Zuckermann Harpsichords International

Harpsichords, clavichords, spinets and virginals ... closely based on the best extant antiques from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Italian Virginal

With the jacks rising though the soundboard, and with but one set of strings, the virginal is the simplest of harpsichords. It is uncomplicated in appearance, but its diverse plucking points give it a wondrously varied sound.

The Italian Virginal

The player experiences a unique sonic glow that cannot be matched by even the grandest of wing-shaped harpsichords.The Italian Virginal - DetailFor hundreds of years the crisp, incisive sound of the oblong or pentagonal virginal practically defined the home instrument.

Our Italian virginal replicates the conceit of an unpainted "inner" instrument set into a painted outer case. It can be decorated in a variety of styles.

The finely cut moldings give it its architectural appearance and a defined the Italian look. The boxwood naturals and fruitwood sharps are also traditional.

With a chromatic four-and-a-half-octave compass of GG-d3 there are enough notes to play nearly everything in the great literature of the harpsichord. Designed to be pitched at A = 440 HZ, it can be tuned down to 415 if need be.

The Italian Virginal

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