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Italian Harpsichord

Owen Daly constructed this instrument after one by the Sicilian builder Grimaldi, 1690, with the outer case painted by cellist Lori Presthus. Such instruments were used for both solo and ensemble playing, and to accommodate both period instrument and modern performing styles today this harpsichord can be transposed to either low pitch (A=415) or modern pitch. Its four-and-three-quarter octaves are tuned in Werckmeister II temperament, one of the many “well-temperaments” used in the Baroque period. This harpsichord is ideal for Frescobaldi, Scarlatti and Bach.

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Italian Harpsichord image

Italian Harpsichord image

Italian Harpsichord image

Italian Harpsichord image

Italian Harpsichord image

Italian Harpsichord image

Italian Harpsichord image