Zuckermann Harpsichords International

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The "Troubadour" Virginal Harpsichord

Professional harpsichordists have often inquired about a small harpsichord, something that could be handled by one person and easily transported to continuo and accompanying engagements. It would have to have a big sound, one that could cut through a small orchestra or ensemble; and it had to be stable, so that frequent tuning wasn't required. Such an instrument would not only serve the professional, but also those who are looking for a relatively small instrument for home use. So we designed the "Troubadour" virginal for the working musician as well as for those who want a small harpsichord with a big sound.


Contrary to current fashion, the "Troubadour" wasn't designed "after" any particular antique, although we did study a whole range of southern European virginals. The "Troubadour" is lightly built, but strong enough so that it doesn't require an outer case. The exterior is a simple, naturally finished maple enlivened by cherry case moldings (a painting kit is available if you wish to decorate your virginal with color).

The "Troubadour" virginal is now offered in various stages of completion and features precision-cut parts, all hardware, specialty tools and detailed instructions.

Specifications:

  • 1x8', 54 notes. C to f3, transposable to A 415 or 440
  • Extra key in the bass, allowing you to tune any note you want below the low C; or you can tune the bass to a GG/BB short octave.
  • Maple naturals with fruitwood sharps, sitka spruce soundboard.
  • Removable music desk, delrin jacks and antique style music wire.
  • The instrument is 22" at the widest point from front to back (keyboard-front to spine), 52" in length with a case height of 7.50".
  • The instrument weighs 48 lbs.

Pricing:

  • Stage 1: Flat parts, $3,400
  • Stage 2: Case assembled, $4,100
  • Stage 3: Case assembled and soundboard installed, $4,900
  • Stage 6: Instrument finished and ready to play, $7,600

Options

  • Screw in taper legs, add $340
  • Brass hinged lid and flap, add $870
  • Italian style parchment soundboard rose, add $210
  • Ruckers style rose, add $55
  • Wood jacks, add $490
  • Case painting kit, add $148
  • Stage 6 only: custom case/soundboard decoration, call!

Call for more information and to order!

  Updated
  27Jun2014

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