Instruments from the workshop of


KNIGHT VERNON
Harpsichord Maker
 Authentic replicas of historic instruments, carefully made, and elegantly decorated


Description and Prices of Instruments Available from my Shop

 

 

French Double Manual Harpsichord - (based on an instrument originally made by Pascal Taskin in l770)

Disposition:

Upper manual: 8'; Lower Manual: 8', 4', buff  on the 8'

Range: 

FF to f'''

Dimensions:

Length: 92" (2337 mm)  Width: 38" (965 mm)  Depth: 12" (305 mm)
With painted and gilded case, turned trestle stand and wooden jacks
$25,000

 

Franco-Flemish Double Manual Harpsichord - (based on an instrument originally made by Johannes Ruckers, c. 1625, and later rebuilt by Francois Etienne Blanchet in Paris, c. 1750)

Disposition:

Upper manual: 8'; Lower manual: 8', 4', buff on the 8'

Range:

FF to f'''

Dimensions:

Length: 91.5" (2324 mm)  Width: 37" (940 mm)  Depth: 11" (280 mm)
With painted and gilded case,  or painted and papered case, oak turned
Trestle stand and wooden jacks
$25,000

 

French Concert Single- (based on the 1770 Taskin in the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments)

This instrument has a full five octave range from FF to f'" and has the same registration as the double manual instrument. That is, 2 choirs at 8' or unison pitch, and one choir at 4' or octave pitch. Ideal for the performer who wants a full range instrument without the expense of a second manual.

Disposition:

2 choirs at 8' pitch - buff on one 8' ; one choir at 4' pitch

Range:

FF to f''' with a transposing keyboard

Dimensions:

Length: 87"  Width: 38"  Depth: 11"
With painted and gilded case, turned trestle stand and wooden jacks.
$18,500

 

French Single Manual Harpsichord - (based on the work of Pascal Taskin)

Disposition:

2 choirs at 8' pitch - buff on one 8' or 2 choirs at 8' pitch and one at 4' pitch 
With buff on one 8'

Range:

GG to e''', transposing keyboard

Dimensions:

Length: 84" (2134 mm)  Width: 37" (940 mm)  Depth: 11" (280 mm)
With painted and gilded case, turned trestle stand and wooden jacks
$15,300, with 2- 8' stops
$16,500. with 2- 8' stops and 1- 4' stop

 

Flemish Single Manual Harpsichord - (based on the work of Andreas Ruckers the Elder)

Disposition:

8', 4', buff on the 8'  or two 8' stops and a 4' stop

Range:

GG/BB to f''' (bass short octave)

Dimensions:

Length: 79" (2007 mm)  Width: 34" (864 mm) Depth: 10" (254 mm)
With painted and papered décor, transposing keyboard, oak turned trestle stand and wooden jacks

$15,300 with one 8' stop and one 4' stop 
$16,500 with two 8' stops and one 4' stop

 

Fortepiano -  (based on the work of Johann Andreas Stein)

Range:

FF to f’’’

Stringing:

Triple strung throughout the entire range

Sustaining:

operated by knee lever

Dimensions:

Length: 83.5" (2121 mm)  Width: 38" (965 mm) 
With veneered case in cherry or American black walnut and hand rubbed finish
$25,000

We also offer German single and double manual harpsichords based on the work of the Hass family on special order.

 

Options: (Prices on request)

  1. Flemish baluster turned stand with eleven turnings - 
  2. Louis XVI stand with turned and fluted legs, gold leaf moldings, and carvings set in the corners
  3. Louis XIV stand with cabriole legs, painted and gilded - 
  4. Keyboards with bone-covered naturals and ebony sharps for Flemish instruments -
  5. Soundboard decorated in XVII century Flemish or XVIII century French style as appropriate -  
  6. Basic kit of tools, strings and parts (included in the base price of the instrument)
  7. Music desk of oiled cherry (included in the base price of the instrument)

 

Terms:  A deposit of $100 establishes a priority number for construction. When work is begun, the balance of a 25% down payment is due. When the instrument is half completed (case finished and soundboard installed), a second payment of 25% is due. A third payment of 25% is due when construction is completed and decoration is about to begin. A final payment of 25% is due upon completion of the instrument, its acceptance by the customer, and before delivery.