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John Kovac Harps by Davy C

Sale price $825.00 Regular price $1,680.00

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This kit, as well as our other kits, is handmade in the U.S.A.

This is a complete kit based on the plans found in the John Kovac classic book, "Harpmaking Made Simple" which is now included with this kit for freeThis kit harp is styled after the Paraguayan Folk Harp. Everything you need is included except for glue, wood putty, surface finish, sandpaper, any auxiliary hardware & hand tools you choose to assemble or modify the harp. Each kit contains plans, wood components, strings, specified hardware, electronic tuner & string tuning mechanisms.

Paraguayan Harps are known for their ease of play, less wide string spacing, bright treble & tight, efficient bass. Plus, these harps are many pounds lighter in weight and their physical sizes are smaller than comparably sized, Celtic folk, lever harps. 

Your time needed for the project will be about an estimated 24 hours of assembly time, add 1 or 2 days for surface finishing time (entirely dependent upon your chosen surface finish & application methods), and a day for stringing & tuning. Just trim, sand, stain or paint (if desired), put it together, string it up, tune, & play.

Paraguayan style harps have considerably less string tension than conventional harps and are therefore much easier on the fingers. The strings are a bit more closely spaced - very nice for children & easier for those without large hands.

The harmonic curve of the neck of a Paraguayan harp is rivaled only by that of a concert harp. Paraguayan harps are engineering marvels - exceptionally lightweight, which produces a brilliant sound. The strings run through the center of the neck, and the tension of the strings actually holds the harp together in a balanced way. Like the Paraguayans, we strive to make our harps as light as possible. A lighter harp means a more responsive sounding harp.

You get quality select woods for a quality harp with a professional sound. The kit contains the following:

  • Sides & Sound Board Rails- Cedar or Poplar
  • Top, Bottom & Trim- Maple &/or Poplar
  • Braces- Pine, White Wood &/or Maple
  • Pillar- Red Oak or Poplar
  • Neck- Laminated Birch
  • Soundboard & String Ribs- Thinned Luann Multiply Laminate
  • Back- Sherwood Multiply Laminate
  • Wood components shaped & drilled
  • Solid brass eyelets, various beads & various hardware
  • 34 precision, geared tuning machines- no slipping, no tuning wrench
  • 14 wrapped bass strings- 20 mono-filament strings

Currently, during the COVID event, all wrapped, wound bass strings will take up to about two weeks to create before shipping the kit.

  • About 55" high- weighs about 12 - 24 pounds assembled, all depending on your own construction techniques and options.
  • Harpmaking Made Simple Book
  • The Classic DVD of Traditional Paraguayan Harp Making by the late harp maker & player, Geronimo Morinigo, as filmed at John Kovac's own harp making shop.
  • String Winder
  • Electronic Tuner
  • How to Knot Harp Strings Document
  • Scale: C3 to A7 (+/- 5 Octaves)

See John Kovac's classic Daily Moments Harp Kit Demonstration Video on YouTube.

Go to Harp Resources Page.

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!

The harp kit pictures are typical and yours may differ depending on your own harp.

Note that the Full-Sized Plans & Instructions that come with our kits are the original John Kovac documents reproduced from his historical, legacy drawings and text sources. These are scanned & corrected for any original errors, format misalignment, etc., as much as possible. However, no guarantee of perfect accuracy is implied. 

And, John Kovac Harps by Davy C reserves the right to change, improve, correct, modify, or delete the following without notice:

  • The name brand products incidentally mentioned in the original Instructions & Plan sets. 
  • The Plan Drawings & Instructions for accuracy.

All original Plans & Instruction sets & books are as-is in their historical contexts.