Music: Man from Ypsilanti

The maker of the finest U.S. harpsichords was back last week in Ypsilanti, Mich., full of happy memories. Wiry, black-haired John Chain's had vastly enjoyed a holiday season of harpsichordery in Manhattan. But he was anxious to get to work.

The U.S. enthusiasts for harpsichord music are a small, fervent, growing body. John Challis is probably the only man in the world who, despite war, continues to manufacture the instrument.* Like most people interested in harpsichords, he is irritated by the lay notion that the instrument is a sort of Pleistocene piano. The true ancestor of the piano...

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