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Flemish Double Manual Harpsichord by Dowd/refurbished by David J. Law

 

Specifications Transposing A415/A392   (was orignally A440/A415)
Range GG AA-d'   (no low G#) otherwise fully chromatic

2 x 8', 1x 4' and a buff stop.
Shove coupler. 4' operates easily from inside instrument.
Zither style pins with Delrin plectra.
Lavishly deocrated soundboard by Sheridan Germain.
Lid motto 'Musica laetitia comes medicina dolorum'.
Lid flap motto 'Gaudium cordis chordis cantare'.
Outer case green with gold arabesques painted.
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Includes: long and short prop sticks,
collapsible music desk which fits inside during moving,
padded moving cover,
lockable fall board (pictured),
stand which bolts to instrument securely,
tool for unbolting (stand disassembles into two end pieces and two long crossbeams), and a bag for the stand for use when moving.

Instrument made in 1975/6. Dowd #331
Alterations made by David J. Law include:
  change in stringing schedule (chart included) - now A415/392 (as A440/415);
  replacement wood jacks (they were plastic);
  change to registration operation- was external, now internal on left side.
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Current owner has had this instrument since 1996.
Guide price £20,000   
 
 
 
 
 
Video
Basic registrations demonstrated, showing

Upper 8' register alone
Lower 8' register alone [at :15]
  with the upper 8' again for comparison [ at: 45]

Then with shove coupler 2 x 8', contrasting with upper 8' [:51]

Then uncoupled: with lower 8 and 4' [ at 1:12]
Recoupled: 2 x 8 +4 [at 1:27 ]
  and contrasting with upper 8' [at 1:39 ]

Then with buff on lower 8, contrasting with lower 8 without buff stop [at 1:51]
French music
Section of d'Anglebert,unmeasured prelude and some improvisation

Lower 8'
Upper 8' [at : 26]
Coupled: 2 x 8' [ at :52]

Uncoupled, then with lower 8' + 4' [ at 1:24 ] (Notice the long reverbation after a final chord.)
Coupled 2x 8'again [at 2:08]

Buff stop on lower 8' (improv) [at 2: 35]
Bach music (C Minor Toccata)
2 x 8 played from lower manual (coupled)

2 x 8 + 4' [at :16]

4' off, uncoupled so
Upper 8' melody against lower 8' accompaniment [ :30]

  coupled: upper 8' accompaniment with lower 8' melody (louder due to 2 x 8') [ at :45]

uncoupled [ at 1: 00 ]
 lower 8' passagework
 same passagework on upper 8' [at 1: 08 ]
Audio
Bach, BWV 972/ III
featuring some dialgoue between 2 x 8 and 1 x 8' (upper)

This recording is of the best quality- tracks 2-4 (Purcell, gavotte, Benda) were made with less sophisticated equipment.

Purcell, Courante from Suite in G
 
 
Bach, Gavotte, French Suite in G

Benda, Sonatina no. 21 in F
 


To come see/play, please contact the owner on +44 (0) 1386 859648 or via email.