DOUBLE-MANUAL FRENCH HARPSICHORD
Tokai Gakki Co., Inc.
Hamamatsu, Japan (1981)
This harpsichord was made by the Tokai Gakki Company, commonly known as Tokai Guitars, who specialise in guitar manufacturing and occasionally produce keyboard instruments. This double manual harpsichord is a replica of a French Harpsichord. The instrument has many important characteristics, including an upper-manual coupler (meaning the strings can be engaged to sound the upper and lower registers together), a buff stop (where small leather pads sit against the strings to create a lute-like sound), and triple strung notes. Like most 18th century keyboard instruments, this harpsichord has a five-octave register.
The instrument has undergone several modifications, which means that it is not an exact historical replica of an 18th century instrument. The plectra and jacks inside the instrument have been made from plastic, instead of traditional bird’s quill.
This instrument entered the ANU Keyboard Institute in 2005.