Bruce Haynes


A few years ago, a harpsichord ascribed to Nicholas Lefébure and dated 1755 appeared on the scene. Although it was enthusiastically received, there was a problem with this instrument. It seems its attribution was incorrect; in fact, by some two and a half centuries. Shortly afterwards, its real maker, Martin Skowroneck, published an amusing and sensational article in which he described how he had created an instrument that was so stylistically convincing that harpsichord restorers didn’t hesitate to call it an original...