Goermans/Taskin, 1763/84

The Goermans/Taskin harpsichord, to be found in the Russell Collection in Edinburgh , is a splendid example of the fully mature French harpsichord, as developed by Taskin and others in the latter half of the 18 th century. With its generous sound, combining a singing treble, resonant tenor and sonorous bass, and a light and responsive action, it is not surprising that this type of late French instrument enjoys continuing popularity.

Impressive in appearance as well as sound, there are many stylish possibilities of decoration. My standard scheme is illustrated here, with other more elaborate schemes on the ‘Gallery’ page.

A single-manual version is also available


Range FF – f3, transposing A415 – 440

Double: lower 8′, 4′, buff
upper 8′
shove coupler

Single: 2 x 8′, buff, optional 4′

Keyboards Ebony naturals with boxwood arcades, bone-topped ebony accidentals
Decoration  Painted in one or two colours, with gold bands to the outside of the case, supported by a simple turned trestle stand, painted and gilded en suite. Many other schemes of decoration are available, as are table stands in Louis XV or XVI styles, soundboard decoration, lid paintings.

Double: 93” x 36” (236 x 92cm)

Single: 88” x 36” (223 x 92cm)


Soundboard decoration from
Table stands from
Lid painting from

Goermans/Taskin - Royer ' L'Incertaine '

by Gary Cooper