Services available for:
  • single and double manual grands; 
  • virginals; 
  • spinets; 
  • traversos; 
  • uprights

Tuning - concert, recording session, and private, as well as tuning instruction.

Voicing and action regulation - should be consistent and predictable from note to note,
and completely reliable and consistent whether playing rapidly or slowly, no matter how many sets of strings are being played.  We provide periodic touch-up service to adjust for age, wear, and major humidity changes.  We also do complete requilling and voicing (where plectra are getting brittle from age, or where less-than-ideal original voicing may not leave enough material to revoice to a satisfactory state).  We also provide new registers, jacks and keyboards where these may help improve reliability, lightness, responsiveness, or comfort of playing.  A well voiced and regulated instrument allows you to play the music instead of working at playing the harpsichord.

Repairs and rebuilding - from correcting minor mishaps  and wear to complete
structural reframing, and providing replacement soundboards, actions and keyboards.

Updating and improving older instruments where needed

    restringing - can be undertaken for two major reasons:

a.  With age and use strings gradually get more brittle and more likely to break while gradually  getting brighter and harsher as they lose their fullness of tone.  (This happens more quickly with brass strings.)  Since this effect happens gradually, the sound of a restringing can be a very pleasant surprise.
b.  Recent research has led to the availability of wire more like the sweeter sounding wire used historically, and to a better understanding where the different sizes were placed.  Both of these factors can significantly improve a harpsichordís tone, touch and tuning stability.

new jacks and registers - for lighter, quicker, quieter, more reliable response
new plectra material - to improve sound, feel and playing life
new keyboards - to replace heavy, bushed, damaged or uncomfortably sized keyboards 

Transposing conversion - a harpsichord which has been built to play at a single pitch 
(usually modern a=440) can often be made transposable where there is a need for playing at a higher or lower pitch than that for which the instrument was designed.  Many harpsichords have also been built modeled after antiques but made to play at modern pitch, which can put up to 20% extra tension on the case, soundboard and anchoring pins often causing structural problems and wavy soundboards.  Making these instruments  transposable relieves the excess, life-shortening tension and almost always improves their tone.

Instruction - in tuning, regulating and maintaining your harpsichord

Appraisals, inspections, and consultations - to assess possible work needed and to 
determine value for resale or insurance purposes

Assistance for kit builders - with construction problems, possible improvements, final 
voicing, or overall completion