This is a harpsichord made by Claude Jean Chiasson, one of the musicians responsible for the harpsichord revival in the US in the 1950s and 1960s and one of the few harpsichord makers in the US at the time.

Because the instrument was so difficult to find in the US, Chiasson would build his own for performances and then leave them behind at the venue.

Over the years, Chiasson made around 40 harpsichords in a variety of sizes and styles.

His playing can be heard on the album, "Elizabethan Love Songs," which is available on Spotify.

There is an extensive interview with him in Harpsichord, vol. 5, no. 3, Aug -October 1972 which can be found at Archive.org.

This is a piece of harpsichord history and has a long tale to tell. This particular instrument ended up in a barn in Vermont, where the owner used it to store dog food.

It was rescued in the late 1970s, restored, and then stored in the music facility of Bennington College for a couple of decades. It was then housed in the New York performing arts centre, The Kitchen in the 1990s.  Since then, it has traveled from New York to Stockholm to Glasgow.

It is currently non-functioning and needs around some repair work.  The soundboard has a crack that needs to be repaired and the action needs adjustment.

The listed price is simply a guide - please feel free to make an offer.









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Condition:
Non Functioning (Used)
Brand
Claude Jean Chiasson
Model
Single manual harpsichord
Year
1950s
Made In
United States

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Claude Jean Chiasson single manual harpsichord
£1,000GBP
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