9780807843888

The Harpsichord Owner's Guide

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    9780807843888

  • ISBN10:

    0807843881

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1992-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr
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Summary

The revival of interest in harpsichords has motivated thousands of people to buy, build, and learn how to care for these instruments. Yet few have any idea how the harpsichord operates, how to keep it in good working order, how to make simple repairs, or how to tune it. Edward Kottick, an experienced harpsichord builder, offers the first practical guide to buying, repairing, and maintaining a harpsichord.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition ix
Preface to the First Edition x
Introduction 3(6)
PART ONE THE HARPSICHORD AND ITS HISTORY
How the Harpsichord Works
9(20)
Keyboard
9(5)
Jacks
14(6)
Strings
20(2)
Soundboard
22(4)
Room
26(1)
Listener
27(2)
A Short History of the Harpsichord
29(20)
Italy
29(5)
Flanders
34(5)
France
39(4)
England
43(3)
Germany
46(3)
The Harpsichord in the Twentieth Century
49(5)
The revival harpsichord
49(2)
The modern harpsichord
51(3)
Buying a Harpsichord
54(17)
What kind of harpsichord should you buy?
54(6)
New or used?
60(1)
Should you buy a kit instrument? Should you build it yourself of have someone else build it?
61(2)
Should you buy from famous makers, even though they may be half a continent away, or should you buy from a local builder?
63(8)
PART TWO MAINTENANCE TECHNIQUES
The Tool Kit
71(6)
Tools
71(4)
Tuning fork
71(1)
Tuning hammer
72(1)
Wire cutter
72(1)
Hammer
72(1)
Hook or nail
72(1)
Voicing knife with spare blades
72(2)
Voicing block
74(1)
Small, long-nose pliers
74(1)
Small scissors
75(1)
Medium or large screwdrivers
75(1)
Set of jeweler's screwdrivers
75(1)
Six- or eight-inch mill bastard file
75(1)
Six-inch steel rule
75(1)
Small, sharp tweezers
75(1)
Stand tool
75(1)
Supplies
75(2)
The Strings
77(13)
Breaking strings
77(1)
Changing a string
78(1)
Tools and supplies needed
78(1)
Making a string loop
79(5)
Nail method
79(2)
Hook method
81(3)
Winding the string on the tuning pin
84(5)
Threaded or tapered tuning pins with a hole
84(1)
Tapered tuning pins without a hole
85(1)
No-tech holeless pin string winding
85(3)
Low-tech holeless pin string winding
88(1)
Drilling a hole in a tapered tuning pin
89(1)
Tools and supplies needed
89(1)
The Jacks
90(16)
Changing a tongue
90(1)
Tools and supplies needed
90(1)
Changing a Delrin plactrum
91(2)
Tools and supplies needed
91(2)
Voicing a Delrin plectrum
93(8)
Tools and supplies needed
93(3)
Cutting the plectrum to length
96(1)
Thinning the plectrum
96(5)
Changing and voicing a crow quill
101(1)
Tools and supplies needed
101(1)
Replacing a damper
102(1)
Tools and supplies needed
102(1)
Replacing a boar bristle in a wooden jack
103(1)
Tools and supplies needed
103(1)
Regulating the height of the jack
104(2)
The Action
106(10)
Removing the keyboard
106(2)
Regulating the keyboard
108(3)
Straightening the keys
108(2)
Leveling the keys
110(1)
Regulating the dip
111(3)
Head stop
112(1)
Rack stop
112(1)
Jackrail stop
113(1)
Adjusting the coupler
114(2)
The Touch
116(9)
Touch affected by lateral changes
116(3)
Touch affected by vertical changes
119(1)
Adjusting the stagger
120(5)
PART THREE TROUBLESHOOTING THE HARPSICHORD
String Problems
125(7)
Strange sounds
125(4)
Strings that beat
125(1)
Strings that are damped
125(1)
Strings that buzz
126(1)
False strings
127(1)
Downbearing
128(1)
Slipping strings
129(1)
Breaking strings
130(2)
Jack Problems
132(10)
Sticking jacks
132(3)
Dirt
132(1)
Humidity
133(1)
The shape of the jack itself
133(1)
Interference with the operation of the jack
134(1)
Two jacks operated by one key
135(1)
Weak and inconsistent notes
135(2)
Plectrum too short
135(1)
Register slot too wide
135(1)
Poor return of the jack tongue
136(1)
Hangers
137(2)
Interference
137(1)
The plectrum
137(1)
The tongue and the spring
138(1)
Jack height and damper setting
138(1)
Crow quill
138(1)
Leaking dampers
139(1)
Frozen registers
139(3)
Action Problems
142(7)
Sticking keys
142(2)
Sticking at the balance pin
142(1)
Sticking at the guide
143(1)
Warped keys
143(1)
Naturals that catch sharps
144(1)
Squeaky, wiggly, and noisy keys
144(2)
Squeaky keys
144(1)
Wiggly keys
144(1)
Noisey keys
144(2)
Loose and leaking buff pads
146(3)
PART FOUR CARE OF THE HARPSICHORD
Tuning, Temperaments, and Techniques
149(15)
Tuning and temperament
150(1)
Tuning
150(1)
Temperament
151(1)
A short history of temperament
151(4)
Pythagorean tuning
151(1)
Meantone temperament
152(1)
Modified meantone temperament
153(1)
Equal temperament
154(1)
Tuning techniques
155(2)
A tuning and two temperaments
157(6)
The reference pitch
157(1)
Pythagorean tuning
158(1)
Quarter-comma meantone temperament
159(1)
Modified meantone temperament
160(1)
Completing the tuning
161(2)
The need for frequent tuning
163(1)
The Harpsichord as Furniture
164(5)
Location
164(1)
Cleaning the soundboard
165(1)
Spills on the soundboard
165(1)
Cleaning the keys
166(1)
Cleaning the case
166(1)
Moving the harpsichord
167(2)
From room to room
167(1)
To somewhere else
167(2)
Epilogue The Well-Regulated Harpsichord 169(2)
Notes 171(6)
Index 177

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