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John Kovac Harps by Davy C

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Build your own 26 String folk harp, the Harpune. 

The Harpune is a Paraguayan-styled, lightweight & compact 26 string folk harp with beautiful tone & lighter string tension. This basic version consists of the harp's body with an open back. See the Deluxe options below for plans to add a back panel.

The harp has 26 American standard, color-coded strings: Red C's/Blue F's. (Specify if you prefer the Paraguayan standard of Blue C's/Red F's).

Please note, the color of the string does not affect its tone. However, we have begun to default to the American Standard of string colors since most if not all harp teachers, music instruction books, and players in North America use Red C's/Blue F's.

The harp's scale starts at Middle C and ends about 3.5 Octaves above Middle C (C to G).

Plans with Full-Sized templates are included. And, we include an instructional DVD to assist in assembly using your own provided, choice woods. The DVD also has a section on tuning and playing by ear.

The kit 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.

The HARPUNE also comes with an optional simple plan to achieve sharps and flats, called Taquitos, which are small dowels set behind certain strings to achieve the semitones. They are introduced in the Kit Plans and if chosen to be used, should be installed a few weeks after the harp has settled in.

Parts include:

  • 26 Mono-filament Strings (Standard)
  • 26 String Beads (for knots)
  • 26 Sound Board String Grommets
  • 26 Tuning Machines (plus 10 spares)
  • Tuning Machine Hardware Kit with Tuner Addendum Document
  • 1 Nut & Bolt
  • 6 Side Screws
  • 2 Long Neck Screws
  • 16-20 Brads, 1"
  • 2 Rubber Feet with Screws
  • 1 String Winder
  • 1 Electronic Tuner
  • 1 Tuning Wrench
  • How to Knot Harp Strings Document
  • Complete Kit Plans with Full-Sized Templates & Instructions, Plan & DVD
  • The customer provides all wood, finishes, glues, non-standard hardware, assembly, etc.

The Deluxe Kit Options (All the above including the following changes & additions):

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

  • 19 Mono-filament Strings & beads
  • 7 Wound Bass Strings (for better bass response)
  • Paraguayan-Style Harmonic Curve/Neck Plans addendum
  • Added plans for a back panel

See John Kovac's classic Harpune Construction 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 how you chose to create your own harp. And, the hardware & string kit pictures show typical kits & yours may differ slightly, depending on the kit you purchase.

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 are sold as-is in their historical contexts.