Currently viable crafts


Keyboard instrument making


The making of keyboard instruments such as harpsichords and clavichords. See the separate entries for piano making and organ building.


Status Currently viable
Craft category  Instruments
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised  UK
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required
Current no. of trainees
Current no. of skilled craftspeople
Current total no. of craftspeople  16 businesses (harpsichords)






Local forms




Issues affecting the viability of the craft


Support organisations

  • British Harpsichord Society. The website provides a list of UK harpsichord makers, as well as a list of suppliers of harpsichords in kit form, accounts of building harpsichords from scratch, availability of technical drawings of historic instruments and sources of various materials and accessories.


Craftspeople currently known

The British Harpsichord Society provides the following list of UK makers


Other information