These are the original
Carl Fudge Clavichord
Kits. They are
quite certainly the finest kit clavichords available. No
discussion of clavichords in our time would be complete without
mention of the Carl Fudge clavichord kit. Mr. Fudge was clearly
at the forefront of the development of kit building and his
lifelong passion for the clavichord clearly shows in the
instruments and designs that came out of his shop.
offer three clavichords in kit form. All come compete and ready
for assembly. If you wish a head start, you may choose to have
the case pre-assembled by us.
clavichord is a copy of an unsigned German instrument from
the end of the seventeenth century. The instrument is fretted,
double strung, and 43" long, 12.5" wide and 4.5" high. It weighs
about 20 pounds. The original instrument is tuned with a short
octave in the bass, giving it a four-octave range of C/E-c3. Our
copy may be tuned like the original, or the bass may be tuned
chromatically, E-c3. While you may set the tangents for many
different temperaments, we provide the measurements for tuning
in mean tone, werkmiester III, and equal
clavichord is copied after a beautiful instrument by Johann
Schiedmäyer labeled "Neustadt an der Aisch, 1796". The original
is at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The Schiedmäyer clavichord
is double strung, unfretted, and is 61" long, 19.25" wide, and
5.75" high. It weighs about 70 pounds. This clavichord has a
keyboard of 63 notes giving it a five octave range of FF-g3.
clavichord is modeled after
an instrument by Christian Gottlob Hubert, Ansbach, 1782.
It has a keyboard range of C – g3, 56 notes. The clavichord is
double strung and fretted. Keys 1-17
in the bass are unfretted. This is a fine example of good clavichord design and
it is as beautiful to look at as it is to hear and play! Set the
tangents to the temperament of your choice as you are building
the clavichord. The clavichord weighs about 45 pounds and is
easily transported from concert to studio. It is 141cm x 35.5cm.
kit contains nearly all the materials from which the instrument
will be built. The kit builder will need to provide a few common
hand tools needed for the assembly, and whatever finish, such as oil
or paint, that is desired.
The case parts
of the clavichord are made of solid wood, with the walls, cheeks
and corresponding parts of American Cherry. The soundboard is
quarter-sawn of the finest tone quality Spruce. The key levers
are made of Basswood for a lifetime of trouble free
service. The key naturals are covered with Cherry or Ebony
depending on the instrument and your taste. The parts are
carefully cut to fit and ready for assembly.
manual takes you through every step of the construction in great
detail and includes many helpful illustrations. I addition, I am
available by phone or email to answer any questions that may
arise regarding the construction of the kit.
Stands of various designs are
available as are padded covers and hard travel cases. The
"Shiedmayer" and "Hubert" clavichords come with turned legs. The
kits are made of American Cherry with Cherry naturals and Walnut
or Rosewood accidentals. The "Shiedmayer" and "Hubert" clavichord is available with
Ebony naturals and bone topped sharps.
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