2021 Virtual Exhibition | The Paris Workshop

Boston Early Music Festival

Can I really build my own harpsichord?

Building your own harpsichord is no longer a dream. We offer to share our knowledge with you so you can experience the exciting adventure of creating a fine musical instrument with your own hands, seeing it take shape little by little, and being the first to hear its sound.

Thousands of amateurs have successfully built instruments from our kits, and indeed many professional makers use our kits as the basis for their signed instruments.  The Paris Workshop offers an extensive range of instruments based on historical models designed by Marc Ducornet and Emmanuel Danset. We offer kits with a wide range of difficulty levels from easiest to make to the large double manual as well as offering different versions according to how much you would like to complete yourself.

Top Quality:  Our in-depth study based on over 40 years of experience and research ensures excellent tonal quality and performance in each model. We use only the best materials and are renowned for the precise machining and quality of our parts.

Professional Results:   Confident of our craftsmanship, many professional makers throughout the world use our parts to make instruments they sign with their own name. In fact, a number of fine instrument makers have found their vocation through first constructing harpsichord kit from THE PARIS WORKSHOP.

Professional musicians: Our concern for perfection is acclaimed in the world of music. Musicians often play our harpsichords which they have built themselves from our kits. Sometimes they even unknowingly play instruments made from our parts because the harpsichord has been finished and signed by an established professional maker.

Pleasure and pride! There is something special about taking part in the creation of your own harpsichord. With our help and some of your careful time and patient work, you will soon be able to experience both the pride the pleasure of playing an instrument you have built yourself. It is up to you to make your dream become reality!

Models Available:
Flemish Single after Ruckers
Flemish Double after Ruckers
French Single – 17th century
French Double after Hemsch
Neapolitan – 17th century false inner outer after Bocalari
Italian Virginal – after early 18th century instrument
Double Fretted Clavichord after Hubert
Unfretted Clavichord after Gerlach

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The Paris Workshop
Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France
Anne Acker and Gerald Self, U.S. Representatives
annesharpsichords@gmail.com | 912-704-3048 (US)
info@theparisworkshop.com | 33 1 39 72 02 34 (France)