Radio programme about digital copy of harpsichord

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Radio programme about digital copy of harpsichord

Post by Grenache » 16 Sep 2008, 12:43

I don't know if you managed to hear "Click On" on Radio 4 yesterday, it had a fascinating item about making a digital copy of an antique harpsichord.

The news item is here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7617177.stm

and it will be on Listen Again till Monday 22nd Sept. The item starts about 13 minutes into the programme.

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Post by markymark » 16 Sep 2008, 21:59

I've heard it all now! Who would want a digital harpsichord? :shock:

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Post by Grenache » 17 Sep 2008, 07:27

Well I'd like a real one. I nearly bought one years ago but can't afford it now nor do I have the space. But I would settle for a digital one with the right sound.

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Post by markymark » 17 Sep 2008, 18:59

It has taken them so long to refine the digital piano. I shudder to think how long it will take them to get a quality digital harpsichord. Then again, the buying public interested in an authentically sounding digital harpsichord must be rather small too!

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Post by joseph » 01 Oct 2008, 20:50

This copy has been years in the making. I read about it in the local rag about 5 or 6 years ago. I'm originally from Arbroath and I had no idea that there was a 17th Century harpsichord in that house! There is also a Broadwood Repetition Grand, apparently similar to one that Chopin used in England. I'd LOVE to say it was THE one but I doubt it!

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Post by markymark » 05 Oct 2008, 15:03

Well I suppose that digital pianos and synthesisors have been toying with harpsichord sounds for a while also, however unconvincingly. Do you know how long they have been in the making?

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