What's the first thing you ask when you meet a harpsichord builder? In my experience, the most common question is: how did you wind up in such an odd field? For me, the answer is: in a very roundabout way. I started out as a trombonist, then worked as a software engineer, then made harpsichords, and now I'm back in the software world. I've been interested in early keyboard instruments ever since, as a young piano student, I discovered to my astonishment that J.S. Bach did not in fact write for the piano, but for the harpsichord. I first played one in college, and I built my first one from a kit in 2006.