What Our Customers Are Saying

    (All testimonies published by permission from our customers)


    G.D., IL, USA, Email, March 2021:

    From a DIY Maker of a Kovac Paraguayan model 36 String Harp Kit done in 2010:

    [Luan multiply Soundboard; Western Red Cedar Box; Walnut Pillar]

    "My daughter M____... wanted a harp. After I saw the cost of harps, I knew I needed another solution. Your book [Harpmaking Made Simple], which I still have, was the perfect solution. Being handy and with your book in hand, I built the harp."

    "I attached a picture of the harp so you can see how I did. As you can see in the photograph, the harp was stunning."

    "My sincere thanks for everything"

    [On behalf of Mr. Kovac & myself, you are very welcome, and well done on the harp! - Davy]


    From A.S., USA, Email, March 2021

    "Hello Mr. Kovac, I have for some time now wanted to have a way to tell you how much your CD "A Few of My Favorite Strings" has been enjoyed and also believe it or not how very amazingly therapeutically soothing to the 10 baby feral rescue kittens that my husband and I cared for until they were old enough to go to Foster care..."

    "I found that when the kitties were getting unruly and I was exhausted that if I put the CD on they very quickly settled down and were lulled to sleep by the beautiful music. What a life saver it was, Thank You so much, I am still enjoying the CD and hope to find some more to add to my collection..."

    "… I was just so amazed at the response I got from the kittens whenever I played the CD of John's, I thought at first it was a one-off but low and behold it worked every time, it was amazing..."



    [Thanks A.S. for your encouraging email! - Davy]



    P. from the USA, uploaded February 2021

    36 String Paraguayan harp inspired by John Kovac's Harpmaking Made Simple Book. Notice all the carving on the Body & shaping of the Pillar! Plus, room was saved on the Neck/Harmonic Curve for adding sharping levers. 

    Another harp well done!


    Image below showing the harp's DIY build in process.


    D.G.- Michigan, October 2020

    "Thanks! I just finished my Paraharp 26 kit last weekend. I am waiting for the harp to settle in tuning. But, the sound is just awesome. It is all I had hoped but at a closer price that I could afford at this time. I like that it is, as you say on your website, lightweight so that my pre-teen daughter can easily carry it around and play it, which she hasn't stopped since we gave it to her (even though it needs tuning a lot at this time.) "

    "Even the low notes are strong sounding and not weak compared to that one brand with the tiny, little harps we've tried a friend's. Plus, the sustain is very pleasing for such a "smaller" harp!"

    "Thanks for making these kits available to people at this time. We recommend this harp and tell potential buyers they can't go wrong getting their starter instrument from you." 

    [Thanks, D! - Davy]


     J.S.- Ohio, September 2020

    Harp Kits Finished, 36 string & 22 string Kovac models, completed with our Kovac harp kits.

    "Thanks for your help, and for keeping John Kovac's designs available."


    M.W.- Arkansas, August 2020:

    "The new website is great. The extra details, fuller product descriptions and easy ordering are all appreciated improvements. I think the extra steps you have taken to make the harp building process look doable for beginners should be a real encouragement to many to give it a try. Especially welcome is your offer to provide guidance through the building process if there are unexpected issues that come up during the build."

    "I started stringing my completed harp about 6 days ago. Still working on tuning but it is getting better each time. I have no prior woodworking experience. I had to buy several tools and a jig saw. Still, I found the project doable and fun. I hope many others will be encouraged to try their hand at it."

    "Enclosed is a picture. Thanks for the kit that made completion possible."

    Customer MW Harp Pic

    "You are providing a valuable service to us nervous do it your-selfers."

    [Thanks much! - Davy]


    M.W.- Arkansas, July 2020:

    "Harp kit arrived today. Very fast. Thank you for your speedy service and attention to detail. I will send pictures of the harp when complete... "


    D.L.- Kentucky, 2019 

    "I bought the Harpmaking Made Simply book. It even comes with the cut out templates for 3 different harps. I found the book very comprehensive. It includes many pictures of others who have used John Kovac's plans to make their own harps. I found this inspiring that I could make my own for less then I could a pre-made harp. John was quick to respond and threw in a free CD & one of his other books as a bonus. I am quite pleased with the purchase."