|Clavichord - Finished|
It has a short octave CDEF-c3; from c. It is fretted 2 & 3 times and measures about 280 x 900mm: A truly Travel-Clavichord. It is no exact copy of an old instrument but is constructed after early baroque models. It was designed by Johann-Gottfried Schmidt, a well known Cembalobuilder in norther Germany (http://www.cembalobau.de) with the aim to provide an instrument which is easy to build and of course well to play.
In fact he organized some so-called workshops were several people appear with nothing in their hands and leave after a week with their own clavichord. Have a look at the menue "Workshop" where you will also find at the bottom of the page several picures of the last course. Johann-Gottfried Schmidt just informed me, that there will be another course: 4. - 9.7.2011 in Rostock.
I built the clavichord at home with the help of a detailed 1:1 plan, pre-sawn wood and all other pieces (strings, bridge-pins,...) and the help of Johann-Gottfried Schmidt, who gave me a lot of precise instructional hints to ease the rough way ;-)
And of course when I ran into deep trouble there was always someone from the Clavichord yahoogroups, who helped me with a professional advice. (Thanks to this great group).
Oh, and before I forget it: A lot of members of the Deutsche Clavichord Societät were also willing to lend a helping hand..
It started with the case, which was the easiest part. Woods used are maple and spruce.
|Keylevers fit into place|
|Strings are in place|
|Clavichord - Ready to play|
Of course after some time I have noticed some drawbacks of the design. The fretting scheme 3x is for some music not appropriate. And my first clavichord was build to get an impression. (I never saw or heard one in real live except on Youtube and of course some CDs of Johann Sebastian Bach:
So I already have the plans for a Hubert Clavichord. But thats another story which will begin in the next winter season.
See my other article "How to tune a clavichord the first time".