The 18th cen­tury clock in the saloon is one of many or­na­men­tal pieces.

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to the harp­si­chords, but while the jacks on a harp­si­chord are sit­u­ated out­side the sound­board area, the rec­tan­gu­lar shape of a vir­ginal means that the jacks must rise through small aper­tures in the sound­board. Vis­i­tors can press a but­ton to hear the sound of the vir­ginal be­ing played.

In the mu­sic room, Alec hung portraits of com­posers and mu­si­cians, many of which are his own works of art. He painted the walls pink­ish brown with mar­bled col­umns, giv­ing the room a much warmer feel than its pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tion as a white school room. There’s an or­gan on the op­po­site wall. The Cobbes fre­quently use this room for con­certs, with over 50 con­certs tak­ing place here ev­ery year, all us­ing in­stru­ments from the Cobbe col­lec­tion.

above. This room was orig­i­nally de­signed by Robert Adam as Ad­mi­ral Boscawen’s din­ing room, but it’s now used as a pic­ture gallery.

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