NEUPERT harpsichord "Hemsch"


NEUPERT harpsichord 

Johann Heinrich Hemsch was born in 1700 in the village of Castenholz near Cologne. After he had moved to Paris at the age of 28, he was apprenticed to Antoine Vatter, a well known harpsichord maker, who had also emigrated from Germany.

Under his adopted French name of Jean Henri Hemsch, he and his younger brother Guillaume gained a high reputation in Paris as makers of instruments. Jean Henri Hemsch died in 1769.

Five of his two-manual harpsichords are still preserved. J.C. NEUPERT made a copy, true to the original of the harpsichord built by Johann Heinrich Hemsch in 1754, which is today in the possession of the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich. The instrument is one of the few left in its original state and is still in playable condition.. 

Mr. C. Mercier-Ythier, the former owner of the instrument, describes the sound of this instrument as follows: "It possesses a well-rounded sonority in the bass, a warm tone in middle range and very clear treble, which never sounds aggressive. This makes it one of the most beautiful harpsichords, both in the tonal and in the aesthetic sense..." 

Technical details:

double manual harpsichord

compass: F1- f3 (= 5 octaves) 
lower manual: 81', 4' 
upper manual: 82', lute to 82
shifting coupler

length 231 cm (7'6") 
width 91 cm (2'12 ") 
net weight 68 kg


wooden jacks , Delrin plectra

case: solid lime, painted in the colours of the NEUPERT samples, gold-coloured bands; stand style: Louis XIV

Additional options

  • transposing device (a1 = 440/415 Hz)
  • gold leaf bands
  • painted soundboard
  • stands in different styles
  • benches and covers matching the instrument
  clavecin à 2 claviers

étendue de clavier: Fa1-mi3 (= 5 octaves)

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

longueur 231 cm, largeur 91 cm, net 68 kg

2 manuali

estensione della tastiera: 5 ottave (Fa1 -mi3)

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

lunghezza 231 cm, larghezza 91 cm, netto 68 kg

2 teclados

extension del teclado: 5 octavas (Fa1 -mi3)

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

largo 231 cm, ancho 91 cm, neto 68 kg