Re: VIRGINALS! was OT members' ages
|From:||Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 10, 2003, 14:05|
Costentin Cornomorus wrote:
> --- Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>
> 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.
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 :) :).
To be sure to be sure
Stephen Mulraney... ataltane at ataltane.net... ataltane.net