Mr. Cates - Is this interesting Ammer instrument scaled and strung
for brass, or for iron?
As I wrote privately, 'tis interesting to see the Ammer name join
those of Neupert and Wittmeyer in a new generation moved far beyond
the era of factory instruments.
To speak of which - I'm not at all convinced that a four-octave
C-c"' range is a grave handicap nor obsolete or even obsolescent,
per se. When that sage of the Modern Harpsichord Mr.Way added the
extra two top notes to his little "Flemish" scheme it added a bit
to its usefulness, but with a short octave varied PRN there are
surprizingly few problems. Indeed, before Way expanded the Zucker
design, single and double "kits," to 56 notes chromatic, he made
one or two doubles with the 52-note short octave bass ... as,
indeed, I seem to recollect that Dowd made at one time. Seems like
an attractive idea to me.
Heisenberg may have tuned here.