|Although harpsichord-making in Germany goes back to
the early 1500's, few early examples have survived. Indeed, in Germany the
clavichord seems to have been substantially more popular of the two instruments.
The German harpsichord builders (Hass, Mietke, Silbermann, Vater, etc) made both single and double-manual instruments which followed continental practice in range and disposition with an important exception; the German builders occasionally used 16' stops (and 2' stops, for that matter). The 16' choirs added a dramatic additional sound to the instrument, but in spite of a misguided revival effort to standardize on such a configuration, the standard double, then as today, remains 2x8',1x4'.
Note the typical double-curved bentside.