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4552 HCH

Dulcken by Hubbard & Broekman 1982


4552 HCH

This 18th century double manual harpsichord after J. D. Dulcken has a range of five octaves, FF-f''', 61 notes; transposing. It is disposed with upper manual 1 x 8' (dogleg), lute, lower manual 1 x 8', 1 x 4', buff stop(to either 8’) handstops and shove coupler (upper manual)  Spine 103” x 39”  with 6 1/2” octave.  Wooden jacks with delrin plectra. The instrument sits on a turned leg baluster stand.  Matching oak bench and 18th Cent style music desk. 

Mahogany case with walnut key well and jack rail.  Full soundboard painting by Carol Bolsey. Opus 241 was used for the Igor Kipnis recordings for the Hubbard demonstration CD and is signed by Kipnis.




From the Hubbard site:

"The influence of the Ruckers was felt long into the 18th century, not only in France and England, but in the Netherlands as well. One of the most fascinating bodies of instruments left to us from this time comes from the hands of Johann Daniel Dulcken. Dulcken took the basic Ruckers design, which had not been produced in many decades, and enlarged it out of all proportion to the product of any other contemporary maker. The effect of this novel design decision was to make an instrument that did not display the same differences of tone from bass to treble that one finds in other 18th century doubles. Rather, these immense instruments (they are eight and one half feet long) have a crystalline sound that, paradoxically, combines the clarity of the best Italian harpsichords and the sustained tone of a Ruckers. They excel at contrapuntal playing although we have heard them used to admirable effect in late 18th century French music as well. The disposition is oriented more toward the organist and is thus more flexible than any other type of instrument produced at the time."