The soundboard does not have a rose, although that decorative device is fairly common on Italian harpsichords.
The very thin sides of the virginal are held together at the corners by blocks, and the soundboard is supported by a lining.
We now arrive at this joining of the wood for the soundboard, and the glue to be used must be of the best.
The two ribs are attached to the underside of the soundboard in the positions indicated.
On the soundboard appears the Latin inscription Vita brevis, ars longa.
The wrest plank is veneered with cypress, giving the appearance that the soundboard extends over it.
The bridges served to direct the course of the strings and to conduct the sound waves to the soundboard.
Figure 10 shows the layout of ribs, bridges, and strings on the soundboard.
The 1760 date is painted on the left side of the soundboard.
Guitar or pizzicato notes are obtained by twanging the strings sharply at the lower end near the soundboard with the nails.