Historic Keyboards

>> Square piano, C. Katholnik, Vienna 1805

>> Claviorganum / II-manuals (also refer to Organs and Positive Tracker Organs)

These instruments are exact replicas of existing originals. The goal is to provide the player with the proper sound for performing historical music. Modifications to the exterior are possible provided that they do not affect the original character of the sound. Sometimes restored historical instruments are available for sale.

Square piano, C. Katholnik, Vienna 1805

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Compass F1- c4
Pitch a`= 415 Hz
Weight: approx. 80 pounds
Size: (length, width, height) 1,54 x 0,57 x 0,27 m

Viennese action, two knee levers for damper suspension and moderator.

Body with veneer of choice, inserted inlay, amber lacquered surface or other natural finishes.

By choosing the Viennese action over the less precise English action C.Katholnik had the intention of creating a high quality instrument for the affluent middle class. It's fluid play similar to the Viennese hammer piano offers as well sound as touch desired for the music of the Early Classic, Classic and Romantic.

Square piano, C.Katholnik, detail

With low volume and little weight it is suited for any apartment and can be an alternative to a piano of this days.

Claviorganum / II-manuals

- Compass C – d3
- Sliders divided with variable parting
line from a/b flat to c1/cs1
- Couplers I/II and II/I
- Transposer 415 / 440 / 465 Hz

Size (width x height x depth)
- organ 0,95 x 0,92 x 0,52 m
- harpsichord 0,82 x 0,23 x 2,06 m

The claviorganum is a combination-instrument from the Renaissance and Baroque times that connects a positive tracker organ to a stringed keyboard instrument. Harpsichord or virginal as well as a square piano are possible partners to the organ. Several historical examples still exist in divers collections of musical instruments within Europe or world-wide. In the first place serving Continuo demands it is provided to be prominent in soloist parts by its solemn sound, too.

We would like to introduce a small II-manual model linking an Italian disposed organ of three ranks to an Italian harpsichord of two ranks to you. It offers the opportunity to vary the brittle transparency of the harpsichord and the warm and full sound pattern of the organ just as to melt both to a new timbre by a manual coupler.

By the harpsichord being simply plugged up , both parts can easily be devided in means of solo use (or as a duet) or transportation. The demand for different pitches and temperments in ancient music is regarded to by a transposing mechanism and large-scale tuning applications.

The disposition:

I – manual organ:

I Gedackt 8´, pear/spruce
Bass and descant; foundation of plenum, smooth accompaniment

II Flute 4´, pear/spruce
Bass and descant; cubic open for a brightly drawing of the organ

III Principal 8´, 75% tin
Descant; alternative 8´-basis that can be tuned as a Voce
Humana as well

II- manual harpsichord:

I 8´ Principal, brass

II 8´ Nasat, brass (also available as 4´)

- Keyboards covered with boxwood and ebony
- Light and precise action
- Organ- and harpsichord-stops easily accessible on the bass side
- Shove coupler
- Quiet blower and pressure stable bellow combined in the seat
- Organ case made from pear, harpsichord from cypress - both with
high quality historical amber finish
- Temperature and humidity resistant wind chest
- Easy to transport in three parts, plugged in a few minutes

Of course we offer to build claviorgani in different regional constructions - as there are Flemish, French and German traditions – and deviating disposition and number of ranks, too.