Italian polygonal spinet after Dominicus Pisaurensis, Venice 1540

(Germanisches Nationalmuseum – Sammlung historischer Musikinstrumente / Norimberk)

range C/E – f3, tuning 415 Hz, 50 notes, stops 1×8′, dimensions 155x50x16 cm, body maple, bottom board spruce, sounding board Valle di Fiemme spruce, keyboard 50 notes – boxwood naturals, ebony-topped walnut sharps, parchment rosette, wooden jacks with delrin plectra, red & yellow brass and soft iron wire strings

natural wood finish, rich with profiled moldings, varnished, waxed, parchment carving and mother-of-pearl marquetery

tuning key, rigid carrying case, coloured wooden case, Italian-type folding stand with turned legs – (natural, varnished, waxed), Italian-type stand with ornamental fretwork (natural, varnished, waxed), fabric carrying case for the instrument, fabric carrying case for the stand

This type of instrument is suitable for music ranging from the Renaissance to early Baroque, and not only for use in chamber ensembles but also for solo performance. In spite of its fairly small dimensions it has a strong and resonant sound that carries well in basso continuo and in a small orchestra.