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Paula Woods

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Flemish Harpsichrd

The instrument is based on the 1637 AR, in the GNM, Nuremberg, which survives almost unaltered. The compass was increased from C/E-c3 to C-c3 chromatic, and the stringband was re-drawn in such a way as to preserve the scalings and plucking points of the original.

It is disposed 1 x 8', 1 x 4', with a buff to the 8' choir. The registers extend through the cheek as in the original, and the buff is operated from a lever on the wrestplank. The stand is turned from oak, after a seventeenth century design. The lid mottos are 'Simplex Signum Veri', (Simplicity is the mark of Truth) and 'Quod spiro et placeo si placeo tuum est',(If I inspire and give pleasure, it is because of you.) It is strung in Rose brass and iron wire, to play at A415, with the option to transpose up to A440 when required.

Flemish Harpsichord Keyboard

The keyboard is of lime, with ivory resin naturals and bog oak sharps. The arcades are made of box, and their design has also been used to decorate the ends of the registers. The keywell is decorated with traditional Flemish printed papers, and the edges gilded to match the rest of the harpsichord. The jacks are hand made from French pear wood, and have holly tongues and hog bristle springs. The instrument is voiced in black delrin.