English Bentside Spinet

The bentside spinet is of the kind made in large numbers in the 18th century, both in England and on the continent. It is available in two forms: either with an angled tail, as was more common, or with a double bentside giving a rounded tail. The compass is around 5 octaves and the keyboard is transposable. It is elaborately veneered by hand, typically in mahogany or walnut, and has a trestle stand with turned legs. The design is not copied from any particular surviving instrument, but its proportions are typical of many instruments of the period.


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