My Harpsichord complete

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Project by GaryK posted 03-18-2008 11:06 PM 5978 views 12 times favorited 85 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this is my harpsichord all completed and installed in my living room.

If you are interested it’s construction you can check out my blog:

As I showed in my last blog on it, I turned it into a player harpsichord by adding a PianoDisc unit from a digital
player piano. This allows me to play MIDI files to it through a computer.

Here is a video of it playing. It’s a period Bach piece.


Here’s a medley of tunes that aren’t normally associated with the harpsichord

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 03-18-2008 11:11 PM

....and let me guess. You built it out of a 2X4 you found in the road. Gary that is just AWSOME!!!!

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#2 posted 03-18-2008 11:13 PM

Very impressive, Gary! You ARE quite the glutton for punishment. Excellent job. When are you going to build the wooden type writer?

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#3 posted 03-18-2008 11:18 PM

Gary this is a gorgeous project! I saw the video and I`m very impressed.

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#4 posted 03-18-2008 11:24 PM

Gary, a man of many talents.

That’s way over my head but I can’t help but be fascinated with the operation and your execution.
I wonder why nobody ever designed a piano like that with a double decker sound board?
You gonna start a band now?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 03-18-2008 11:26 PM

wow ! very nice gary ! i like the color as well . your just an amazing craftsman .

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#6 posted 03-18-2008 11:28 PM

I gone through the blog of this a few times just to try and take it all in and it still boggles the mind to see it. The completed piece is fantastic. A definite example of craftsmanship.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 03-18-2008 11:29 PM

I am shaking my head in wonder and awe. Amazing!!! What’s next???

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 03-18-2008 11:52 PM

Gary you are not only a master craftsman, but a true genuis !

Is the PianoDisc an item from a catalog or did you scrape something together ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 03-18-2008 11:55 PM

wow this is one of the most amazing things i have ever seen. you should be very, very, very….. proud of yourself. if there is a “construct and instrument” contest in the future i think you’ve already won. FANTASTIC JOB!

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#10 posted 03-18-2008 11:57 PM

Electronics AND woodworking. I’m impressed.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#11 posted 03-19-2008 12:10 AM

Amazing, Gary. Nice work and a great sounding instrument!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 03-19-2008 12:26 AM

I just want to type ” !!!!!!”
words cannot possibly describe my reaction.
Awe-some and a beautiful sound.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 03-19-2008 12:29 AM

Unbelievable. Impressive in so many ways. I think I like best that you did not give up…even after ten years.


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#14 posted 03-19-2008 01:14 AM

And I thought that you had been idle all this time. What I want to know is when did you have time to do this? After doing all the reviews/posts/projects that you have and playing with your bandsaw there simply isn’t enough time left over for a project like this. Have you managed to “engineer” a clone of yourself? :)

This is a wonderful project. And it is one I think that I (even though being “musically challenged” ) could learn to play. I am truly impressed. You are a man of many talents and abilities.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#15 posted 03-19-2008 01:15 AM

2nd batch of tunes were great. how about some beatles ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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