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VIRGINALS! was OT members' ages

From:Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>
Date:Monday, September 8, 2003, 13:44
--- Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>

> > Try a spinet (or virginals) and a harmonium > > (American, not Indian, thought they're cool > > too as well as highly portable).
> Not a bad idea, and one that never occured to > me. Y'know, something might come of this :).
Reed organs aren't particularly tunable, but the reeds are interchangeable (and also frequently found on Ebay - just make sure they have a little depression so you can pull the things out if you need to). Harpischords and clavichords all have the distinct advantage of being readily tunable. So, if you're interested in using historical tunings (i.e., to play all those galliards and minuets the way they were heard centuries ago); these instruments offer nearly limitless possibilities. There are also the physical properties of the action mechanism, key weight and resistance and the direct connection between your fingers and the strings - not to mention the peculiar characteristics of each string's vibration - that can't really be replicated by an electronic keyboard. Especially on harpsichord, where your fingers are lifting sets of jacks; clavichord is different because your fingers are lifting only a small brass tangent at the end of the key. If you do go after a reed organ, be also on the lookout for a reprint reed organ owner's manual; and you'll need a reed hook. The former shows up on Ebay (what doesn't!!??) or I could copy mine; the latter can be replaced by a crocheting hook. Naturally, a harpsichord or clavichord will require a tuning wrench. Padraic. ===== - Per la maxam pas e drancoueletate di nusteor tempuroer; per l' echluys catholeg, ke 'sta di bille do bille et dol fine le munnem - A Ddon ten mezercorth! -- Come visit The World! -- <> .


Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>