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Stephen Robinson

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Stephen Robinson Spinets
+44 (0)1788 567613

I now concentrate on making and restoring/servicing spinets and in particular, instruments after Thomas Hitchcock of London. These are available to order with a guide price £7,500 according to specification.

These are closely based on the Hitchcock spinet in the Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments, Edinburgh University combined with other Hitchcock spinets.

They are made along traditional lines but with the added benefit of being transposing (playing at A=440 and A=415). Spinets that transpose down through two semitones (A=440, A=415 and A=392) for French Baroque music can be made to order.

Five octave compass GG-g3; 61 notes. One set of strings, 8'.

Case exterior veneered in walnut; interior veneered in figured walnut with ash herringbone inlay like the originals.

The walnut stand is now supplied in a turned design based on an original Hitchcock stand.

Standard keyboards now have bone naturals and 'skunk tail' sharps, or ebony naturals and bone tops to ebony sharps.


Pavana: The Earle of Salisbury & Galiado: William Byrd
Spinet tuned to Equal Temperament at A=415 Recorded at the lunchtime concert in St. Mary's Church, Hinckley on 5th September 2018. Rosemary Robinson: (spinet)

Sonata in G Major op.2 no.6: W. Flackton
Spinet tuned to Equal Temperament at A=415 Recorded at the Rugby Musical Union concert in Rugby School Chapel on 13th January 2018. Laura Robinson: (viola), Rosemary Robinson: (spinet)

Sonata in C from 'Der Getreue Musikmeister': Georg Philipp Telemann
Spinet tuned to Vallotti at A=415. Recorded at Greenwich International Early Music Festival & Exhibition 2014. Laura Robinson (recorder), Rosemary Robinson (spinet)