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Double manual harpsichord
after "Michael Mietke, circa 1700"

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The duke of Köthen ordered a double manual harpsichord from Michael Mietke; between 1718 and 1719 Bach followed the construction of this instrument and it is for this reason that the name of the german builder is associated with that of Bach.
Very few Mietke harpsichords survive; here, the copy of the only double manual instrument by the builder is presented. This instrument owns the complex tone that many scholars believe to be particularly proper for Bach's repertoire.

The original harpsichord is kept at the Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin.

On request I can supply an elegant stand with turned legs, and a painted case and lid with Chinoiserie.

A 61-note version (FF - f3) is also available.


Length 236 cm

Width cm

Compass FF.GG.AA - d3, 56 notes, on request FF - f3

Two 8' registers, one 4' register

Case of lime and spruce

Soundboard of quarter-sawn spruce

Keyboards: ebony naturals and bone sharps

Jacks and slides of pear-wood

Lacquered case in one or two colours; varnish gilt bands

German style stand, on request

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Clavicembalo da Michael Mietke

Clavicembalo da Michael Mietke

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Augusto Bonza
Antichi Strumenti a Tastiera
Via Kennedy 9 - 20029 Turbigo (MI) - Italy
Tel/Fax +39 0331899251

Last changed: June 2013

Maker and restorer of harpsichords and other early keyboard instruments. High quality instruments built according to historical principles.
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