Profession harpsichord maker

Harpsichord makers create and assemble parts to make harpsichords according to specified instructions or diagrams. They sand wood, tune, test and inspect the finished instrument.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Tuning techniques

    Tuning pitches and techniques and musical temperaments for the various instruments.

  • Musical instruments

    The different musical instruments, their ranges, timbre, and possible combinations.

  • Metalworking

    The process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large-scale structures.

  • Woodturning

    Process of shaping wood on a lathe and its types, namely spindle turning and faceplate turning.

  • Musical instruments materials

    The characteristics of composite materials, felts, glues, leathers and skins, metals and precious metals, woods and wood derivatives to create musical instruments.

Skills

  • Sand wood

    Use sanding machines or hand tools to remove paint or other substances from the surface of the wood, or to smoothen and finish the wood.

  • Repair musical instruments

    Attach new strings, fix frames or replace broken parts of musical instruments.

  • Decorate musical instruments

    Create designs on musical instruments by using methods such as embossing, piercing, painting, woodworking, weaving, and other methods.

  • Create smooth wood surface

    Shave, plane and sand wood manually or automatically to produce a smooth surface.

  • Join wood elements

    Bind wooden materials together using a variety of techniques and materials. Determine the optimal technique to join the elements, like stapling, nail, gluing or screwing. Determine the correct work order and make the joint.

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

  • Create musical instrument parts

    Design and create parts such as keys, reeds, bows, and others for musical instruments.

  • Maintain musical instruments

    Check and maintain musical instruments.

  • Tune keyboard music instruments

    Tune any parts of keyboard musical instruments that are off-key, by using various tuning techniques.

  • Apply a protective layer

    Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.

  • Restore musical instruments

    Restore old musical instruments to their original condition and conserve them in that state.

  • Produce harpsichord components

    Choose the appropriate materials and tools, and build the components of musical instruments such as harpsichords, clavichords or spinets. Create components such as sound boards, jacks, strings and keyboards.

  • Assemble musical instrument parts

    Assemble parts together such as the body, strings, buttons, keys, and others to create the final musical instrument.

Optional knowledge and skills

design musical instruments select restoration activities dye wood history of musical instruments conservation techniques organic building materials 3d modelling evaluate restoration procedures stain wood acoustics play musical instruments verify product specifications trade in musical instruments identify customer's needs estimate value of musical instruments apply restoration techniques estimate restoration costs technical drawings musical instrument accessories pass on trade techniques