Zuckermann Harpsichords International
	65 Cutler Street - Box 151
	Stonington CT 06378
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Technical Information

  • Italian VirginalA Few Words About Our Instruments. What distinguishes these instruments is the clarity and power of their speech, the solidity and power of their basses, the richness of their trebles. The sound is transparent, to reveal contrapuntal textures, yet focused so that the instrument can be heard when it is used with stringed instruments, or fill a concert hall with presence. [more]
  • Screwed-Up Harpsichords. Screws have been around for a long time. The Romans seem to have used them. Certainly they were used in Europe in the fifteenth century, to hold armor together, and by the sixteenth century in clocks. Wood screws seem to have been common articles by the mid-sixteenth century. [more]
  • Authenticity. A gentleman from Wales once visited the shop--the steady stream of visitors from all over the world keeps us from feeling out of things in this little New England fishing village. He asked the inevitable question: "What instruments have you copied yours from?" [more]
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Tuning a Harpsichord. Nothing is so discouraging to a person learning how to tune his harpsichord than to have it drift out of tune almost before he has finished. Stable tuning is a bit of an art, and there are tricks to the trade. [more]
  • A Little More on Pitch, and Transposition. There is no universally 'correct' pitch for music. If you are building an organ, you can get more pipes in less space, and greatly reduce the cost, if you make the pitch high. (If the organ pitch is too high for the singers, the organist could always transpose down a few notes.) The Tsar's brass band used to play at a high pitch, and when he made a gift to the Austrian emperor of a whole outfit of band instruments, the Austrian emperor's band, naturally enough, started to play at that high pitch. [more]
  • Transposing the Keyboard. When we ship the instruments, we like to fasten down at least the lower manual to the bottom of the case, but these screws must be taken out prior to transposing. There is a 'transposing block' tucked in to the right of the keyboards, which can be removed and placed on the left, after the keyboard has been pushed to the A 440 position to the right. [more]

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