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Re: VIRGINALS! was OT members' ages

From:Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 10, 2003, 14:05
Costentin Cornomorus wrote:
> --- Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...> > wrote: > > 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. >
Excellent stuff. I've no idea when it'll be reasonable for me to get an instrument (sharing a *terraced* house with two other's 'n'all), but I'll keep your advice in mind... or in file, rather. Unfortunately you've gone and excited me now :) :). s. ---- To be sure to be sure Stephen Mulraney... ataltane at