"My main field of interest is the study of the history, construction, design and functions of harpsichords, virginals, spinets, organs and fortepianos from the period of their first construction to the period around 1820.
Much of my time is spent in the restoration of early keyboard instruments and in the construction of historically-based harpsichords and virginals. In addition I have been involved in consultations with private and public institutions and individuals throughout Western Europe concerning the authenticity and restoration of early keyboard instruments from the historical period.
In the past I have devoted a great deal of time and study to the harpsichords and virginals built by the Ruckers family in Antwerp. But my main field of interest at the moment is the study of Italian keyboard instruments and, in particular, the study of the use of the local unit of measurement in their design and construction. Hence I am also deeply involved in historical metrology and have now collated one of the most extensive data bases of the lengths of the various local units of measurements used in the various centres and regions of the Italian peninsula (see: Geometry and the Unit of Measurement). The two main regions of interest are the sixteenth-century instruments made in Venice and in Naples. " See website for more information. (ed.)
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