John Morley single manual harpsichord walnut new

from Robert Morley & Company Ltd.

Overview

Price: £30,992.00

Date: 09-04-2019 10:53AM

Description

John Morley Single Manual Harpsichord Franco-Flemish in American Walnut on turned and fluted legs with traditional brass hinges, hooks & handstops, wooden jacks and delrin plectra. (P)
2 x 8' + harp/buff on main 8'
5 octave F to F
No.3165 NEW

Made in London, England

Dimensions
96.50cm wide 88.00cm high 197.50cm deep
(37.99 inches wide 34.65 inches high 77.76 inches deep)


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Did You Know Piano Facts

1709
The year 1709 is the one most sources give for the appearance of aninstrument which can truly be called a "Pianoforte." The writer Scipione Maffei wrote an article that year about the pianoforte created by Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1732), who had probably produced four "gravicembali col piano e forte" or harpsichords with soft and loud. This instrument featured the first real escapement mechanism and is often called a "hammer harpsichord." The small hammers were leather covered. It had bichords throughout, and all the dampers were wedge-shaped. By 1726 he seems to have fitteda stop for the action to make the hammers strike only one of twostrings. He had produced about twenty pianos by this time and thenhe is presumed to have gone back to making harpsichords,probably from the lack of interest in his pianos. Three of hispianos remain extant today: one with four octaves, dated 1720, is in NewYork; one with four and a half octaves, from 1726, is in Leipzig,Germany; and there is one in Rome from 1722. There are approximately ten plucked instruments surviving today with the name Cristofori on them.