The clavichord sounds softer and more intimate than the harpsichord, and they were seldom decorated as lavishly as this example. Barthold Fritz of Brunswick (1697-1766) was a highly prolific and inventive builder, who is reputed to have produced over 500 clavichords in his lifetime, as well as constructing musical clocks and mechanical looms. Clavichords made in Germany after about 1740 tended to be larger and slightly louder than earlier versions.