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You may be considering purchasing a harpsichord or clavichord kit.  The good news is that there are many good kits available.  However, do not underestimate the time and skill necessary to end up with a result that you will be happy with.  Remember the goal is to end up with an instrument you will want to live with and can develop proper playing technique.  Above all, while an instrument may look impressive, it is the touch, precision action and sound that that make a satisfying instrument.

You can buy kits from other makers in various stages of completion, each stage costing an amount closer to the cost of a completed instrument.  Click to EnlargeHowever, it is the latter stages of completing the instrument that take the greatest amount of skill, experience and patience.  They also make up a great deal of the instrument's character.  These stages include soundboard shaping, stringing and regulating the action.  It is easy to tell even for first time keyboard players the difference between a passable job and a professional job of regulation.  A professionally regulated instrument is easier to play and a lot more fun.

If you are considering buying a kit because of  cost savings, well, there are cost savings.  Just remember what it is you are aiming for.  If it is the joy of building and a love of your own labor a kit may be a good fit.  If you value your time differently and your goal is to own and play an instrument, you should consider buying a completed professionally built instrument.  You will be much happier with the results.

As a side note, there can be seemingly good bargains on "used" harpsichords.   Many of these will be poorly finished kits so be sure to ask lots of questions.   If a previously owned instrument sounds like something you would like to pursue, contact us.  We may be able to locate a quality one for you.

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Jack Peters Harpsichords
14330 Phinney Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98133

(206) 364-8254