Zuckermann Harpsichords International

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

Flemish Single-Manual Harpsichord Kit

Our Flemish Single Harpsichord kit has been one the most popular instrument kits in the world for over 20 years. Its many advantages include ease of construction, versatility, stability of tuning and glorious sound. The transposing keyboard permits performance with either baroque or modern instruments.

We can deliver parts allowing construction of the traditional Flemish disposition of 1x8', 1x4' or the more useful arrangement with two unison registers (2 x 8í). This disposition duplicates that of later builders who enlarged existing instruments to make them correspond to the demands of the 18th century.

All parts and joints are accurately made. A few pieces may require simple trimming to size. A variety of decorative options are available.

Assembled and Decorated Flemish Single-Manual Harpsichord Some kit components
Flemish case rim assembly


Disposition 2x8', buff, (on special request, 1x8', 1x4', buff); Flemish registers (through the cheek)
Range 56+1 notes: GG-d3, transposable A415/A440 without loss of top d3
Dimensions length 82.28"; width 33.66"; depth of case 10.24"
Weight about 120 lbs
Action reverse keyboard with ebony naturals, bone-slipped sharps and pearwood arcades; brown delrin jacks
Wood case in lime or basswood; oak wrestplank; bottom and lid in solid wood; spruce soundboard
Assembly braces tongue and grooved or dovetailed
Stand turned in oak, dismountable
Music Desk in oak, angle adjustable
Instructions manual in English with photographs;full-size mylar drawing (Stage 2; paper for Stage 3 or 4)
Level of difficulty Beginners
  • Stage 2, case assembled
  • Stage 3, soundboard installed
  • Stage 4, woodwork complete, 2x8', reverse keyboard
  • Stage 4, woodwork complete, 1x8', 1x4', reverse keyboard
  • Stage 5, playing, undecorated
  • Traditional bone keyboards (all stages)
  • Wooden jacks
  • Swiss pine soundboard
  • ZHI soundboard rose (stages 3 & 4)

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