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Harpsichord with pedalboard and possibly 3 manuals

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David Pinnegar:
Hi!

On ebay last week I saw what looked to be an interesting instrument. Bought by an Oxford student in the Summer from Exeter it was reputed to have been built by an organ builder. The sound is fine but there is a lot of work to do.

The row of holes along the bottom extending beyond those necessary for the pedals are rather interesting.

http://www.facebook.com/hammerwood.park/posts/10200775062879989





Does anyone recognise this instrument and know its history? Any volunteers to help restore it? Anyone fancy performing?

Best wishes

David P

David Pinnegar:
Hi!

I have just found underneath "Mr N Keen, Hull Road, York" so it might be a northern builder who made it . . .

Any information about the intention behind its history would be appreciated.

Many thanks

Best wishes

David P

David Pinnegar:
This instrument is a very fine sound but in my house without central heating the wood swelled and the jackrails seized. With the drier weather they have unseized . . . but it's clearly unsuitable for me.

So I am interested in selling it to someone who can look after it better and make better use of it.

Offers?

Best wishes

David P

David Pinnegar:
Hi!

A friend rang me this morning with particular information about the builder of this instrument who was indeed an organ builder with an interest in small organs. He most certainly knew what he was doing with this harpsichord as the sound is outstanding. Even without the pedalboard, as a two manual concert instrument it would be well worth the trouble in dealing with the details necessary to get it playing well.

I put the instrument on ebay a month ago . . . and realised that due to it needing some attention marketed it in an imaginative way . . . so I pulled out the loudest stop I could find

with the result that the page "went viral" on Facebook twice, having had 30,000 visitors over the month together with a fair share of hate mail - but serious interest from Italy with the problem of arranging transport.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201072318538?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 might bring a smile . . . or more hate mail :-)



Best wishes

David P

David Drinkell:
Brilliant!  It must have taken you ages to get the poses right.

Harpsichord looks nice too....

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