 48, will be available at a cost of €32.750, delivered into Europe in July of 2015 immediately after the Boston Early Music Festival.
Specifications: - Three rank. C-d"' transposing keyboard, A- 392, 415, 440 (fully chromatic), 465 hz.   Dimensions: 38" x 36" x 25" .  Weight: 185 lbs. Case work of cherry, keyboard of dark stained fruitwood with maple sharps. Fretted side panels with hand painted door panels.  Included are: Music desk, stage dolly, four iron carrying handles, padded soft cover, and tuning tools.

 


#2851 HCH (Currently in our Massachusetts Gallery)
Positif organ by Hermann Greunke and John Brombaugh, 1970's; C - d''', 45 notes; split stops 8' Regal, 4' Rohrflote, 2' Prinzipal, 1 1/3' Quint. Hand winded. Graceful carved grill work and painted case decoration. Entire unit fits into its own storage / travel case. Can be delivered anywhere in Europe. $40,000 usd

 

 

Europe List/Miscellaneous


#2848 / #2849 HCH located in Boston, MA, USA Sold
Claviorganum, consisting of two instruments:
Single manual Flemish style harpsichord by Carl Fudge, 1973; 8', 8', 4' buff; GG/BB - d''' with one split sharp, 53 notes; wooden jacks; hand stops through cheek; lovely painted Flemish style strapwork exterior decoration with papered and painted interior; all decoration by Sheridan Germann. Can be used as a stand alone harpsichord. Detail of keyboards together.
Organ by Hill and Tyre, 1982; 51 notes C - d'''; 8' stopped, 4' principal, 2' principal, all wood pipework; dimensions 74" X 36" X 36" ; bone keyboard with bog oak sharps, hand carved arcades; hand and electric blower winding; elaborate trompe l'oeil strapwork on outer case. ~ $39,900 > $19,500 usd for both instruments - as is. Currently fully playing, but both instruments require refurbishing and tech work.