Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | June 10, 2015

Building a Clavichord – 1

So it looks like building a house wasn’t good enough. Now I’ve somehow gotten it into my head that I want to build an early keyboard instrument called a clavichord. I have no idea why. Something to go along with this in the Music Room?:

Piano Room

At any rate, I have purchased a kit for building a clavichord modeled after one found in the collection of the King of Sweden — which is why they call it the King of Sweden clavichord — from a lovely outfit in Stonington, Connecticut known as Zuckermann Harpsichords International. The second video down on the first page is of the instrument I’m going to (try and) build.

I have a brand new workshop. So new I don’t even have much in the way of wood scraps. Then again, I do live in the midst of multiple building sites, so I should be okay.

So here we go:

The plan: The Plan

The parts: Clavichord - some assembly required

Updates as it progresses. Don’t hold your breath. I anticipate anywhere from 6 to 12 months for completion.



  1. Lucy dear, I think you are certifiable at times. If you need wood or anything else, please check my basement. You needed a project..I could have found one for you.

    Give my love to Bill. 🎹


  2. Wow, that is quite a project! Wishing much luck on this – I hope we will hear you play a piece on it sometime next year….

  3. Very ambitious! Good luck.

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