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Neapolitan harpsichord
after "Onofrio Guarracino, end of XVII century"

A large light-case instrument, it has a wide compass and remarkable sound with a clear treble and a powerful bass tone. It is suited for all Italian music and sounds well for most of European music too. Unlike many other Italian instruments, it has a sound that persists long after the string is plucked.

The original harpsichord is kept in the Gemeentemusem in The Hague and has been attributed to Onofrio Guarracino by Grant G. O'Brien.

An outer-case with lid is available by request; this can be decorated with painted Renaissance patterns or damask fabrics or simply painted with one or two colours. Two additional carved parchment/wood roses are available on request.

I also make Italian instruments with cypress-wood soundboard.


Length 230 cm

Width 96,5 cm

Compass: GG.AA - f3, 58 notes

Two 8' registers, a= 415 Hz or 440 Hz on request

Sides of Italian cypress

Soundboard of quarter-sawn spruce, elaborated carved rose (three roses on request)

Keyboards: Italian boxwood naturals and chromatics of ebony covered stained-fruitwood

Jacks of fruitwood

Italian turned stand

Music desk (elaborate carved music desk on request)

Outer-case with lid on request




Guarracino harpsichord


Guarracino 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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