Kit - Pine Harp, 26 Strings
John Kovac Harps by Davy C
Regular price $232.00
Build your own inexpensive John Kovac-designed 26 String folk harp, the Pine Harp from our kit full plans & kit set. (You provide wood, finishes, etc.).
Includes full-sized cut-out templates with instructions & specifications for each harp!
This original Kovac model Pine Harp is a Paraguayan-inspired, lightweight & compact 26-string folk harp for the DIYs on a budget but, want to get into harping inexpensively, and sooner than later.
The Pine Harp is where you provide the wood while we provide the complete plans, instructions, & specifications, hardware & strings. The harp is based on using widely available, ordinary, or higher quality pine. Be sure there are no holes or knots that might fall out later & weaken the critical structure of the harp.
This is a relatively fast and very easy project to get a harp student, beginning adult or child, up and running, playing the harp with very little upfront expense or investment into uncertain, future musicians.
The Pine Harp's strings are a bit lighter in string tension & closer spacing.
The harp's scale starts at its low C and ends about 3.5 Octaves above it (G).
Plans with Full-Sized templates are included. And, we include a supplemental instructional DVD to assist in assembly using your own provided, choice woods. The DVD-formated disc also has a section on tuning and playing by ear. The DVD is not necessary to build your harp.
The Pine Harp is simple to put together & can be assembled in about a day or so using basic hand tools. Stringing & tuning will take several hours more. Surface finishing could take a day or two longer, depending on your chosen finish & method of application.
See John Kovac's classic Pine Harp Demo Video #1 on YouTube.
The plan set includes:
- Complete Kit Plans with Full-Sized Templates
- Supplemental Instructional DVD
- 26 Nylon Monofilament Strings
- 26 String Beads (for knots)
- 26 Sound Board String Grommets
- 26 String Tuning Machines, Chrome, White Knobs
- All Necessary Hardware per plans
- 2 Rubber Feet with Screws
- 1 String Winder
- The customer to provide all wood, finishes, glues, non-standard hardware, assembly, etc.
- The customer to provide all wood, strings, hardware, finishes, glues, non-standard hardware, assembly, etc.
- Electronic Note e-Tuners are available at an optional cost.
- See our Harp Resources pages for further resources
Samples of plan & included kit materials:
Hardware below may show optional parts, etc.
Note: These plans are offered in their as-is, original & historic format. Some easy, linear extrapolation of the templates may be required at a few points. See our notice here.
Please note our shipping policy for all kits: S/H Policy
NOTE: Yes, it is OK to add your own sound-box to the back of the harp's soundboard, where the strings attach. The larger the box, the louder the harp will sound, it will resonate more and the bass will become deeper. Only, be sure to include somehow to take it off or other so you can get access to the strings. Email us for suggestions.
And, you can upgrade the quality of the wood (but, not suggested without using a sound-box). Recognized tonewoods are better if you plan to upgrade from pine or white wood (not hardwoods). Using more stable tonewoods than pine will give the harp a much better sound and durability for many more years. Though, many have used the default pine successfully. Properly built, the harp will last a good long while.
Or, if not now, you can take the harp apart in the future and upgrade to higher quality, more durable tonewoods later, reusing its existing strings & hardware.
As a builder, I'd recommend you consider using paint &/or a clear surface finish (like spray lacquer or a brushed Polycrylic [stronger], for example) for this type of suggested softwood (pine). This is because pine will very often NOT take stains, etc., even if using wood pre-stain preparations including no matter how well sanded, etc.
Go to Harp Resources Page
If you make a mistake on your harp, even if not caused by us, please, notify us right away and we will see how we can help you to complete your harp 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 harp-building process after the purchase, either. Let's work together!