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Michael Jeub

Burton Unfretted Clavichord

This kit that was sitting on the shelf of Mr. Sean Farley's shop for such a long time that it had to be built. It did not have a soundboard, so one was recycled out of a hopelessly lost Thomas Harper upright piano. The old soundboard was difficult to orient without running into the hole that was already made in it, thus it became a convenient rose hole.

Burton Clavichord The decorations, save the apple blossom, bird and a couple other motifs, came from Zuckermann's Flemish decoration kit. Pressing real flowers in a book and photocoping works too for making your own design templates, then one tries to bring it back to life with paint.
Burton Clavichord The inner structure was made stronger with a couple diagonal basswood pieces. This kind of strain relief is also used in Zuckerman clavichord kits, so I thought it might make this poor old Burton a better instrument in the long run. Carving the tops of the keys was also bettering the instrument. There were no templates or plans to go by, but the poorly written manual was better than nothing. The cherry keytops and walnut sharps came with the kit.

Owner: Michael Jeub
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