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NEUPERT harpsichord Hemsch

Product Availability: Out of stock

double manual harpsichord, copy

keyboard compass: 5 octaves (F1 - f3)

lower manual: 81', 4'

upper manual: 82', lute to 82'

wooden jacks, Delrin plectra
Sales price 42.020 €
Sales price without tax 35.311 €
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Johann Heinrich Hemsch was born in 1700 in the village of Castenholz near Cologne. After he had moved to Paris at the age of 28, he was apprenticed to Antoine Vatter, a well known harpsichord maker, who had also emigrated from Germany.

Under his adopted French name of Jean Henri Hemsch, he and his younger brother Guillaume gained a high reputation in Paris as makers of instruments. Jean Henri Hemsch died in 1769.

Five of his two-manual harpsichords are still preserved. J.C. NEUPERT made a copy, true to the original of the harpsichord built by Johann Heinrich Hemsch in 1754, which is today in the possession of the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich. The instrument is one of the few left in its original state and is still in playable condition..

Mr. C. Mercier-Ythier, the former owner of the instrument, describes the sound of this instrument as follows: „It possesses a well-rounded sonority in the bass, a warm tone in middle range and very clear treble, which never sounds aggressive. This makes it one of the most beautiful harpsichords, both in the tonal and in the aesthetic sense...“

Technical details:

  • compass: F1 - f3 (5 octaves)
  • naturals ebony, sharps covered by bones
  • lower manual: 81‘, 4‘
  • upper manual: 82‘, lute to 82
  • shifting coupler
  • length 231 cm (7‘6“), width 93 cm (2‘12“), net weight 68 kg

Additional equipment:

  • transposing device (a1 = 440/415 Hz)
  • gold leaf bands
  • painted soundboard
  • stands in different styles
  • benches and covers matching the instrument
  • lid painting


Manufacture of historical keyboard instruments
Biegenhofstraße 9
D-96103 Hallstadt bei Bamberg 

Phone +49 / (0)951 / 40 60 70
Fax +49 / (0)951 / 40 60 720

E-Mail: info@jc-neupert.de