This is a completed harp based on the plans found in the John Kovac classic book, "Harpmaking Made Simple." This harp is styled after the Paraguayan Folk Harp. Each harp is hand-built in the U.S.A. and each harp will be customized and individualized uniquely. If the one you like is not in stock, feel free to get hold of us and request a commission specific to your desires.
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.
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.
Your harp will be handmade with quality select woods for an awesome harp providing a beautiful, professional sound with durability to last beyond your generation. The harp will contain the following types of wood components, strings & various hardware and options:
Solid brass eyelets, various beads & various hardware
34 precision, geared guitar-style tuning machines- no slipping, no tuning wrench
14 wrapped bass strings- 20 mono-filament strings, All strings are nylon.
* String Colors- Default North American/Celtic: Red C's, Blue F's.
State at check out if you prefer the opposite, Paraguayan string color option.
Finish- Paint, either with a semi to higher gloss protective finish.
Standard colors are 1) traditional two-tone Sand/Chocolate Brown; 2) two-tone Soft White/Sage Green; 3) Kettle Black.
Size/Weight: 55- 60 inches high; weighs about 24 pounds, depending.
Electronic Tuner included.
How to Knot Harp Strings Document
Scale: C3 to A7 (about 5 Octaves)
* We recommend the North American string color option since that is what is expected in North America & Europe and will be taught by harp teachers & music instruction books everywhere. String color does not affect string performance.