G1 - ITALIAN SINGLE MANUAL HARPSICHORD 'GIUSTI'
BY JAN KALSBEEK
This instrument is inspired by the original harpsichord built in 1679 by Giovan Battista in the Tagliavini Collection.
Apart from his instruments, very little is known about the Italian harpsichord builder Giovanni Baptista Giusti. From inscriptions on instruments by his hand, we know he was born at Lucca. He lived at Ferrara in 1679 and built harpsichords between the years 1676 and 1693.
With its powerful treble and resonant bass, its dry but flexible tone and rich sound it is ideal for the colourful Italian music. It is also very suitable as a continuo instrument.
PITCH : A415/A440
REGISTERS : 8' + 8'