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Clavichord

ClavichordA stringed musical Instrument with a Keyboard. The sound is produced by metal tangents (blades) striking the string and acting as an end point (Nut) of the string with which it maintains contact as long as the key is depressed. Unlike the Harpsichord which is plucked, the Clavichord can produce variations in volume by pressing harder or softer. Also unlike the Harpsichord, the Clavichord can be made with any number of strings (or courses) from one-per-key to just one string (monochord). The notes are played by fretting strings at different positions with the tangents. If the notes which are rarely played together are combined on the same string then the instrument can achieve a compromise of Polyphony against ease and economy of construction.