What a real harpsichord sounds like





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Uploaded on Dec 16, 2009

Here Michael Gamble celebrates the final regulation of this wonderful harpsichord made by Clayson and Garret in 1970 for a major English public school. He's playing that wonderful song "The Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square". Although the automatic volume control of the camera recording probably cannot enable the YouTube video to make it audible, here we are going through many of the tonal variations of which this instrument is capable with 5 rows of jacks controlled by 6 pedals.

The pedals are from left to right:
Lower manual:
Peau de Boeuf 8ft
Quills 8ft
(Used together the quills and the peau de boeuf increase the volume fabulously)

Coupler to Upper Manual
Nazard 8ft
Buff - Lute stop

The construction of this instrument in 1970 was one of the first to use an authentic "guitar" type body construction rather than the piano type constructions of modern instruments. However, the piano construction is more suitable to modern central heating akin to an oven.

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