Truly one of the most
magical musical instruments…

ONE of the crowning glories of any civilization must surely be the creation of its music and the instruments on which it can be realized.

Those of us who love the harpsichord and recognize its place at the pinnacle of Western musical achievement should occasionally be humbled: Let’s remember that we’re elevating something with only six short centuries of history, originating from only a tiny area of the world’s total surface.

The harpsichord then is really only a small—but brilliant—reflection of the enormous diversity of mankind.

IT’S not through some arcane or esoteric interest, though, that the harpsichord has undergone its resurgence in recent times. The harpsichord as a musical instrument is indeed alive today, crossing boundaries inspired by historically informed performance to appear on genre-diverse CDs, recent films and even a breakdance collaboration with the Red Bull Flying Bach tour.

Although computers still only remain a poor substitute for visceral human experience, I invite you to share some of our enthusiasm for this most wonderful European instrument of past centuries by becoming a regular visitor to these pages.

And no matter where you live or work, I especially look forward to you being able to savor our instruments and services in person, putting them to the ultimate test soon.

Carey Beebe

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The Small Italian Harpsichord

2 x 8⁠´, no buff
Both registers movable
One 49-note keyboard with broken short octave CC,DD,EE–d''' A440
Boxwood naturals, cherry accidentals
Newly strung in Malcolm Rose yellow brass wire
Injection-moulded jacks with Delrin plectra
Alaskan yellow cedar case, Sitka spruce soundboard
Gothic-style soundboard rose by Janine Poletti
Hand-rubbed varnish finish
Turned beech stand
New padded cover with hard top


A light and easily transportable harpsichord suitable for continuo.

$14000 including GST
Export price AUD12727 plus crating

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Mercier-Ythier, Claude:
Les Clavecins

An elegant, heavyweight (4.2kg) two-volume cased set: Volume I (400pp) deals with History; Volume II Structure and Technique (144pp).

Detailed French text profusely illustrated. Published by Gilbert-Clarey Imprimeurs 2011, ISBN 978 2 87788 007 7.


Australia: AUD280 plus AUD50 p&p.

Overseas: AUD400 including Express Post

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Finding the Harpsichord information on our site…

This is a large site: If you’re a first-time visitor, for a summary with direct links to almost all the information on our site, you might like to begin with our Site overview or use our Search page.

The latest page (April 17) is discussing the Handel Great Suites recording on the original 1773 Kirckman.

Regular surfers may enjoy a quick look at the Latest additions.

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Sole Australasian Agent for THE PARIS WORKSHOP

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Factory 35/17 Lorraine Street, Peakhurst NSW 2210

Telephone (02) 9534 2002  Facsimile (02) 9534 2531
iPhone (0408) 239 267

Telephone +61 2 9534 2002  Facsimile +61 2 9534 2531
iPhone +61 408 239 267

Personal callers are welcome to our workshop by appointment.

Questions? Please address all your early keyboard instrument enquiries to Carey Beebe.

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Harpsichord maintenance…

If your instrument is not performing at its best, check our Maintenance page.