School of Arts, English and Languages


This two-manual harpsichord - built from a Zuckermann kit - is a fine copy of a mid-eighteenth-century French harpsichord modelled on the instruments built by Pascal Taskin, possibly the most famous of all 18th-century French makers.  The keyboard compass is five octaves (FF-f''') with transposing mechanism (i.e. by sliding the manual to shift semitone down from A=440 to A=415).

Students should consider using this instrument when accompanying the vocal / recorder pieces by Baroque composers. To rehearse with this instrument, it is essential to book the Harty Room through the secretaries. If you need it to be tuned, please give me at least 2 days of advance notice.