Unfretted Clavichord after Gerlach 1756

Gerlach was a colleague of Hass in Hamburg and the instrument upon which this one is based is now in the Ringve Museum in Trondheim. It is a large unfretted clavichord with a range of 5 octaves, FF to f''', and extra 4 foot strings in the bass up to d. These give added clarity and their design is so cleverly worked out that the point at which they begin is barely noticeable. The rather plain case is painted outside, and the instrument is 183cm long including the cabriole leg stand. This is a versatile and exciting clavichord suitable for music up to Haydn and early Mozart.


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