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Hello,

My name is Hans Nikolaus Jaegerstatter and I've just joined this group. Years ago I had a Zuckermann straight side harpsichord. I sold that and got a Sassmann, and that was eventually sold too. Recently I acquired a Zuckermann spinet, made from a kit in 1967 or so (with original instruction manual and spare parts!) and I love it. The size is intimate and the sound is bright. Being a small instrument, I find it easy to maintain as well. The veneer on top of the instrument is in bad condition - someone had plants on the lid and there's water damage everywhere. But the interior is actually sound and clean, and the spinet plays nicely, considering the "abuse" and neglect that it suffered over the past few years.

I've done some work in replacing strings, jack felts, plectra, etc., but wondered: does anyone know of new jacks that would fit this spinet? Zuckermann doesn't have an upgrade kit for it, and their regular jacks are too long. The old, original ones have held up, but I think that new "everything" would improve the spinet overall.

Finally, I've seen several Zuckerman straight sided harpsichords (Z-Box) on the internet, but I haven't found any mention or photos of the Zuckerman spinet from the same period. How can this be? Surely I don't have the only one!
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On November 22nd, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Zuckermann
There's one in Connecticut I saw under a pile of garbage.... still there I bet. A slightly smaller and more "angular" version of the normal zbox. Sounded terrible I thought.
On November 25th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Re: Zuckermann
Nothing better to do than trash the positive comments or questions that I made re: my experiences with this spinet? You're a jerk, plain and simple.
I hope you have a nicer spinet or harpsichord than I do, and I hope you put it where I'm envisioning it.
On November 25th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Re: Zuckermann
Hans (I assume you're Hans) pay no attention to this person's comments. I own a Zuckermann Z-box (I realize that yours is a spinet), made in the 60's, and a newer Zuckermann as well. The new instrument is of course the better one. Zuckermann has improved it's harpsichords over the years, but the older one can be a lot of fun too, and the sound isn't bad. It's representative of a particular time in the history of the modern harpsichord. The straight side, though uncommon, IS seen on some early triangular spinets. My Z-box was made by my parents when I was a kid, and I have fond memories of musical gatherings that were held around it. The commentator on your original post said that he saw one "under a rubbish pile", or words to that effect. How one can see what is UNDER a rubbish pile is beyond me. Unless one's been there of course.

Nick Churchill
Boston, Mass.
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