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The Berlin »Bach-Harpsichord«

The so-called »Bach-harpsichord« is a relic among the instruments of the Berlin Musikinstrumenten-Museum. According to legend, the instrument was once owned by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, who is said to have inherited it from his father, Johann Sebastian, but there is no proof of the story. The instrument was most likely made by a member of the Harrass family from Großbreitenbach in Thuringia.

Due to the aura of the name Bach and the undisputed high quality of the instrument, the »Bach-harpsichord« served as a standard in the first half of the 20th century and was copied frequently. At the Musikinstrumenten-Museum, two copies of the instrument were made only recently by Horst Rase and Thomas Lerch. They are supposed to come as close as possible to the original - which is not playable any more - with regard to material, mechanics and sound. Furthermore, the copies represent two historical states of the »Bach-harpsichord«, which has been altered fundamentally by repairs and extensions for several times.

Bach-harpsichord, Cat.-No. 5614 (Flash)