We are honored that Eric has chosen Hubbard to carry on his fine tradition of
instrument making. Herz and Hubbard go back a very long way. It was more than 40 years ago
that Frank Hubbard, William Dowd and Eric Herz huddled around the pot bellied stove in the
original Tremont Street (Boston) shop trying to keep warm and build harpsichords.
These were the pioneers of the revival of early keyboards
in the 20th century. Each eventually went his own way, continuing as friendly competitors
and sending beautifully crafted instruments all over the world. The pride of ownership of
a Hubbard, Herz or a Dowd is their legacy.
Frank Hubbard died in 1976, leaving the Technical Direction
of Hubbard Harpsichords to Hendrik Broekman who had apprenticed with Eric and later came
to work for Hubbard. William Dowd retired some time ago, leaving the care of existing Dowd
instruments in the hands of Tom and Barbara Wolf, former Herz and Hubbard apprentices.
Now, with Eric's retirement, we come full circle; it is in a sense Hubbard and Herz again
as we carry on Eric's fine tradition under the technical direction of Broekman.
We wish Eric a well-deserved full and healthy retirement
and much enjoyment with family and friends and we pledge to provide owners of Herz
instruments complete support for their fine instruments. Please call or write us for
whatever assistance you need.
Diane G. Hubbard