** In Memoriam: Maestro John G. Kovac, Our Founder & Mentor, 11/1945 to 7/2022 **

Kit - Harpune Harp, 26 Strings

John Kovac Harps by Davy C

Regular price $243.00

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Build your own John Kovac-designed 26 String Paraguayan-styled folk harp, the Harpune from our full plans & kit set. (You provide wood, finishes, etc.)

Includes full-sized cut-out templates with instructions & specifications for each harp!


The original Kovac model Harpune is a Paraguayan-inspired, lightweight & compact 26-string folk harp with beautiful tone & lighter string tension. This basic version consists of the harp's body with an open back & no legs or feet. We provide the complete plans, instructions & specifications, and hardware & strings while you provide the wood from the local lumber or big box stores and from online resources, respectively.

The harp's scale starts at its low C and ends about 3.5 Octaves above it (G).

Plans with Full-Sized templates are included. And, we include a supplemental instructional DVD format to assist in assembly using your own provided, choice woods. The DVD also has a section on tuning and playing by ear. The DVD is not necessary in order to make your harp.

The harp is simple to put together & can be assembled in about a day or so using basic hand tools. Stringing & tuning will take several hours more. Surface finishing could take a day or two longer, depending on your chosen finish & method of application.

The HARPUNE also comes with an optional simple plan to achieve sharps and flats, called Taquitos are small dowels set behind certain strings to achieve the semitones. If chosen to be used, they should be installed a few weeks after the harp has settled in.


See John Kovac's classic Harpune Construction Video on YouTube. 

Video demo #1 of John Kovac playing his Harpune harp creation.

Video demo #2 of John Kovac playing his Harpune harp.


The Harpune Harp set includes:

  • Complete Kit Plans contain Full-Sized Templates Page, Instructions, & DVD
  • Kit Parts include:
    • 26 Nylon Mono-filament Strings
    • 26 String Beads (for knots)
    • 26 Sound Board String Grommets
    • 26 Tuning Machines, Chrome settings, White Knobs
    • 1 Nut & Bolt
    • 6 Side Screws
    • 2 Long Neck Screws
    • 16-20 Brads, 1"
    • 2 Rubber Feet with Screws
    • 1 String Winder
    • Complete Kit Plans contain Full-Sized Templates Page, Instructions, & DVD.
    • The customer provides all wood, finishes, glues, non-standard hardware if necessary, assembly, etc.
  • Electronic Note e-Tuners are available at an optional cost.


     Samples of plans & included kit materials:

    Hardware below may show optional parts, etc.


    Optional Tuner is shown below:

    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.

    Please note our shipping policy for all products:  S/H Policy


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    If you make a mistake on your harp, 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!