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Affordable Paraguayan-Styled Folk Harps & Plans Made in the U.S.A.

Whether you desire an entry-level harp as a student, perhaps, as a harpist looking to upgrade from a tiny, portable or cardboard harp or, are looking for your Forever-Harp, you can find one here, just for you!

"You can play virtually any type of music on these harps, from classical, pop, Celtic, hymns, folk, country, blues, jazz, latin, whatever." - John Kovac, Harpist & Harp-Maker, Harpmaking Made Simple

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* DIY Harp Plans * ParaHarps * Books * Videos * Music * Teaching * Accessories * ParaHarp Strings & Tuners

  • Kovac DIY Harp Plans

    HARP Plans
  • ParaHarps

    ParaHarps
  • Kovac DIY Books

    BOOKS
  • Kovac Music & Videos

    RECORDINGS
  • Harp Accessories

    ACCESSORIES
  • John's Musical Gadgets

    GADGETS

Kovac DIY Harp Plans

HARP Plans

ParaHarps

ParaHarps

Kovac DIY Books

BOOKS

Kovac Music & Videos

RECORDINGS

Harp Accessories

ACCESSORIES

John's Musical Gadgets

GADGETS

Professional Luthier/Maker Reviews of Kovac DIY Harp Designs

John Kovac: "Just a triangle with some strings!"

"John Kovac's approach to harp making is direct, cheerful and simple... Building a harp of his design doesn't require a lot of time or woodworking skills. The brilliant sound of these harps rivals the best that can be found." - John Lozier, Harper, and Harpmaker - https://www.harpingforharmony.org/

"John Kovac's gift is his ability to simplify harp making; making the construction of this most difficult instrument a possibility for many more people." - James Jones, Master Luthier - https://www.jamesjonesinstruments.com/


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All the above background photos are from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, USA, taken in July 2020.

This region is where John Kovac's harp shop was located, until just before he retired from full time harp making.


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John Kovac's Harp Making Tradition

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

John Kovac


Greetings & Hola!

 March 2022:

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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John Kovac plays our new folk harp, the ParaHarp 26


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Why Go with the Paraguayan-Style Folk Harp?

Paraguayan Harps have the following advantages when compared to common North American, folk lever harps:

See John Kovac's short YouTube video on the advantages of the Paraguayan harp here.

1) Much lighter in weight than similar sized 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 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

Keeping alive the DIY Kovac Harp Making Tradition!


"I loved John Kovac's easy DIY harp making approach and the sweet musical tones of his Paraguayan harps so much, when he retired, I bought his company."

- Davy j Clark, Harp Maker & Clinical Harpist, July 2020

  • Davy C with John Kovac

    John Kovac & Davy C

  • John, Judi & Davy

  • Davy's Harp Shop

  • Davy's Harp Shop

  • "Each one, teach one."

  • Davy C working with one of his harp creations

    Davy prepping a 34 String Harp Neck

John Kovac & Davy C

John, Judi & Davy

Davy's Harp Shop

Davy's Harp Shop

"Each one, teach one."

Davy prepping a 34 String Harp Neck


A Small Glimpse Into Making A Harp

We take rough-sawn lumber, finish-mill it at our shop, create the components and put them all together before creating the new harps strings & finally adding the strings. Then, we tune the harp, over & over & over again(!) until its tuning stabilizes.

Did you know, even for this smaller 26 String harp it uses well over 310 components, parts & pieces?

Did you also realize its Paulownia-wood Soundboard is not one piece of lumber but is made of many smaller sections of finely milled, very thin yet, superb tone-wood all connected together as one unit?

  • New Harp Under Construction

  • Creating a Deluxe Soundboard

  • Dry-fitting the Neck, Pillar & Soundbox

  • Fitting String Tuners on a finished Neck

  • Adding Many Strings to a New Harp

  • Tuning Many Strings on a New Harp!

New Harp Under Construction

Creating a Deluxe Soundboard

Dry-fitting the Neck, Pillar & Soundbox

Fitting String Tuners on a finished Neck

Adding Many Strings to a New Harp

Tuning Many Strings on a New Harp!


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