Johann Heinrich Silbermann (Strasbourg 1727-1799) was the youngest son of Andreas Silbermann. In 1782 Johann Nikolaus Forkel, the first biographer of Johann Sebastian Bach wrote “His instruments are too well known in the world of music
to make it necessary…to say anything in their praise.”
We can see from the unusually high number of (at least) eight identical instruments which have survived how popular the spinets of Johann Heinrich were even in his lifetime. The spinet of Silbermann is a so-called bentside spinet, a model that was first developed by the Italian Girolamo Zenti.
The NEUPERT copy of a Silbermann instrument made around 1767 (belonging now to the collection of the University of Erlangen) is true to the original even to the smallest detail, from the Sibermann rose with its three entwined letters S, to the hinges shaped like a stylised lily.
Concerning the sound of the Silbermann spinet, the guide of the Historisches Museum Basel writes: “From the long strings – the spine has a length of nearly two meters – and the large area of the soundboard a sound of surprising fullness results, always fascinating our ears.”
compass of keyboard: F1- f3 (= 5 octaves)
length 195 cm (6’5″)
width 66 cm (2’2″)
net weight 38 kg
transposing device (a1 = 440/415 Hz)
benches and covers matching the instrument
NEUPERT Spinet “Silbermann”
keyboard compass: C-f3 (= 4 1/2 Oktaven)
length 127 cm (4′ 2″), width 68 cm (2’3″), net weight 35 kg
The name of this newly designed NEUPERT “Zenti” spinet is a homage to the famous Italian Girolamo Zenti, the first to have built this special type of instrument (“bentside spinett”) in 1637. With the “Zenti” spinet NEUPERT has met customers’ demands for a musically versatile instrument at a reasonable price which can be easily transported.
The new NEUPERT “Zenti” spinet is characterised by:
a large compass although the instrument is only 148 cm long and has a weight of only 31 kg
standard features include a buff-stop and a transposing arrangement (to shift from a1 = 415 Hz to a1= 440 Hz).
the unique possibility to use the music desk with the lid either closed or open
a number of features found in historical instruments such as wooden jacks and Delrin plectra
a reasonable price thanks to the rediscovered historical production methods
NEUPERT’s application of its experience as the world’s oldest maker of historical keyboard instruments
keyboard compass: A1- f3 (= 4 3/4 octaves)
8′, lute, transposing device
length 148 cm (4’10”)
width 62 cm (2′)
net weight 31 kg
case: painted in the colours of the NEUPERT samples, with gold-coloured banding, oder oak nature glazed (school version)