1893 text

The harpsichord is an instrument larger than a spinet, with two or three strings to a note.

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Phil   Link to this

According to this 1911 encyclopedia, the harpsichord, harpsicon and double virginals are all either the same or closely related instruments (scroll down): http://5.1911encyclopedia.org/H/HA/HARPY.htm

daniel   Link to this

Harspicon was simply a charming seventeenth century variant spelling of the harpsicord, a keyboard where strings were plucked with plectra.

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