French double-manual harpsichord after Pascal Taskin , Paris 1769

(Original - St Cecilia's Hall Museum of Instruments - Raymond Russell Collection / Edinburgh)

range FF – f3, transposing 415/440 Hz, 61+1 notes, stops 2×8’, 1×4’, lute, dimensions 235x94x30 cm, body limewood, bottom board spruce, sounding board Valle di Fiemme spruce, double-manual keyboard 61 notes – ebony-topped naturals, bone-topped ebony sharps, gilt metal rosette, wooden jacks with delrin plectra, red & yellow brass and soft iron wire strings

24kt. gilt bands and mouldings, painted floral ring on sounding board, finish (coloured, varnished), instrument coated with 24kt. burnished gold, fully decorated sounding board: painted flowers, body decorated in several colours with lines or ornaments

simple folding stand, tuning key, Louis XVI-style framed stand with six legs, gilt; or Louis XV-style stand, matt or polished gilding, fabric carrying case for the instrument, fabric carrying case for the stand

This popular French model is suitable for all kinds of music within the tonal range of a keyboard of the French High and Late Baroque periods, as well as for rococco music (e.g.Rameau, Couperin, Balbastre), and even early Classicist works. The instrument has a full, strong and resonant sound suitable for larger halls and solo use, as well as for chamber ensembles in the appropriate category. The sound is strong enough for a large baroque orchestra and it can be voiced for different purposes.