Maintenance

‘The Harpsichord Owner’s Guide : A Manual for Buyers and Owners’ by Edward Kottick published by The University of North Carolina Press, P.O. Box 2288, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288, USA.  ISBN 0-8078-4388-1 http://www.uncpress.unc.edu/

‘The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation’ by Stewart Pollens
Describes museum-based conservation techniques with practical instructions on the maintenance, repair, adjustment, and tuning of virtually every type of historical musical instrument.
ISBN: 9781107077805, 456pp, pub. Cambridge University Press  Cambridge University Press website

‘General Admonishments for Harpsichord Care’ by Robert Hicks
http://www.hicksharpsichords.com/­maintenance.html#m

Hubbard Harpsichords-Technical articles on the care & repair of Harpsichords
http://www.hubharp.com and click on ‘Technical Articles’

Stringing, Action adjustment & Voicing- illustrated articles by David Law
http://www.traditional-brassware.co.uk/­

‘William de Blaise: Harpsichords Maintenance Manual’- Reprint of the original maintenance manual for these 1960’s instruments. Available from http://www.hpschd.nu/­b/­biblio.html

A comprehensive Technical library http://www.hpschd.nu/­tech/­index.html

For Tools and Accessories see ‘Building a Harpsichord’ and the list of makers on the Acquiring page.

Tuning and Temperament

Temperament: A Beginner’s Guide by Stephen Bicknell
http://www.albany.edu/piporg-l/tmprment.html

A Clear and Practical Introduction to Temperament History, 1500-1850
http://www.artoftuning.com/tuning-history/

Understanding temperaments   http://leware.net/temper/temper.htm

Comprehensive Guide to Historical Temperaments
http://www.dolmetsch.com/musictheory27.htm#histtemps

’Unequal Temperaments’ by Claudio Di Veroli,
http://temper.braybaroque.ie

‘Tuning, Temperaments and Bells’ by Nigel Turner
http://www.kirnberger.fsnet.co.uk

Pythagorean, Meantone, and Equal Temperament Musical Scales
http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/PythagoreanMeantoneAndEqualTemperamentMusicalScales/

‘The equal-beating temperaments : a handbook for tuning harpsichords and fortepianos, with tuning techniques and tables of fifteen historical temperaments’ by Owen Jorgensen. pub : Sunbury Press,

Werckmeister Temperament- click on ‘Tuning and Temperaments’
http://www.polettipiano.com/­Pages/­pag1engpaul.html

Software for a laptop to tune any instrument – over 150 temperaments
http://www.instrument-tuner.com/temperaments.html

Keyboard Temperament Calculator,(free spreadsheet)
http://www-personal.umich.edu/­~bpl/­temper.html

Practical temperament instructions by ear- Various temperaments including the “Bach/Lehman 1722”    http://www-personal.umich.edu/~bpl/larips/practical.html

Hear multiple historic keyboard temperaments in direct comparison on a CD called ‘Temperamental Bach’ https://www.createspace.com/1722953

Practical advice on tuning and temperaments
http://www.hpschd.nu/­tech/­tmp/­faq.html

Two ‘Well-Temperaments’ in use between 1750-1825.
http://www.uk-piano.org/­edfoote/­index.html

UK Technicians and Tuners

Alba Musick -GLASGOW  http://www.albamusick.co.uk/­instrument_hire.htm 

Colin Booth -WELLS  http://www.colinbooth.co.uk/index.html

Guill Clark -LEWES, EAST SUSSEX   www.peckhamharpsichords.co.uk

Robert Deegan -LANCASTER  http://www.deeganharpsichords.com/­services_hire.html

Edmund Handy -LUDLOW, SHROPSHIRE  http://www.edmundhandy.co.uk/

Simon Neal -OXFORD  http://www.simonneal.org.uk

Mark Ransom -LONDON  http://harpsichord-workshop.co.uk

Dan Tidhar -CAMBRIDGE http://www.cambridge-baroque-labs.com/

Andrew Wooderson -LONDON/ KENT http://www.woodersonharpsichords.co.uk

See also the list of makers on the Acquiring page.