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Albarda spinet and similar

Stringing schedule for a spinet by Jan Albarda (Ontario) 1972 after typical late 17th century English bentside spinets such as Player, Haworth, Cawton Aston and similar. This instrument, numbered 721, was built as a personal instrument for Dr. Albarda's daughter Karen 'who started it all'.

  • Compass BB - f''' (56 notes = 4 2/3 octaves).
  • Stringing: Single-strung in steel, phosphor bronze and brass (we recommend replacing the phosphor bronze with brass and that is what is used in this schedule).

Normal pitch is A=440, modern pitch, but it can be tuned to baroque (A=415) or anywhere in between. We recommend starting the change at least a week before you need it to ensure that it will be stable for your performance or recording.

 

String number Wires Notes (Helmholtz) Material Diameter
48 to 55
8

b-flat'' to f'''

harpsichord wire (steel)

.008"

35 to 47
13
a' to a''
harpsichord wire (steel)
.010"
28 to 34
7
d' to g#'
harpsichord wire (steel)
.011"
20 to 27
8
f# to c#
harpsichord wire (steel)
.012'
16 to 19
4
d to f
harpsichord wire (steel)
.014"
12 to 15
4
B-flat to c#
yellow brass
.014"
9 to 11
3
G to A
yellow brass
.016"
7 & 8
2
F & F#
yellow brass
.018"
5 & 6
2
D# & E
yellow brass
.020
3 & 4
2
C# & D
yellow brass
.022"
1 & 2
2

BB & C

yellow brass
.025"

 

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