A clavichord is a European keyboard made with strings that use touch-controlled dynamics. Like a guitar and a violin, it requires a unique fingering and striking mechanism to vary the pitches and tones of a note. It is stable, portable, and very easy to maintain.
Types of Clavichords
Kinds of Clavichords include the following:
The fretted clavichord is the earliest type of clavichord.
It is made with strings that produce several notes when pressed and stroke in different places.
It works like other fretted musical instruments such as the guitar and the violin.
It has fewer strings to tune.
It has a soundboard that requires less tension but produces a louder sound.
It cannot play two notes in the same string set at the same time; it can only play the higher note.
A double-fretted clavichord is designed to play two notes at the same time.
It plays note pairs not usually played together such as C with C sharp or F with F sharp.
It is a powerful instrument that can play most of Bach’s compositions.
It is ideal for playing wide repertoire.
An unfretted clavichords is also known as a bundfrei model.
It does not require fingering motions because its strings do not need to be pressed and stroked.
It is ideal for playing classical and romantic themes in which the legato style is prominent.
It plays notes that already have their own pair of strings. The notes are completely independent of the keys being played.
It has more strings to tune.
It has a broad and heavy structure that can withstand the additional tension caused by the additional strings
Choosing Clavichords (Buying tips)
Flexibility: For greater versatility and flexibility, choose a double-manual clavichord, a unit where one clavichord is stacked on top of another. It is cheaper and more convenient than purchasing two separate clavichords.
Strings: Look for a clavichord made with brass wire strings that provide excellent tone, volume, and yielding degree for intonation control.