Harpsichord jack trays

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Project by RobertHorton posted 11-02-2009 10:03 PM 4706 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When doing any work on the action of a harpsichord, one often needs to remove the jacks: Well over 150 slips of pear wood that a.) are very fragile and b.) must be kept in order. This is a set of three shallow trays that nest in a stack to keep the jacks safe. Nothing glamorous (just some 1/4” MDF) but an essential tool for keeping the instrument in top shape.

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#1 posted 11-02-2009 10:37 PM

Looks like a great set of trays to keep things organized. I can’t imagine working on a harpsichord. well done

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#2 posted 11-03-2009 01:46 AM

I cant imagine making a harpsichord, either. fascinating.

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#3 posted 11-03-2009 05:15 AM

Actually, harpsichords (good ones, at least) are rather simple instruments. Nowhere near the sheer mass or mechanical complexity of a piano. Lots of people build very successful instruments from kits, even.

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 03:27 PM

Rather Simple you say? Now that’s interesting. Are you sure though? You probably have 1001 nuances stored in your head. It’s those nuances that are rather intimidating to me.

Thanks for posting!

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