I commend to your attention this short documentary on a superb three manual Hass:
Beautiful. From the recording it seems to sound better than the Puyana original (which I don’t know where is at the moment, I only know it was sold at an auction some years ago).
I don’t like the original so much, even though a renowned harpsichordist who did play it in Puyana’s house has told me its real life sound is much better. The Goble-Gotto copy tone seems beautiful. The 16’ solo is good as well, no?
I have heard quite a few recordings of modern 16’ harpsichord stops and found their sound mostly awful. This one is a very interesting exception: the excellent sound quality, both alone and mainly in combination, is probably achieved by avoiding “covered/overspun” strings as much as possible (a movie frame shows clearly that only the lowest six strings are overspun).
By the way: excellent idea to use the magnificent CPE Bach’s Folies as an example! (Although we all are aware that, with original dynamic markings p, f and ff in Var. 8 and the very late date, this is clearly a piece conceived not just for the unfretted clavichord but most likely for the fortepiano).
Are there commercial recordings on this instrument? It is the most successful 16’ I have heard. Who owns the beast?
Whoever owns it, I hope they have a permanent maintenance technician. It sounds fabulous.
I listened to the video right after Andrew posted the link and was impressed by everything about the instrument — and particularly the sound of the 16′. But I was listening through very small speakers attached to my computer, so I didn’t quite trust what I thought I heard. But reactions from others confirm my impression of the sound quality.
This is definitely the best-sounding 16′ I have heard, either on recordings or in person. As an undergrad I played a Herz Model F owned by the college. I scarcely ever used the 16′ because it tended to muddy the waters, so to speak.
You can hear what one of the bottom notes of the 16foot (overspun strings) sounds like (muddy) in the very last note of the d’Anglebert Prelude at 2:01: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCa5Fziv8M4