NEUPERT harpsichord "Ruckers"

"Ruckers" double manual

Ruckers is the most famous name in the history of building harpsichords.

For three generations, from the end of the sixteenth to the middle of the seventeenth century, the Ruckers proved their high skilfulness building harpsichords in Antwerp and developed instruments that were to set tonal standards for centuries.

Even about 150 years later one could read in the "Encyclopédie" by Didérot and d'Alembert: "Referring to the beauty of sound the best harpsichords that have ever been built are the ones built by the three Ruckers (Hans, Ioannes, Andreas) ....".

From more than 100 Ruckers instruments that have survived NEUPERT chose and reproduced a single manual harpsichord made by Andreas Ruckers (1579-1651) in 1637. Today this instrument belongs to the collection of musical instruments of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg (MIR 1073).

Starting from the harpsichord, which was in widely original state, NEUPERT developed a completely convincing concert harpsichord by adding a second manual with a second 8'-register and by enlarging the keyboard to A1 - f3.

Its sound pattern reaching from delicate silvery sounds to sounds of full richness represents the typical merits of best Flemish harpsichord traditions and connects them with a comparatively small case which has the advantage of easy handling (total length 197 cm).

Technical details:

double manual

compass of keyboard A1 - f3 =
4 3/4 octaves
disposition: lower manual 81', 4'

upper manual 82', lute to 82'; shifting coupler



wooden jacks, Delrin quills

case painted in two colours according th the customer's wishes, gold-coloured stripes
historical papers

length 187 cm, width 90 cm, net weight 58 kg


  clavecin à deux claviers

étendue de clavier: La1 -fa3 (= 4 3/4 octaves)

I. clavier: 81', 4'
II. clavier: 82', luth pour 82'
accouplement à coulisse

longueur 197 cm, largeur 90 cm, net 62 kg

2 manuale

estensione di manuale: 4 3/4 ottave (La1-fa3)

I. manuale: 81', 4'
II. manuale: 82', liuto a 82'
accopiamento scorrevole

lunghezza 197 cm, larghezza 90 cm, netto 62 kg

2 teclado

extensión de teclado: 4 3/4 octavas (La1 -fa3)

I. teclado: 81', 4'
II. teclado: 82', laúd a 82'
acoplamiento de corredizo

largo 197 cm, ancho 90 cm, neto 62 kg

Lieferbare Zusatzausstattung

  • benches and covers matching the instrument
  • ornamental gold leaf stripes
  • transposing device (a1 = 440/415 cps)
  • painted soundboard
  • stands in different styles
  • marbled case