The muselar with its distinctive fluty treble and the snarling
arpicordum is a unique window into the
musical sound-world of another time. Our version is decorated with the
faux marbre exterior and block printed
paper interior familiar in paintings by Vermeer and others.
The lid is further adorned with Latin mottos. The soundboard is
painted in the traditional style. The keyboard has bone naturals,
with parchment arcades, and black oak accidentals. A high trestle
stand with four turned legs is standard. A fancy balustrade stand
is optional. These instruments are normally played standing or
sitting on a high stool.
The keyboard range has been extended with the addition of the low F# and G# as split keys to the short octave; essential for playing much Elizabethan music.