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THE JOHN KOVAC HARP MAKING TRADITION

(John & his traditional 36 String Paraguayan Harp)

John Kovac, Paraguayan Harp, Harp Player, Music, DIY

John Kovac


Greetings & Hola!

 June 2020

I'm Davy Clark, the John Kovac Harps by Davy C website owner, sales agent & harp maker. I am a member of the International Society of Folk Harpers & Craftsmen and am a certified, Level 1 Clinical harpist. And, as a harp maker & previous harp making apprentice under John Kovac, I've had the privilege to get to know John & his wife, Judi (and, their fine canine, Nandu') over the last several years. 

Like so many others, I first found John on YouTube where his prolific number of videos introduced us to the brilliant sounds and performance of the Paraguayan Folk Harp and, so fortunately for all of us, how to make our own Harps! 

The Paraguayan folk harp is quite similar to its cousin, the Celtic (or, Lever) Folk Harp. Both harps can be played in the same manner. Yet, the Arpa Paraguaya (Paraguayan Harp) can also be played in a beautiful style & tradition all its own (check out some AWESOME LINKS above). 

Yet, not only that, John is also a prolific maker, teacher, inventor of harps & various musical gadgetry and other witty inventions.

Read More About John's Tradition of DIY Harping Making

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WHY GO WITH A PARAGUAYAN STYLE FOLK HARP?

Paraguayan Harps have the following advantages when compared to common Celtic folk (lever) harps:

1) Much lighter in weight than similar sized, Celtic lever harps. This advantage is good for children & senior adults who cannot heft around the much heavier, standard folk, lever harps.

2) Are smaller than similar sized, Celtic lever harps. This point means one can carry around a lighter weight harp with a smaller footprint, making it much easier for children & senior adults to handle their harps with far less difficulty. Moreover, this makes clinical harp work much more comfortable carrying harps around in tight institutional spaces with long hallways & stairs to have to deal with.

Plus, a smaller instrument is easier to stow in a car, aircraft or in the living room.

3) String tension is comparatively moderate to light, meaning players can get a louder & fuller sound with less finger pressure. This attribute is suitable for children or beginning adults to learn to play with higher quality sounds more readily. 

4) String spacing is comparatively a bit closer together, making it ideal for children and smaller adult hands to play over the whole sweet spot of the harp. 

See 3 More Important Advantages!

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Passing the Kovac Harpmaking Tradition to a New Generation

New Harps, New & Restored Kits From a Next Generation Harpmaking Shop.

  • Davy C with John Kovac

    John Kovac & Davy C

  • Evening Dinner & Entertainment!

  • Davy C's Harp Making Shop, Production Side

    Davy's Harp Shop, Production Side

  • Davy C's Harp Making Shop, Finishes Side

    Davy's Harp Shop, Finishing Side

  • "Each one, teach one."

  • Davy C working with one of his harp creations

    Davy preparing a 36 String Harp Neck

John Kovac & Davy C

Evening Dinner & Entertainment!

Davy's Harp Shop, Production Side

Davy's Harp Shop, Finishing Side

"Each one, teach one."

Davy preparing a 36 String Harp Neck


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