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made by Grant O'Brien
Ruckers spinett virginal
This is a drawing of the mother part of the mother and child virginal in the Castello Sforzesco, Milan. This is one of the few surviving spinett virginals which pluck nearer to the nut (like a harpsichord) rather than about one-third of the way along the string as the muselar virginals do.
The instrument is attributed to Ioannes Ruckers and dated about 1599 on stylistic bases as well as from the serial number written on various part of the instrument.