Short-term harpsichord hire for special events

As well as instruments for longer-term rental, I regularly supply instruments for hire, to cater for specific events such as concerts and recordings. The normal arrangement is for a one-day hiring, where an inclusive charge covers insurance, travel, and as many tunings as the day requires. Extended hirings are also possible, in which case a reduction to the full daily charge may be arranged.
Please note: I do not hire to the London area, which is well-served by other hirers.

Instruments currently available for hire

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(1) Italian harpsichord

Italian harpsichord for hire

Two manual, 8’ + 8’ + 4’ (on upper manual). Dogleg coupler.
Based on original by Migliai c.1680.
A = 415 or a = 440.   GG/BB - c3.
A sonorous instrument for continuo or specialist solo use. Italian harpsichord for hire



(2)Two-manual harpsichord

from original by Nicholas Celini 1661.
8’ + 8’ + 4’ + buff. Shove coupler.
A = 392 / 415 / 440.  Compass GG - d3.
Early French in origin, with a notably beautiful tone and clarity.


(3)Flemish 2-manual harpsichord

by Sassmann.
8’ + 8’ + 4’ + buff. Coupler.
A = 415 or a = 440.  Compass GG/BB - d3.
A robust and compact instrument (only 2 metres long), very stable and with good carrying power.

Hire rates for harpsichord (1), (2) and (3):
£290 per day. This includes as many tunings as required, all expenses and travel costs (within a normal operating radius of 50 miles, beyond which an additional amount may be requested). VAT is not charged.
Please note that I am willing to consider a reduced rate in special cases.

Click for printable sheet of Instrument Hire Rates. (This is a PDF document.)

The following more specialist instruments are also available. These are more likely to be required for projects rather than single performances, so terms are by negotiation.

(4) Italian single-strung harpsichord

Italian single-strung harpsichord

One manual, 8’. A = 440 or a = 466.
Derived from original by Bertarinus, 16thC.
Single soundboard of cedar. Rich, stringy tone; very sustained.
C/E - a2, bass short octave.
This instrument is tiny: approx 2 feet by 5 feet. Italian single-strung harpsichord


Italian virginal

(5) Italian pentagonal virginal

after original signed Perticis, 17thC.
One manual, A = 440 or lower.
C/E - c3 bass short octave.
Rich, powerful tone.


If none of the instruments listed here is appropriate, either on grounds of price or style, please don’t hesitate to contact me as alternatives may be available.

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