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Clavichord

Es: Clavicordio, De:  Bundklavier, Klavichord, Clavichord, Fr: Monacorde, Clavicorde, Ca: Clavicordi, Da: Klavichord, Gl: Clavicordio, It: Clavicordo, Nl: Clavichord, No: Klavikord, Pl: Klawikord, Fi: Klavikordi, Sv: Klavikord
     
  Finished & kit RWC Double Fretted Clavichord  
  Finished & kit RWC Double Fretted Clavichord  
 

 

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RWC Clavichord

  Finished & kit RWC Double Fretted Clavichord  
  Finished & kit RWC Double Fretted Clavichord  

We manufacture one double fretted and one triple fretted clavichords.

The RWC double fretted clavichord closely follows an anonymous instrument dated C1740 in the Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, Netherlands. Compact and portable it has a compass of C - e''' being enough for J.S.Bach's keyboard music and much else. It is also double fretted, which interferes little with playing as no more than two adjacent notes share the same strings. A double fretted instrument requires fewer strings for the same number of notes making tuning easier and reducing downward pressure on the bridge. Combined with the light, positive keyboard action the result is an instrument which produces a clear tone capable of a wide dynamic range. Solid brass tangents act on brass strings (bottom octave copper wound on brass) and the instrument can be tuned to either a=415 or a=440.

Disposition: 4 1/2 octave C - e'''. Size: 115cm long, 36cm wide, 11cm deep. Weight: 12kg.

The finished clavichord includes the panelled lid and straight stand.

A finished clavichord with a soundboard painting can be arranged for an extra cost.

A cassette recording of music by Bach, Haydn, Howells and Bartok played on this clavichord by John Cramer is available.

The RWC triple fretted clavichord is based on an illustration in Praetorius' Syntagma Musicum, 1618. The instrument although compact is still very resonant due in no small part to its system of triple fretting. We have chosen to use oak for the main construction of the casework with traditional iron wire hinges, hasps and fastenings. A Swiss pine soundboard and hand carved lime keys with solid brass tangents acting on brass stringing give the finished clavichord its considerable dynamic range.

Disposition: 4 octave C/E - c''' (short bottom octave). Size: 105cm long, 36cm wide, 11cm deep. Weight: 6kg

Each instrument is entirely hand built by 'in-house' experienced craftsmen to special order in our own workshops in Toledo (Spain) to the highest standard of craftsmanship. They come with 12 months warranty and 12 months free access to our 'helpline' for advice on setting up, playing and maintenance.

A simple hard carrying case is available as optional extra for safe transportation if required.

 

 

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Clavichord Kit

  Finished & kit RWC Triple Fretted Clavichord  
  Finished & kit RWC Triple Fretted Clavichord  

The same instruments are offered in kit form for home assembly.

In addition, you will find a lid a stand and a  soundboard painting set specially designed for it.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use and 12 months free access to our 'helpline' for advice on construction, setting up, playing and maintenance.

To ensure success, even for the first time builder, each kit includes:
A fully dimensioned life-size drawing and working template,
A manual with clear and concise step-by-step full assembly instructions.
A set of photographs illustrating further each stage.

The Double Fretted Clavichord is the easiest of all our keyboard kits to build. Only traditional materials are used for this remarkable kit. All parts have been accurately machined from selected timbers ready for final assembly. Mahogany for the casework, Colombian pine for the baseboard, Swiss pine for the soundboard, beech for the framework and planked lime for the keyboard. Brass strings are used throughout with a wound copper bottom octave, all struck by solid brass tangents. Tuning the instrument to a=440 and setting the 1/6 comma temperament (one of the most suitable for the music of Bach) are described in a most complete instruction manual written by the late John Barnes.

Designed as a table top instrument the lid, carrying case and stand can be added later. If everything is ordered together there can be a significant saving in shipping costs.

The Panelled Lid kit is an optional extra where the parts are machined completely from solid timber with the panels themselves constructed in the traditional way to allow for the natural expansion and contraction of timber.

The Straight Stand kit is made from timber to match the clavichord. Machined to a high standard the stand is simple to assemble whilst its innovative design allows it to be flat-packed for ease of transportation.

The Soundboard Painting set has been specially designed for this instrument.


The Triple Fretted Clavichord kit is intended for regular kit builders. The part preparation has been kept to a minimum with all the timber cut to width and thickness only. The constructional information taken from a 1:1 scale drawing rather than an instruction manual and it is assumed that the builder has a good selection of hand tools, access to a small bandsaw and a degree of skill in the reading of the recommended bibliography. All the necessary hardware, stringing, tangents, balance pins, etc is provided. A series photographs showing close up details of a finished instrument completes the kit.

A simple hard carrying case is available as optional extras for safe transportation and there can be a considerable saving in shipping costs if the case is ordered with the kit as everything can be packed into the case and sent in only one crate.

 

 

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Clavichord Technical Plan

  Finished & kit RWC Double Fretted Clavichord  
  Finished & kit RWC Double Fretted Clavichord  

You can make the same Clavichord from scratch, following detailed step-by-step instructions through the construction process in a clear and concise manner.

A fully dimensioned life-size drawing with templates and a set of photographs illustrate each stage.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use and 12 months free access to our 'helpline' for advice on construction, setting up, playing and maintenance.

This icon indicates that you can choose between the hard copy of the documents sent by postal mail, or the downloadable electronic files, in pdf format to your computer. In order to view and print the pdf files, you need the free 'Acrobat Reader' program installed in your computer. Life-size drawings require large printers. Electronic documents have a reduced price, don't have shipping costs, but are non-refundable.

 

 

 

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  Finished & kit RWC Double Fretted Clavichord  
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Clavichord Availability and delivery time

Not all of the items listed on our site are available immediately. Products without a reference nor a price are rarely available for quick dispatch. If you are interested in them, please contact us.

We publish standard availability, which means that this product usually ships in that time since it has been ordered. But at the specific time of your order, that interval can be longer or smaller depending on many production factors.  In addition, you still will have to wait for your product to arrive (delivery time). [More info about availability & delivery dates]

  Finished Instrument   Three months  
  Kit   Three weeks  
  Drawing   Three days  
 

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  Clavichord - Double fretted
  Finished Instrument                
    Clavichord - Double fretted   FCL   Finished   3 062.09  RWC  
    Clavichord - Double fretted - Painted soundboard   FCLSP   Finished   302.94  RWC  
  Kit + drawing + instructions + license                
    Clavichord - Double fretted   KCL   Kit   980.38  RWC  
    Clavichord - Double fretted - Straight stand   KCLS   Kit   134.43  RWC  
    Clavichord - Double fretted - Panelled lid   KCLL   Kit   141.23  RWC  
    Clavichord - Double fretted - Soundboard painting set   KCLSP   Kit   59.53  RWC  
  Drawing + instructions + license                
    Clavichord - Double fretted   PCL   Plan   93.57  RWC  
  Accessories and Spares                
    Light Hard Case for Double fretted Clavichord   HCCL   Finished      RWC [2]  
    Stringing set (plain + wound)   SCL   Set   213.83  RWC [2]  
    Stringing set (only plain strings)       Set   64.15  RWC [2]  
    Stringing set (only wound strings)       Set   192.46  RWC [2]  
                   
  Clavichord - Triple fretted - Praetorius model
  Finished Instrument                
    Clavichord - Triple fretted - Praetorius model   FCLP   Finished   3 119.96  RWC  
  Kit + drawing + instructions + license                
    Clavichord - Triple fretted - Praetorius model   KCLP   Kit   748.89  RWC  
  Drawing + instructions + license                
    Clavichord - Triple fretted - Praetorius model   PCLP   Plan   93.57  RWC  
  Accessories and Spares                
    Light Hard Case for Triple fretted Clavichord   HCCLP   Finished      RWC [2]  
    Stringing set  (plain + wound)   SCLP   Set   187.11  RWC [2]  
                   

[2] External Prices

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All published prices are exclusive of VAT and shipping costs. They are shown in RWC.
The following exchange rates are valid on April 12th, 2019. See other conditions

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1 RWC= 1.501
GBP
1.648
EUR
1.962
USD
219.5
JPY
2.616
CAD
2.741
AUD
1.964
CHF
126.2
RUB
13.16
CNY
27.40
ZAR
38.86
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