Welcome to Thomas Power Harpsichords, makers of fine instruments intended for players who appreciate the touch and sound of traditional harpsichords and those wishing to approximate as closely as possible an authentic (beautiful!) historically accurate performance.
Our harpsichords come from a passion for Baroque music and a love for the truth. After the study of the original instruments and building techniques, we have thoughtfully adapted some some specific aspects of the instruments to more fully fit them to the needs of the modern player, but at the same time remaining as close as possible to the originals, thereby retaining the characteristics (technical and musical) that make those instruments so revered.
The accurate and informed choice of woods, the development of highly accurate building methods and the applied knowledge from many years of research and experimentation give our harpsichords a very high degree of stability, consistently precise action and tuning. This combines with an unmistakably rich, dark and beautiful sound
Our comitment is to make keyboard instruments that sound and look as close as possible to the originals, trying to reproduce techniques from the past, and listening very carefully to the instruments as they come together. Each instrument will have slightly different tendancies and character and one must listen in order to make the most of the best of these characteristics. The instruments are made almost entirely from raw materials, with very few exceptions, in order to retain as much control as possible over the final look and, most importantly, sound of the instrument.
It is also very important to take into account that, very often, people who buy a harpsichord from us need an instrument that is suitable for a wide repertioire. For this reason, we will, on request, build our reproduction instruments with wider compass, standard diapason and/or derlin plectra.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at our addresses or via email for any further questions and, of course, you are very welcome to visit us at the workshop on the Prinsen Eiland in the beautiful city of Amsterdam!