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Michael Monaco

A spinet in the English tradition built in 2002 by Peter Redstone. Owned by Michael Monaco, the harpsichordist at Colonial Williamsburg. It is Michael's personal instrument and is kept in his home.

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The instrument is not a copy of any one spinet, but rather an amalgam of four antique ones, two of which were Hitchcocks. The result is it is very unique design.

It has a compass of five octaves, GG - g' ' ', and is non-transposable. The casework, including the bottom is of pine (as were most English spinets). The soundboard is of Engelmann spruce, and it is strung in Voss iron wire with Malin brass in the bass. It is a little over six feet long. The case is veneered in walnut with satinwood stringing and the keywell is veneered in burl elm. The natural keys are ebony and the sharps are solid bone. The key levers are of pine with an English wire rack in back (as were most English spinets) and the wooden jacks have black Celcon plectra.

The cast brass hinges were copied from an anonymous spinet of c. 1715 which Redstone worked on in the mid 1980s and the bird-bill lidhook was copied from the Hitchcock spinet at Stratford Hall (which he worked on in the'80s).

Owner: Michael Monaco
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Builder: Peter Redstone
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