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Single-manual harpsichord.

Technical description: Single manual Italian harpsichord. Inner-outer case construction. Compass 51notes: C₂ - D₆ [C - d''']. Two registers: 2 × 8-ft. Distal register fixed, proximal register movable using block on register itself. Repair History: An X-ray analysis of the balance rail shows that the original compass was C₂/E/2 - F₆ [C/E - f'''] with split accidentals, 49notes. The instrument went through an intermediate state between this original state and its present state. Flap cut in side of case suggests there was at some point a stop mechanism protruding from the treble side. Inside lid painting thought to be modern. Restored by Leslie Ward in 1948; later work by John Barnes.

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    Circa 1620
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    University of Edinburgh
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs classification:314.122-6-8
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  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:314.122-6-8
  • Repository:University of Edinburgh
  • Measurements:1872