Attend a clavichord recital today and you may well hear a copy of this plain-looking instrument. Produced by one of the best-known clavichord makers in 18th century Germany, the instrument’s light and playful sound may be appreciated by players and audiences around the world thanks to its numerous copies.Hubert was one of the finest and most prolific 18th-century German clavichord makers. This is one of his later instruments and has a compact design, is double fretted and used over-wound strings in the bass (requiring thicker tangents for the lowest 11 notes). The panelled case and the lid are made of cherry. Gift of Mrs Douglas Dixon, 1980.
Technical description: Double-fretted clavichord. Compass 54 notes C₂ - F₆ [C - f'''] Double strung in bass. Thicker tangents for the lowest 11 notes suggest the original use of covered strings. Note names written in ink beside the wrest pins. Unlike other Hubert instruments the case and lid are of cherry.
String lengths: F₆ 85, C₆ 121, F₅ 187, C₅ 254, F₄ 378, C₄ 504, F₃ 712, C₃ 871, F₂ 1020, C₂ 1097.
Signature/Marks: Inscribed on the case beside the lowest key "Christian Gottlob Hübet" [sic] / "Anspachischer u. Bäyreuthischer / Hoff. Orgel u. Instrumenten / bauer fecit : Ao: 1784"; Heavily stamped into the upper surface of the hitchplank using metal die stamps "8604" (possibly a serial number).
Decoration: The case and lid are varnished, probably with french polish, which was originally stained using a deep red colour. Added on mouldings of cherry, not cut into the case sides, surround the top edges of the case and keywell. The lid and lid flap are carefully and delicately panelled. There are printed papers around the inside of the case. The exposed tops of the keylevers are roof-carved.
Repair History: Restored by J.J.K. Rhodes and W.R. Thomas in 1956; restored by John Barnes in 1980.
acquired by Dr J.D.|Dickson in 1940 by bequest of Sir Donald Francis Tovey to whom it was given by Mrs Sophie Weisse c|1890.; Gift of Mrs Douglas Dickson, 1980.