John G. Seal
French Double-manual kit #2276
San Diego, California.
His comments in letter dated October 24, 1997:
"I certainly am more than pleased with the very lively and lush sound of the
instrument. My instrument, I feel, very favorably compares with any
"classically" built instruments that I have played such as Dowd, Wm. Post Ross,
Keith Hill, etc. We have the opportunity in San Diego through the San Diego Harpsichord
Society to visit local owners' homes for a "potluck and play," so I have been
able to play several different types and styles of harpsichords and #2276 does very well,
"Building the instrument was a very thrilling experience. It took
me about one year to complete it, even though the kit was ordered with the rim and
wrestplank assembled. However, having built the instrument, I certainly know how to
maintain it! The instrument is very remarkable for holding its tuning. We sometimes travel
for a month or more, and find that the instrument is still in tune (except for the treble
end of the 4') when we return. I use a Korg MT-1200 tuner and find that I only have to
touch up the harpsichord a couple of times a month.... Since the instrument is such fun to
play and hear, maintenance sometimes gets delayed. Actually, since it was first put in
playing order ( about 1 1/2 years ago), I have not really had to do any regulation on it!
It has been a very stable instrument."
"All in all, I am very pleased with the sound, the look, and the
attention to the classical detailing that I find on my instrument. I think that it is a
wonderful instrument and well worth the time and effort that I put in to create it."
"I have christened it 'Sebestian.'"