** All of our Harps, Plan Sets & Strings are developed, designed, custom hand-made & assembled in the U.S.A. ** Buy Local! **


See the following links for helpful resources on building, maintaining, setting up & tuning your harp.

Free 3rd Party PDF Readers: (Adobe Acrobat Reader & Foxit PDF Reader)

DIY Kovac Harp Materials, Tools & String Lists: (6 Separate Pages)

* For the above 3 Paraguayan Folk Harps, ignore the string diameters suggested in the "Harpmaking Made Simple" book. John Kovac later updated those parameters to what is now found in the above documents. (Adjust all string hole & grommets sizes proportionally.)

Materials Resources:

  • Wood, glues, surface finishes, tools, hardware, etc: Any "Big Box" home & lumber stores (Lowes, Home Depot, etc.) &/or national lumber stores (84 Lumber, etc.). Harbor Freight is good for inexpensive tools if you are making only a single harp.
  • Harp Strings, Grommets, etc: We highly recommend only Vermont Strings. They maintain on file, string parameters for each Kovac harp.
  • String Tuning Mechanisms: We highly recommend only C.B. Gitty.

** If you desire to make your harp's Soundboard from superior "Paulownia" quartersawn wood instead of Sitka Spruce (as we do for our ParaHarps), we highly recommend either:

  • David Sutton, (423) 278-8891, http://www.paulowniasource.com, Tennesee, USA
  • Danny Blickenstaff, MT. HOPE FARMS, (301) 790-2372, Maryland, USA

Supplemental PDF Document Set: (11 Pages)

  • Harp Resources & Links
  • Mandatory & necessary Harp Tuning Mechanism modifications
  • Detailed string paths
  • Attaching strings to your harp & winding
  • Optional Tuning Modifications for your harp (making tuning life easier)

ParaHarp Folk Harp:

How to Tune Your Harp

How to Tie a Knot on Your Harp Strings (At the Soundboard)

Middle C Finder (Traditional C4)

Updated 2020 String Charts for Kovac Harps