|Storrs Bentside Spinet - John Kilpatrick||
A 5-octave English Bentside Spinet with painted finish, made from a John Storrs kit.
The kit was obtained from someone who, having assembled the case, did not want to proceed further. Not being under time pressure, I added my own touches to the basic design, principally:
- cutting a moulding into the case top, and fitting a case-bottom moulding strip,
- making and fitting special brass hinges and a soundboard rose,
- doubling the number of hitchpins to provide one per note,
- fitting woollen cloth to keyboard and jack rails to reduce the action noise,
- and, quite unauthentically for an English spinet, decorating in a more-or-less Flemish style.
I am not aware of any other spinet like this - the decoration, I mean.
Storrs Kits are no longer made. This kit is thought to have been made, and the case started, around 20 years ago. I completed the instrument over a period of about 18 months, in 2011-2013, taking around 375 recorded hours.
Body: poplar, painted with Sanderson's Midnight Blue, thinly coated with acrylic varnish; keyboard well and mouldings varnished in shellac or polyurethane.
Lid and Soundboard-well papers by Grant O'Brien.
Lid motto: PRO OMNIBVS VNVM (pro omnibus unum), indicating that one sound or one set of strings* must serve for everything.
* what the "one" refers to is unspecified, hence the use of the neuter case.
Dimensions; 175cm length x 66cm depth x 83cm height with lid closed (130cm with lid open).
Range: 5 octaves FF - f3, chromatic (no FF#), strung in brass and steel.
Stand: poplar trestle stand, varnished; this can be disconnected and dismantled, using an Allen key.
Keys: ebony naturals and sharps, sharps topped with bone slips.
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|The spinet open.
The wall-space required is a little more than that for an upright piano.
|The spinet closed. Hinges hand-made from brass sheet.
This picture gives quite a good impression of the actual case colour.
|Front, showing the music desk and the lid-stick; both can be stowed in the instrument when the lid is shut.
Colour reproduction not very good.
|Part of keyboard, and the name-plate.|
|The soundboard rose in gilded beech; painted flowers representing the names of my wife's grandfather and his daughters: "Jacob Maurer" (daffodil), Violet, Lily, Rose, Iris, & Marguerite; border of Rosemary (my wife's middle name).|
|Flap hinge. There are three of these.
Colour inaccurate - the paint is somewhat darker..
|Lid hinge, showing loose pin for lid removal. There are three of these.