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Should I build a harp from a kit?

Interested in building a harp from a kit, but not sure? Here’s everything you need to know before making your decision. Most of our customer’s questions fall under four categories: Why purchase a kit? What is/isn’t in the kit? And some of our customers have general questions about the process of building a harp and … Continue reading Should I build a harp from a kit?

Purchasing a Harp | Harp 101

In this article we’ll go over a number of things to look for when purchasing a harp: type of harp, size of harp, number of strings on the harp, sharping levers, spring spacing, type of wood, and harp tone. What you need to know about purchasing a harp Q: I am considering becoming a harp … Continue reading Purchasing a Harp | Harp 101

Building a Harp: Woodworking Tips and Customization Ideas

Here are a collection of articles Jerry wrote for the Folk Harp Journal about building a harp for yourself.  These features were written to celebrate and encourage the craft of harp-making by home hobbyists around the world. The goal was to publicize the excellent, and sometimes surprising, results of several of these adventurous woodworkers.  The … Continue reading Building a Harp: Woodworking Tips and Customization Ideas

Harp Soundboards: Plywood vs Solid Wood

The following is an excerpt from Chapter Four of Jerry Brown’s book on harp making, Folk Harp Design and Construction. The entire 150-page manual is in print in a 3-ring binder or as a downloadable PDF file.    The Great Plywood Debate: Laminated -vs- Solid Soundboards   There has been rather heated discussion over the years … Continue reading Harp Soundboards: Plywood vs Solid Wood

Lever Harp Care: Care and Feeding of your Harp

In this article, we will cover some of the basics on caring for your lever harp: tuning, replacing strings, slipping tuning pins, troubleshooting buzzing strings, cleaning, touching up the finish, and performing minor repairs. Tuning a Lever Harp If you don’t already have one, we recommend picking up an electronic tuner. It is best to … Continue reading Lever Harp Care: Care and Feeding of your Harp

11 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Harp Playing

We asked our local harp teachers to provide some tips for getting the most out of your harp playing. We hope these will inspire you to practice this week! 1. Practice with each hand separate. Practice a measure at a time right hand alone then left hand alone then put together, then move to the next … Continue reading 11 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Harp Playing

Change a Harp String

Wondering how to change a harp string? Changing a lever harp string is something that most people have never attempted. This guide is meant to help you through changing strings on your harp until you get more comfortable with the process. Stringing harps is something we’ve taught many people to do over the years. It’s … Continue reading Change a Harp String

Knee Bone Modification for Lap Harps

Here is an interesting modification made by John LaTorre. When using “Knee Bones” on my Shepherd harp, I noticed that there was a problem with the way the harp was balanced. When the harp was resting on my legs, the center of gravity was so far forward that the harp wanted to pitch forward and … Continue reading Knee Bone Modification for Lap Harps

Try the Harp FREE and Treehouse Concert

Mark your calendar – Saturday, July 16 2016 Head on out to  lovely Stillwater, MN and take in two Harp Events in one day! Space is limited for these events so please RSVP below. Try the Harp FREE 2-4 pm Musicmakers   Have you ever wanted to play the harp?  Ever wondered how harps work?  Here is … Continue reading Try the Harp FREE and Treehouse Concert

Harp Desk: Product Design Update

June 2016 We’ve redesigned out harp desk bracket. Our old style bracket used a single wedge.  This worked great but we had to make several different size brackets to accommodate different harp models.  Our new harp bracket uses two wedges.  This allows the harp bracket to fit a pillar anywhere between 1″ and 2-1/4″ thick. … Continue reading Harp Desk: Product Design Update

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