Robert L. Edwards, Conductor, Consultant, Photographer

“The Zuckerman single manual harpsichord was built with the help of two friends, Ron and Bob Schacht (whose variety of power saws shaped the innards and his drill press made the essential alignment of the pins in the pin block possible!) during the summer between my junior and senior years of undergrad school. The keys are handcut cherry wood, the case is American walnut, the soundboard is Swiss birch, and the all-important plectra, which determines the string tone, I individually hand shaped from the highest quality leather. And yes, its the same Zuckerman design used for many years by the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera House. My performances of Baroque music were greatly enhanced by its warm, clear, supportive sonority.”

Robert L. Edwards, Harpsichord

“My undergrad dorm room had just enough room for a desk, a bed, the harpsichord and me. It required regular tuning, but not as often as J.S. Bach’s - his harpsichord went out of tune after about 10 minutes of playing time.”

Robert L. Edwards, Harpsichord, Tuning

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