THE PARIS WORKSHOP
Early Keyboard Instruments for professional and amateur builders
Instruments à clavier de facture historique pour facteurs professionnels et amateurs
Our Spinet was inspired by an original instrument dated 1770, built by Albertus Delin (1712–1771) in Tournai and now preserved in the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum. We have slightly modified the original specification to provide a 56-note keyboard which allows transposition to A440 without the loss of the top note.
This model was originally intended to be only available as a finished instrument, but as we proceeded with the development of the prototypes, we found it ideal as a kit for many reasons. The ease of construction and the low price assist the first-time builder, and for a player beginning to explore the fascinating world of early keyboards, here is an instrument with good tone, pleasant touch, and a keyboard compass sufficient for perhaps 90% of the repertoire.
|Range||56+1 notes: GG–d''', transposable A415/A440 without the loss of d'''|
|Disposition||1x8´, no buff|
|Wood||Case in poplar or similar, Swiss pine soundboard|
|Keyboard||Simple keyboard with maple naturals and fruitwood accidentals|
|Action||Traditional wooden jacks|
|Stand||Three tapered square legs screw into case bottom|
|Dimensions||Length 165cm • Width 60cm • Depth of case 19cm|
|Instructions||Manual in English, French or German with sketches
full size paper drawing
|Level of difficulty||Suitable for beginners|
|Options||Reverse keyboard with arcades $1110
Flap to cover the keyboard
Case top mouldings
Turned legs (3)
|Price||Standard version 1, flat parts ready for assembly $6500|
|Australian dollar GST-inclusive prices ex
Peakhurst effective May 1 2018.
GST-exempt prices available for export.
Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.
|From our series of Delin construction sketches:
Cutaway view of completed keyboard
Sample page from the Delin School Spinet Construction Manual describing this process
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