Technical drawings – keyboard instruments
Full size technical drawings, suitable for building copies of the original instruments, are available as paper prints. Included in the price of each drawing (unless otherwise stated) are photographs showing details of the original instrument, and data sheets giving information on woods, string materials and dimensions.
Please note that present technology does not allow us to guarantee that drawings are reproduced accurately enough to be used as templates.
Full-size drawings are no longer available on plastic, except TD6, full size, while stocks last.
Keyboard drawings reproduced at 50%, with the same photographs and data sheets as the full-size versions, are available at much lower prices than full-size versions. Please ask. The 50% versions are also available on plastic, but these cost more than the full-size paper versions
TD1 Double-manual Harpsichord, P. Taskin, 1769 (Inv no 4315)
Two manuals and three registers. Drawn by Grant O'Brien on one sheet. 9 photographs and 1 data sheet.
TD1a Original Stand for 1769 Taskin Harpsichord (Inv no 4315)
Drawn by Edward Turner on one sheet. 1 data sheet.
TD2 Unfretted Clavichord, JA Hass, 1763 (Inv no 4322)
FF to f3, fret-free 4' strings in bass. Drawn by Richard Loucks on two sheets. 5 photographs and 1 data sheet.
TD3 Fretted Clavichord, Anonymous German, c1700 (Inv no 4321)
C/E to c3, triple fretted. Drawn by Richard Loucks on one sheet. 5 photographs and 1 data sheet.
TD4 Single-manual Harpsichord, I Couchet, 1645 (Inv no 4307)
Single manual, drawn in its original state; 1 x 4', 1 x 8'. C/E to c3. Drawn by Edward Turner on one sheet. 6 photographs and 1 data sheet.
TD5 Double-manual Harpsichord, I. Ruckers, 1638 (Inv no 4306)
Two manuals with non-aligned keyboards. Drawn by Edward Turner on two sheets. Extensively revised 1983. 8 photographs and 1 data sheet.
TD6 4½-Voet Virginals at Quart Pitch, I Ruckers, 1629
C/E to d3. Although designed for steel stringing at quart pitch, this virginals could be strung in brass and tuned to modern pitch. Drawn by Edward Turner on one sheet. Extensively revised 1983. (This instrument is in the Brussels Museum of Musical Instruments, Inv no 2510) 6 photographs and 1 data sheet.
TD7 Virginals, S Keene , 1668 (Inv no 4308)
FF to d3, 57 notes, no FF#. Drawn by Edward Turner on two sheets. 6 photographs and 1 data sheet.
TD8 Double-manual Harpsichord, Goermans/Taskin, 1764/83-84 (Inv no 4329)
Two manuals, four registers with peau de buffe and knee levers. Drawn by Edward Turner on three sheets (includes drawing of original stand). 9 photographs and 1 data sheet.
TD9 6-Voet Virginals, A Ruckers 1620 – Available again
Drawn on 2 sheets (non-standard size sheets), text in German. (This instrument is in the Brussels Museum of Musical Instruments, Cat. No.1597) No photographs or data sheets. English translation of text provided, plus A4 supplementary sheet to drawing.
TD10 Bentside Spinet, T Hitchcock, c1730 (Inv no 4310)
Drawn by John Raymond on 1 sheet, 7 photographs and 1 data sheet.
TD11 Polygonal virginal, attributed to Dominicus Pisaurensis of Venice, c1565
No longer available
TD12 Harpsichord by Johannes Ruckers, 1616
No longer available
TD13 Double-manual harpsichord by Francis Coston, 1725 (Inv no 4320)
The Russell Collection instrument may be the only surviving example of the work of this London instrument-maker. Drawn on three sheets by John Raymond. Data sheet and 9 photographs.
TD14 Clavichord, Christian Gotlobb Hubert 1784
Double-fretted clavichord, Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments (Inv no 4338) Drawn by Richard Loucks on one sheet. Data sheet and 10 photographs.
TD15 Spinet by Stephen Keene and Charles Brackley, c1715.
Drawn by Richard Ireland and Sheila and John Barnes on one sheet. This instrument is in private ownership. 9 photographs. John Barnes's book, Building a Spinet by Traditional Methods, based on this instrument, is sold by the Friends. It is available at half price when bought with the technical drawing. The book sales page is here