The present sample set was recorded in Barcelona on the original Christian Zell 1737 Harpsichord at the Museu de la Música de Barcelona - http://www.museumusica.bcn.es/ under the supervision from the Restaurator, Joan Martí i Llobet, the Conservator Oriol Rossinyol and co-workers from the Museum in col·laboration with the Escola Superior de Música de Barcelona www.esmuc.cat - Sonology Department.
Thanks to: Dr. Jaume Ayats (Museum), Dr. Josep Borràs (Esmuc) and Dr. Enric Guaus (Sonology dep.) for the support and permission to make the necessary sample recordings. Oriol Rossinyol and Manel Barcons for his help on the whole recording process.
Christian Zell (or Zelle) (c. 1683 – 13 April 1763) was a German harpsichord maker.
He was probably a pupil of harpsichord maker Michael Mietke. The first mention of him is in 1722 in the register of citizens of Hamburg, the city where he was to spend the rest of his life. In that year, he took over the workshop of instrument maker Carl Conrad Fleischer after marrying his widow; they had three children.
There are three of his harpsichords surviving: a 1728 instrument in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; a 1737 instrument in the Museu de la Música de Barcelona; and a 1741 instrument in the Museum of the Organeum in Weener, Lower Saxony. They are noted for the richness of their decoration, with lacquered chinoiserie typical of Hamburg harpsichords, and most significantly, their 'matchless tone'.
Note that the Lute stop is mounted on the 8-I stop, in reality they cannot be played together, also if the software this permits.
There are two downloads provided: one with the original tuning (a=415) and temperament (MeanTone 1/5 comma), another converted to equal tempered at a=440 so you can via software apply other tunings and temperaments.