Early Keyboards with Thomas and Barbara Wolf

25

April
2011

 

Wolf fortepiano after Johann Schantz (photo: courtesy of the Wolf Workshop)

Thomas and Barbara Wolf have been building early keyboards—harpsichords and fortepianos—for many decades. They are, without a doubt, two of the finest builders in the world (and perhaps the only married couple).

A recent feature in the Washington Post reveals how in-demand (and costly) their instruments are.

It can take 1,000 hours to build the most intricate fortepiano, and the waiting list for a Wolf instrument is four years. The price tag: $30,000 to $45,000. Some of the world’s great musicians and institutions, from the Juilliard School to the Kennedy Center, own Wolf keyboards.

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