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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Harpsichord maintenance…

If your instrument is not performing at its best, check our Maintenance page and the comprehensive information in our Technical Library.

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The Unfretted Clavichord after Gerlach

61 notes: FF–f''', A392, double strung with 4⁠´ in bass
Case in cherry
Frame & floating panel lid
Swiss pine soundboard
Four turned cherry legs, screwing into the bottom of the case
Keyboard with bone naturals, ebony accidentals
  & palisander arcades
Strung in Malcolm Rose Red & Yellow Brass & Soft Iron
Cast brass hinges
Padded cover & leg bag


After living happily for six months in Atlanta, this instrument returned to Australia in October due its owner falling on hard times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now offered for sale in pristine as-new condition.

$26800 including GST

Export price: AUD24364

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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 newest pages (July 4) are extra catalogs added to our Sotheby’s London auction section: 27 Mar 1990, 14 Jun 1990, & 14 Mar 1991, along with one to our Sotheby’s New York auction section: 29 Oct 1976.

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

More than one hundred of our movies can be found on our Flix page or on our hpschdNU YouTube channel, and documents can be freely downloaded from our Dox page.

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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
iPhone (0408) 239 267

Telephone +61 2 9534 2002
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.