An instrument that is well-voiced and regulated should become almost
unnoticed by the player. It should be consistent and predictable
from note to note, dependable no matter how fast or slowly it is played,
and respond differently to a variety of touches. A player should
need to only be aware of their musical intentions and the instrument’s
sound. Anything that needs attention in between just gets in the
way of making music. Many of my customers have had the pleasant experience
of finding they are able to play better after I have had an opportunity
to optimize their instrument’s action. After completing one such
project, a professional player leaped up from testing his instrument, hugged
me, and proclaimed that what he had previously thought had been the limits
of his playing ability had actually been his instrument’s limitations getting
in his way.
The past decade has seen significant improvements in understanding how
to reproduce the sounds of the antique instruments, leaving many older,
modern instruments less useful and less satisfying in comparison.
We have had much success with rebuilding, restoring, converting, and updating
these older harpsichords, clavichords and fortepianos. This approach
can be a relatively inexpensive way to acquire a “new” instrument.
Our services range from regulation, voicing, tuning and repair work
on most makes of harpsichords, clavichords and fortepianos, to major rebuilding,
new soundboards, keyboards and actions. Please see the specific services
more fully described in the sections on Harpsichord, Clavichord, and Fortepiano.
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