Early keyboard servicing
Dolmetsch is much involved in the restoration of early keyboard instruments. Most recently we have worked on three square pianos as well as a number of modern harpsichords.
We are always happy to give you a quotation for work proposed with a detailed breakdown where this would be helpful. Where conservation is required suitable techniques and materials would be used and a detailed 'logging of condition and of work carried out' can be undertaken. It is surprisingly inexpensive to restore modern instruments which can be purchased at well below 'new instrument' prices making the whole operation a good route to owning what many see as a rather expensive item.
Keyboard instruments deteriorate through use. Indeed, even standing in a room unused, some loss in performance will occur. The common problems with early keyboard instruments are:
If you want any of this type work carried out you should contact:
tel: 01428 707520
tel: 01428 656246
We want to thank Chris de Silva from Perth, Western Australia, for recommending
The Harpsichord Owner's Guide : A Manual for Buyers and Owners by Edward Kottick
We also recommend the less extensive, but still very useful, online resource: Harpsichord Owner's Manual by David Jensen.
For those seeking information about clavichords, we thoroughly recommend Clavichord Tuning and Maintenance by Peter Bavington.
To maintain your precious keyboard instrument under difficult climatic conditions you could use DAMPP-CHASER.