The clavichord is
perhaps the most personal and expressive of all keyboard
instruments. It's unique construction permits the player to
remain in contact with the strings even after the initial
attack. This gives the player precise control of the dynamics
and the continuing character of the sound.
performers are turning to the clavichord for the lessons it
affords them in developing evenness, sensitivity and clarity of
touch. The clavichord demands from the player a certain
level of precision in execution if one wishes to exploit its'
possibilities to the fullest. The Clavichord provides the
amateur player with an easily maintained, easily housed and
musically rewarding instrument. For the advanced player it opens
new worlds of musical and technical insight.
Clavichords such as these were the typical
domestic instrument in Germany, Austria, Italy, the Scandinavian
countries and on the Iberian peninsula for over four hundred
years. Throughout this time, the majority of clavichords were of
the fretted type. In the fretted, or gebunden clavichord,
most strings (or pairs of strings as in our double-strung
instruments) are shared by two keys, so that C and C#, for
instance, are both played on the same string or pair of strings.
My Small Fretted clavichord is a fine example of a late 17th century fretted clavichord. I will gladly build one for you or build it yourself with my exceptional clavichord kit.
The later bundfree, or unfretted
clavichord employs one pair of strings per note. As a result of
this arrangement, the number of strings needed in a fretted
clavichord could be nearly half those needed compared to the
unfretted instrument. Some people feel the fewer strings found
on the fretted clavichord result in a decreased load on the
soundboard and subsequently a fine, more resonant and singing
The Schiedmäyer clavichord is a fine
representative of the large later clavichords which are so
admirably suited to the music of Hayden, Mozart, C.P.E. Bach and
their contemporaries. These clavichords are in sound and
appearance quite elegant. There is a unique ambiance and
romantic richness of sound which surrounds the player and
listener with a shimmering aura and clarity of voice. The larger
unfretted clavichords are wonderfully suited for the music of
the late baroque, classic and romantic composers. The versatility and range of these instruments make them an
indispensable part of my keyboard
My clavichords are built to the highest standards of workmanship
and design. Their quality is the result of many years experience in building
early keyboard instruments.
My research into the art, craft,
and history of keyboard instrument building is a vital and continuing part of my work
Every instrument that leaves is of the highest
quality in sound, and construction, and as durable and trouble free as possible.