instruments are constructed of solid wood, having lightly built cases, which are
framed according to the best of traditional techniques. These techniques are
supplemented by the judicious use of hardwoods at points of greatest stress. An
example is the use of hardwood gap spacers between the upper belly rail and the
wrest plank. There are six of these, which become closer together in the treble
where the strings are closer together and tension is concentrated. These gap
spacers are let into the members they go between.
which are made of hard maple, are veneered with quartered Sitka spruce on both
top and bottom to equalize and reduce moisture absorption. The wrest planks are
let into the case so that the tension of the strings is distributed uniformly
throughout the entire instrument.
selected Sitka spruce of close grain is used for soundboards in our
harpsichords. Musical instrument wood of top quality requires quarter sawing to
produce the best tone. Soundboards for our instruments are made from perfectly
quarter-sawn wood in which the growth rings are vertical with the surface of the
wood. This results in soundboards, which are ideal in both structural and tonal
these quarter sawn planks to produce a soundboard of correct size, the
soundboard is cut to shape, carefully thicknessed, and gradually tapered by hand
planing from the bridges to the edges of the case, thus increasing the resonance
capacity of the board.
techniques correspond with those used on the prototypes; spruce being used for
ribs and cut-off bars. Ribs and cut-off bars are glued into notches cut into the
liner to prevent cracks from forming in the ribbed area of the soundboard. The
bridges and nuts are hand carved of beech, cherry or walnut and are tapered in
both height and width.
is treated in such a way as to form a crown under the 8' bridge. This crowning
technique prevents the down-bearing of the strings from forcing the bridge into
a trench. It also eliminates the problem of having the 4' bridge vibrating
against the 8' strings.
This kind of
construction results in an instrument, which not only obtains maximum tuning
stability but also has an extremely alive sound in which the entire instrument
is free to vibrate. The resulting tone is bright, full-bodied and evenly
resonant throughout the entire range.