Kovac PVC Piper Harp Plans
John Kovac Harps by Davy C
Using our full plans set, build your own original John Kovac model PVC Piper Harp, a 22 String Paraguayan-styled folk harp.
The PVC Piper Harp plans are a complete set of plans with full-sized, cut-out templates & assembly instructions and include the “Pipe Dreams” Enhanced CD with harp video (Includes 16 audio tunes of John playing on his PVC Piper Harp and 3 videos of 1) Assembly, 2) the first Lesson on the PVC Piper Harp & 3) a demonstration Tune of John play his PVC Piper Harp.)
Plans-only sets do not come with PVC, strings, glues, or hardware. However, we include a list of materials needed including a list of suppliers where one might get strings, string tuning mechanisms, hardware, PVC, etc.
However, while we no longer provide new kit strings & hardware, we provide replacement strings, string sets & string tuning machines for pre-existing harps.
The PVC Piper Harp's Description
This harp has 22 treble strings.
This is a relatively fast and easy project to make a fun, experimental harp with very little upfront expense. The plans include Full-Sized templates.
The harp is simple to put together & can be assembled in about a day or two using basic hand tools. Stringing & tuning will take more time.
See John Kovac's Video demonstration of the PVC Piper Harp here on YouTube.
See this video of John playing one of his own PVC Piper Harps.
A video of John Kovac playing La Empalisada on his PVC Piper Harp creation can be found here on YouTube.
See John Kovac's YouTube video about putting together the PVC Piper Harp & hear him play it.
The PVC Piper Harp requires the following components, parts & pieces:
- Various PVC Pipe, Elbows, etc., & Glue
- 22 Nylon Monofilament Strings
- 22 String Beads (for knots)
- Optionally, 22 String Grommets
- 22 String Tuning Machines for Standard Acoustic Guitars
- All Necessary Hardware per plans
- Rubber Feet with Screws
- 1 String Winder
- Electronic Note e-Tuners are highly recommended. (It is not a good idea to use a piano to tune your harp.)
The PVC Piper Harp Plans
Example of PVC Harp:
- Included Enhanced CD:
- Other PVC Piper Harp DVDs & CDs available for purchase:
Also, Go to Davy's Harp Resources for resources to build your harp.
Note: These plans are offered in their as-is, original & historic format. Some easy, linear extrapolation of the templates may be required at a few points. See our notice here.
For plans for the traditional John Kovac 22, 29 & 36 String Paraguayan-style folk harps, see his classic, DIY harp-making book, Harpmaking Made Simple.
If you make a mistake on your Kovac harp creation, even if not caused by us, please, notify us right away and we will see how we can help you to complete your harp anyway. You never know how we might be able to help you, which is our goal; for you to be successful in your harp building & playing! We won't abandon you in your harp building process after the purchase, either. Let's work together!