Johannes Player Spinet

Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by Johannes (John) Player in London, England, around 1675-1699. It is bentside spinet with a compass of GG/BB - d3, and a disposition of 1 x 8’. This spinet has a spruce soundboard with ebony naturals and ivory accidentals. The nameboard is inscribed: "Johannes Player Fecit."
The inseparable case is made of stained wood and has a cover attached with three simple brass hinges. The separate trestle stand is made of made of wood with plain legs.
The spinet was a popular domestic keyboard instrument in England and America during the 18th century. A household that could not afford or did not have room for a full-sized harpsichord or organ, the spinet became the keyboard of choice.
There is an example of a Player spinet in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Player, John
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
instrument: 7 1/4 in x 58 3/4 in x 23 5/8 in; 18.415 cm x 149.225 cm x 60.0075 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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