Germany as we know it today didn’t exist during the harpsichord’s heyday – the Baroque era – so the German tradition of harpsichord-building was more or less split into two schools: the north and the south.
- Northern German builders, namely H.A. Hass and Christian Zell, built their instruments in the French and Flemish styles. These harpsichords had two, sometimes three manuals, and at least as many hand stops. The disposition of instruments in this area was often 2 x 8', 1 x 4', but some instruments included a 2' choir (an octave higher than four-foot strings) and a 16' choir (an octave lower than 8-foot pitch).
- Southern German harpsichords resembled those built in Italy: shorter speaking-lengths, strings made of brass, and usually only one manual. Southern German models were rarely powerful enough to be used as solo instruments in a concert setting, but did have a sweet, clear tone like the Italian variety. Influential builders of the area included Gottfried Silbermann and Michael Mietke.
- Johann Sebastian Bach
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (son of J.S. Bach)
- Helmut Walcha
- Maria Antonia Walpurgis von Bayern
- J. Gottlieb Goldberg
► French Harpsichords and “Ravalement”