The Harpsichord Project E-book

A Construction Guide for the First Time Builder
Ernest Miller Harpsichords

Builder: Nicolas Piller - Zurich Switzerland

Nicolas lives in Zurich, Sitzerland and works as an IT-developer. He dabbled with woodworking as a youngster and built a soapbox racer modeled after a Bugatti type 35. He played a little piano and saxophone and started to sing in the Fribourg boys choir where he discovered, and started to love, a wide range of music. At a street festival he heard someone playing baroque music on a guitar, and loved the sound which reminded him of a harpsichord. Soon after, he googled 'build harpsichord' and found The Harpsichord Project e-book. He decided to make the construction a long-term project and he spent eleven years on the build.

You cannot help but notice how different the two featured instruments on these pages look. This is as it should be as the taste of the builder should be reflected in the instrument's decorative scheme. You can read more about his harpsichord journey on the Testimonials page of this website.

In the video below, you will notice that the case had not yet been painted but the harpsichord was fully funcional. This was made necessary by supply shortages in Switzerland due to Covid restrictions. The harpsichordist is a fine musician and family friend, Lisette Stoffel. Congratulations to Nicolas for his beautiful work and to Lisette for demonstrating the instrument so beautifully.