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French harpsichord
after "Bellot le Pére, 1729"

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This is the copy of a very interesting French harpsichord of the first half of the 18th century. The remarkable musical qualities and the small dimensions render the instrument particularly suitable for professionals and for people that frequently move instruments.

The original, kept at the Archbishop Museum in Chartres, is the only instrument that survives of the “petits clavecins de Bellot” named by Michel Corrette in his 1753 treatise; it is a rare example of a French single-manual harpsichord. Ton Koopman, Davitt Moroney and Kenneth Gilbert have played the original for recordings.

I make also a ravalé version with a full five-octaves compass, 61 notes (FF-f3).


Length 186 cm

Width 88 cm

Compass: GG-e3, 58 notes

Two 8' registers, buff stop

Sides of poplar and lime

Soundboard of quarter-sawn spruce, gilt rose

Keyboards: ebony naturals and bone-covered chromatics

Wooden jacks and leathered guides

Trestle stand (Louis XV or Louis XVI by request)

Music desk




Bellot harpsichord

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Augusto Bonza
Antichi Strumenti a Tastiera
Via Kennedy 9 - 20029 Turbigo (MI) - Italy
Tel/Fax +39 0331899251

Last changed: June 2013

Maker and restorer of harpsichords and other early keyboard instruments. Twenty-five years experience of harpsichord making. High quality instruments built according to historical principles.
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