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The Clavichord
Christian Gottlob Hubert After Christian Gottlob Hubert 1784, Russell Collection, Edinburgh. From the eighteen instruments by this maker that have survived the clavichord at Edinburgh is the most compact in size being only 1280mm long. Like the original it has good volume and a responsive action. A compact and sonorous clavichord. Specification: Compass: C f ‘’’. Fretted from f '- e"' with all a’s & d’s free. Overwound strings in the bass. Dimensions: Approximate excluding lid & base mouldings: Length: 1280mm, Width: 350mm, Height: 115mm. Weight: Approx. 35 Kg.
Clavichords from Spain and Portugal are quite rare, numbering under 30 in total. This instrument is one of three that are so similar in size and detail it is thought they may have come from the same workshop. It is a fretted clavichord and unlike other traditions it is the b’s and e’s that are left unfretted. Twined strings are used in the bass.
Iberian Clavichord Anon. After 18 th century Anon. c .1750-75
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Johan Bohak After Johann Bohak, Vienna 1794. Royal College of Music, London. RCM 177. Only one clavichord is known by this maker however two square pianos by him are extant. The instrument, said to have once been the property of Joseph Haydn, is unusual in that although having a full five octave compass has an overall length of only 1458mm. This is about 300mm shorter than an average five octave instrument. The case is fine but robustly made and has the unique feature of an original laminated soundboard made from two thin layers of veneer.
Specification: Compass: FF f ‘’’ unfretted. Overwound strings in the bass. Dimensions: Approximate excluding lid & base mouldings: Length: 1458mm, Width: 475mm, Depth: 165mm. Weight: Approx. 43Kg.
Specification: Compass: C – e’’’ Twined strings from C - e b Dimensions: Approximate excluding lid & base mouldings Length: 1130mm, Width: 344mm, Depth: 110mm