Frequently Asked Questions about ZHI Parts Sets
- Can I build my own instrument?
Only one thing, in our opinion, may give you more pleasure than playing a harpsichord, and that is building your own. Our kits contain precision cut parts, full-scale drawings and detailed construction manuals, now available on CD with many detailed pictures to guide you through the assembly process. The construction manuals written and revised, by Dr. Edward Kottick, assume that you have never attempted a project like this before. It tells you exactly what to do and why.
- What tools will I need?
All specialty tools are including with your parts set and you will only need a few simple household tools (screwdriver, drill, hammer and pliers) to complete your instrument. Many of the same components used here in the Stonington shop on our finished instruments are included in your parts set.
- Which instrument is right for me?
We work with our customers to help them select the instrument kit that best meets their needs, skill level and budget. The skills involved in assembling a harpsichord or clavichord are easily learned and we offer unparallel customer support by phone or Email.
We have a vested interest in your instrument. We must work with you the builder assuring a pleasurable construction process and a harpsichord or clavichord we both can be proud of.
We are always happy to take the time to discuss with you the finer aspects of the instrument you wish to build. Regardless of the instrument you choose ZHI kits are designed to be built successfully by motivated people and we have 50 years of success stories to prove they can do it!
- How long will it take to build my harpsichord or clavichord?
Construction time is difficult to estimate. Building your first instrument will require some time spent studying the manual and looking over the drawing. Actual working time will varying according to the stage of construction (our instruments can be built to whatever stage of completion you desire) but typically you should plan on 50 to 60 hours for the smallest instrument like the fretted clavichord and 250 hours and up for a larger instruments like the Flemish or French double.
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