Clavichord Maker
291 Sprowston Mews, Forest Gate
London E7 9AE, England
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8519 1170


I regret to announce that this workshop must now close, after 35 years of operation. The sale of drawings and clavichord tools will cease forthwith, and I can no longer accept orders for overwound or twined strings or other services. There will be a final disposal of completed instruments later this year: click here for details. The same page will contain details of equipment for sale, if any. Anyone interested in continuing the work of clavichord making, or buying remaining stocks of wood and wire, is invited to contact me.

This web-site will remain live, and all the existing reference material and links will be maintained. I hope to add further items of research in due course.

Better news perhaps: the third, revised edition of my book Clavichord Tuning and Maintenance is now available: click here for details.






PETER BAVINGTON was born in 1941 and educated in London and Exeter. After working for many years as a Civil Servant, he decided in 1982 on a complete change of career and enrolled at the London College of Furniture (now London Metropolitan University), where he studied early keyboard instruments under Lewis Jones. In 1985 he obtained his Higher National Diploma in Musical Instrument Technology with distinction in every unit.

He then spent two years working with John Rawson before founding his own London workshop, making and restoring harpsichords, clavichords and fortepianos. In addition to individual musicians, his customers have included the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Hochschule der Künste Berlin. As well as making instruments, Peter undertakes historical and acoustic research, and is a regular participant in international organological conferences. He is a founder member and past Chairman of the British Clavichord Society.

For the past twenty-five years, Peter has focussed mainly on the clavichord; he believes that to produce a really responsive clavichord is the supreme challenge for a keyboard instrument maker.

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The clavichord for pianists. Clare Hammond has recently started experimenting with the clavichord. In this video, she explains how it has influenced her approach to playing the piano.

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last update June 2020