Harpsichord after Ruckers, grand ravalement, double-manual

The most extensive reworking of a Ruckers harpsichord is found in the 'grand ravalement'. Here the much sought-after Ruckers harpsichords in France were radically rebuilt, so that in the end often not much more than the (widened) soundboard of the original Ruckers instrument was preserved. Even if the typical Ruckers sound could no longer be preserved, many of these extensions, for example by Blanchet or Taskin, are nevertheless convincingly successful in their own way and show the French sound ideal of the 18th century. Ultimately, the instruments have survived only because of these extensions.