A Carey Beebe Harpsichord added to Our Early Keyboard Collection

13 July 2018

We are thrilled to have a new harpsichord arrived at the Department íV Italian after Grimaldi: Carey Beebe 1995. It is the third harpsichord in our early keyboard collection.

The Italian Harpsichord after Grimaldi, built by Carey Beebe of Australia, has 2 movable registers and a compass of 4.5 octaves (GG-díŽíŽíŽ, transposable between A415 and A440). Typical of the best instruments of late-seventeenth century, it has boxwood naturals, walnut accidentals and traditional wooden jacks with boar bristle springs and is fitted with natural celcon plectra. Strung in Malcolm Rose yellow brass wire, the harpsichord has a characteristic bold and vibrant tone and touch to suit the most discerning musician and is ready for a wide range of baroque repertory.

Carey Beebe Harpsichord  (Photo by Kevin Hui)