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Made of heavy wood frames and vaulted covers, the virginals are a keyboard instrument on a smaller scale than the Harpsichord. Generally without legs, this instrument is placed on a table for playing. Although the mechanism is identical to that of the Harpsichord, there is only one string per key, producing a flute-like single note.
The English Spinet virginals have cypress wood cases, and are beautifully painted with floral motifs. A must for any refined household.
The Flemish double instrument consists of the Muselar virginals (6’ register) and the Ottavino virginals (3’ register) together to allow for a great range of notes. The Ottavino is stored under the soundboard of the Muselar when they are not joined for playing. Inlaid with ivory, mother-of-pearl, or semi-precious stones (these at an additional charge) on the case edges, rails, and battens, the Flemish instruments are tastefully decorated with beautiful paintings of flowers or birds on their soundboards. Truly beautiful to look at, and a delight to the ear!
|English Spinet virginals||£120|
|Flemish double virginals*||£250|
* Financially Well To Do and Financial Abundance Only