carl@harpsi.com +44 (0)1304 36 25 10  Carl Rennoldson Early Keyboard Instruments: Harpsichord - Clavichord - Clavisimbalum
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Welcome to my website. Here you will find details of some of the instruments that I make. You will see that my special interest is the period of harpsichord building from the early 16th century to the end of the 17th century. All designs are based on museum drawings of original documented instruments with some minor adjustments to compass and a provision for transposition. Great care is taken to source and select appropriate materials as used in the original instrument and particular attention is given to constructional refinements ensuring an even touch and responsive action. I particularly like the Italian and early French instruments dating prior to c 1700, they have many similarities in their
construction. In Italian instruments especially, the craftsmanship & detailed casework is often more akin to wood sculpture. You will also see details of the German style clavichords that I make after Hubert and Bohak and also a small and rare fretted Iberian clavichord. The Clavisimbalum is a small late medieval instrument taken from the famous manuscript in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. Drawn by Henri Arnaut de Zwolle c. 1440. Arnaut's instrument provides a unique sound and has proved a success in early music ensemble playing in Europe.