Borys Medicky
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Instruments offered

I presently make Italian harpsichords, due to my admiration for their tonal qualities and design principles.  These instruments are not always appreciated by others as much as I think they should be.  Their bright sound projects well, they stay in tune more readily than other harpsichord designs, they are reasonably easy to move and set up, and they possess an understated yet elegant appearance.

My instruments are inspired by historical designs without being literal copies of every single detail.  I sometimes use locally available wood (just as the old makers did), instead of the original materials.

Animal glues are used for the majority of the building process, and especially for the joining of soundboard staves, the fastening of bridges and nuts, and the gluing of the soundboard into the case.  The use of animal glues allows glue joints to dry hard, while retaining the ability to be dismantled in future should the need arise.


Details regarding the instruments below
Prices and terms of sale

1531 Trasuntino

Harpsichord inspired by Alessandro Trasuntino, 1531 (presently in the Royal College of Music, London).  Single manual, 2x8', brass stringing, range GG/BB-c3.  A=415-440 transposition (no loss of notes in either position).  Soundboard of European spruce.  Bridge, nut and wrestplank of walnut.  Inner casework (as shown here) of Alaska yellow cedar.  Turned maple legs.

A spruce soundboard (instead of the original cypress) gives this harpsichord a strong, bright tone.  An outstanding continuo instrument; also ideal for the earliest harpsichord repertoire.

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Harpsichord inspired by F.A., 1677.  Single manual, 2x8', brass stringing, range C/E-c3.  A=415-440 (no loss of notes in either position).  Soundboard of European spruce.  Bridge, nut and wrestplank of walnut.  Turned maple legs.

This project will commence shortly.  Photos and audio examples will be provided.