to make it necessary…to say anything in their praise.”
We can see from the unusually high number of (at least) eight identical instruments which have survived how popular the spinets of Johann Heinrich were even in his lifetime. The spinet of Silbermann is a so-called bentside spinet, a model that was first developed by the Italian Girolamo Zenti.
The NEUPERT copy of a Silbermann instrument made around 1767 (belonging now to the collection of the University of Erlangen) is true to the original even to the smallest detail, from the Sibermann rose with its three entwined letters S, to the hinges shaped like a stylised lily.
Concerning the sound of the Silbermann spinet, the guide of the Historisches Museum Basel writes: “From the long strings – the spine has a length of nearly two meters – and the large area of the soundboard a sound of surprising fullness results, always fascinating our ears.”
- compass of keyboard: F1- f3 (= 5 octaves)
- 8′, lute
- length 195 cm (6’5″)
- width 66 cm (2’2″)
- net weight 38 kg
- transposing device (a1 = 440/415 Hz)
- benches and covers matching the instrument
NEUPERT Spinet “Silbermann”