Build your own Kovac model 22 String PVC pipe folk harp, the PVC Piper Harp.
Please note our shipping policy for all kits:S/H Policy
This kit is for the DIY PVC Piper Harp project where you provide the PVC pipe & we provide the instructions, strings & hardware.
This harp has 22 specially colored-coordinated strings designed just for the PVC Piper harp.
This is a relatively fast and easy project to make a fun, experimental harp with very little upfront expense. The kit's plans include Full-Sized templates.
The kit 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 hereon YouTube.
Video of John Kovac playing La Empalisada on his PVC Piper Harp creation can be found here on YouTube.
22 Mono-filament Harp Strings using Dupont's Tynex brand
22 String Beads (for knots)
22 Tuning Machines (Choose Chrome, Black, or optional Economy*)
6 Screws and nuts for the legs
1 String Winder
Written instructions “The Incredible PVC Piper Harp” include Full-Sized Templates
“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) a first Lesson on the PVC Piper Harp & 3) a demonstration Tune of John play his PVC Piper Harp.)
The customer provides all PVC pipes, finishes, glues, assembly, etc.
An optional Electronic Guitar Tuner is available to assist you with your initial string tuning & keeping your harp in tune thereafter.
See John Kovac's YouTube video about putting together the PVC Piper Harp & hear him play it.
Also, see John Kovac's other, optional PVC Piper Harp CD & Videos available for purchase or online viewing:
The CD "The East Coast PVC Band" is where all the band's instruments are made from PVC with John Kovac's own musical PVC instrument inventions.
The classic PVC Harp Video, "How to Play the PVC Piper Harp by Ear
Economy tuners typically experience an expected failure rate of 15% or more, on average, during the first months (or longer) after installation & use. They are far less expensive & easier to afford but require exacting installation & careful use. Economy tuners are provided especially for beginners on budgets.
As necessary, over time, if a tuning mechanism drive gear gets damaged on your harp, you can use a spare tuner or buy a separate tuner mech and just use the parts from it like the drive gear alone. Economy tuner mechanisms are very quick and easy to change out if necessary.
We recommend using our Standard string tuning mechanisms, especially if this is your first harp project or if you are not mechanically inclined (regardless of how many years you may have worked with wood). Economy tuners can save some cost upfront but require much greater care in their installation and ongoing use.
We provide a tuner care document to help you get the best out of your economy tuner purchase. See this link.
If you make a mistake on your kit, even if not caused by us, please, notify us right away and we will see how we can help you to complete your kit 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 kit-building process after the purchase, either. Let's work together!