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Clavichords

Deckert copy made in the Stanhope workshop nearly 200 years later. This is being used to experiment with Iron stringing instead of brass. 2 fretted clavichords, 4 ½ octave B to eee in the style of the mid 18th C. Made in the Stanhope workshop in the 1990s. Small resonant instruments with sufficient compass for works such as the `48`. Instruments made at  Stanhope have soundboard decoration by artist Mandy Smith incorporating Cock Finches as a mark of friendship with old Finchcocks Collection. " Bullfinch" and Goldfinch are featured on these two. The larger replica Deckert displays a family of Hawfinches - Britain`s largest finch. 2 1970s unfretted Zuckermann clavichords. Their compass from A to fff , useful for the music of CPE Bach, Haydn. Deckert 5 ½ octave FF to cccc unfretted clavichord made c.1800 in Gross-Breitenbach bei Arnstadt, Saxony. Restored by Jean Maurer and strung in brass. A virtually identical instrument exists in the Oxford University Bate Collection. Both are featured in Paul Simmonds' essay "Carl Engel and the Clavichord" published in the Galpin Society Journal, April 2004 LXI, copies of which are now available in French and German. 1951 unfretted clavichord by Sir Michael Cary. Typical of the instruments of its time exemplified by Tom Goff. It has a convex soundboard and double curvature bridge. The red instrument is 56 note AA to eee . Both instruments have suffered sunken soundboards which have been repaired, and function normally. Two unfretted clavichords by Michael Thomas. The first, believed the earlier instrument, painted pale green, has a 54 note compass C to fff.