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Italian Harpsichord

This single-keyboard harpsichord has two eight-foot stops which can be played separately or together, giving three volume levels and three tone-colours. The pitch can be changed from A415 to A440 in a few seconds by sliding the keyboard. A buff stop can be fitted.

An outline design is provided for a normal stand and for a stand similar to that of the drop-leaf spinet. (q.v.) This would mean that the instrument can be folded away after use into a very narrow space. Weighing only 16kg, the Italian is easily carried by two people and will fit into most hatch-back cars.

This instrument is designed to be painted, but at least one customer has veneered it.

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