I have two Italian harpsichords available for rent. Italian instruments produce a strong, sweet, clear sound that projects exceptionally well to an audience, even when playing in ensemble with other instruments. This, plus their relatively easy portability, makes them excellent choices for someone needing to rent an instrument for a performance or recording session.
Both harpsichords have a folding music desk. The legs fasten with bolts into the bottom of the instrument, so both instruments can be shifted without separating from the legs (a depressingly common event with most harpsichords!).
I have one French double harpsichord available for rent. French instruments have a sumptuous and suave tone, less punchy than Italian harpsichords but very lovely to hear.
This instrument has a built-in music desk that folds down against the front edge of the pinblock. The stand is not attached to the instrument, so the harpsichord must be shifted carefully.
Availability of these instruments is subject to their not being needed for my own performing activities. I cannot accommodate long-term rental requests lasting for weeks or months at a time (such as a student needing a practice instrument, for example).
I will deliver and remove the harpsichord to/from the venue, assist with setting up the instrument upon delivery and pack it up upon removal.
I insist upon being present if the instrument has to be relocated (e.g. to another floor or building) to avoid the potential for damage. Clients are permitted to make small positional shifts by themselves to suit their rehearsal or concert setup.
Rental charges vary depending on the exact circumstances, but a short 1-day/overnight rental involving a return trip to one venue might cost about $500 + 13% HST (Harmonized Sales Tax), with surcharges for travel outside the greater Toronto area. One tuning immediately after the instrument is set up (to stabilize the pitch) is included in the rental fee. Rentals involving a longer time frame, or deliveries to multiple venues (such as different rehearsal and concert venues), or requests for me to tune the instrument during the rental period, will be priced accordingly.
A tuning hammer, tool kit and supply of replacement strings and plectra are provided with rented instruments.
Clients must either sign a detailed rental contract or agree to the contract terms via a suitably-worded email.
Clients are financially responsible for damage to rented instruments and must pay to replace any lost items.