Gunther Music Studio
Harpsichord

MY SON DAVID - 1978
NOTICE THE HINDELOOPEN DECORATION MY DAD PAINTED
TUNING PINS, STRINGS AND JACKS WITH DAMPER FELTS
JACK RAIL REMOVED TO VIEW THE JACKS THAT PLUCK THE STRINGS
MY HARPSICHORD PAINTED IN A 2 TONE DORIAN GREY
BEFORE DECORATED WITH HINDELOOPEN - 1976
One of the last pictures before breaking it down for wall decorations
KEYBOARD NATURALS ARE EBONY WOOD
SHARPS AND FLATS COVERED WITH IVORY TOPS
Here are 3 recordings of my instrument.

Scarlatti Sonata K.84 L.10
Scarlatti Sonata K.52 L.267
Scarlatti Sonata K.96 L.465
If you like Scarlatti, send me an email and I'll be happy to send you the complete collection in ZIP file format.  There are 555 Scarlatti Sonatas in midi file format in this zip file which is only 1,401kb.
ALPHONS GUNTHER
5 AMACKASSIN ROAD
BLAIRSTOWN, NJ  07825
(908) 362-9586
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Anyone can build a Harpsichord.  I did it in 1976 after I visited my local library and learned about the 'Zuckermann' harpsichord kit.  I highly recommend you visit their website and learn more about this wonderful instrument.

I began construction in late January of 1976 and completed it early that summer.  Later on, my father Harry, also a musician and piano teacher as well as artist, illustrator, painter and composer, decorated my harpsichord in 'Hindeloopen'

Hindeloopen is an old traditional decorative style, originating in the small village of Hindeloopen, in the Dutch province of Friesland.

It is a lot of fun playing the harpsichord, but it was even greater fun building my instrument.  At one point when the case was put together and it began to look like the resemblance of a harpsichord, one of my friends commented, 'well, if it doesn't work out, you can always make a sailboat out of it'.

I still remember the great excitement when I installed the first string and tested the sound.  'Wow', it sounding better than I hoped for.

Unlike a piano, where the strings are strung over a cast iron metal frame, the harpsichord strings are directly in contact with the soundboard which is much thinner than that of the piano.

Consequently, it needs tuning very often.  In summer time, with high humidity, it wouldn't stay in tune very long and maintaining the playability of the instrument became more and more problematic.

Eventually, the soundboard began to warp and through neglect I am no longer able to play it.  Luckily, I still have some old pictures as well as an old recording of when I used to travel with it and give public performances in various locations.

Luckily I was able to find an old recording of my instrument and although the sound quality isn't the best, nor was the performance, I would like to share a sampling of 3 different pieces, all written by Domenico Scarlatti, and performed December 1977 in Lincroft, NJ
In peak appearance and condition 1983
Fond memories.
Now it is a decorative piece on my  living room wall.