This DIY Harp kit is accessible to even novice woodworkers. Our precut harp kit includes all wood parts, strings, hardware, tuning wrench, and detailed step-by-step instructions. The neck is already pre-drilled for tuning pins, and all parts are carefully pre-fitted at the factory, so it should only require about 20-30 hours to finish this kit.
You'll spend most of your time assembling the body of the harp. Use an electric sander for tapering some edges and rounding over others. An electric hand drill will be useful for installing screws and drilling string holes in the soundboard. Our bolt together neck/pillar system makes assembling that joint a snap.
I purchased my kit in March 2020 and just got around to finishing it Monday (a total of around 4 months working at a very relaxed pace on every other weekend or so).
This was my first music kit project, but I had some woodworking knowledge going in (as well as tools) that were very helpful, and I imagine it might be difficult to complete for total beginners with no tools on hand. In addition to what was provided in the kit, I used about the following, to give an idea of what you might want to have on hand before doing this project:
- plane or chisel (for shaping the soundchamber)
- no-kerf saw (for sawing off excess at various steps)
- belt sander (for adjusting miters on trim and shaping the top block)
- handheld belt sander (for fitting the top block to the neck installation)
- snips (for cutting strings to length after installation)
- lots of sandpaper from 80 to 240 grit
- and of course a drill and wood glue.
One or both of the belt sanders could be replaced by sufficient time and elbow grease, of course. The instructions also suggest an orbital sander to put a radius on the corners of the soundchamber at the end, although I found that doing this by hand at a light grit was sufficient.
One difficult point is in the installation of the tuning pins in
the neck after the rest of the harp is together--for this a hand drill is suggested; I tried it with a power drill and destroyed the brass driver (as expected), but was able to install the pins anyway using a tuning wrench and the microthreads. This takes a while (and you have to be careful to not let it heat up too much). I think a hand drill is needed for this step. Also, a Brad point 3/8" bit is ideal for the fitting of the neck/pillar construction to the soundchamber.
The pieces of the kit fit very well together, and I can confirm that the owner is indeed very responsive to questions--MusicMakers is excellent in this regard. With the additional tools listed above, the kit is a breeze to assemble, and the instructions are mostly clear and easy to follow.
I finished my harp with two coats of Lee Valley's polymerized Tung oil and two coats of beeswax, polishing with #0000 steel wool in between, and am very happy with the finish.
The harp sounds and looks lovely when the time is taken to assemble it properly. Now it's time to learn how to play the thing.
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Jolie 33 string harpkit
Shipping arrived with an additional $225 custom fees to Canada. The kit is well made.
Just to see....within 15 mins, I was able to assemble the sound box with masking tape (that was easy!). But actual assemble and finishing needs time for glue to dry, sanding and varnishing, drying/curing, good to take a few days. I engraved the pillar with designs and the sound board. After staining the wood and finishing it, then I threaded the zither pins to 5/8". This took a lot of time and hurts your hand turning. Only then I assembled the neck to the sound box. Support were good & answers provided to questions (Do not glue neck to box, just simply sit it on the dowel). After neck done, then I strung the strings starting from string #33 in descending order, winding 3-4 times around the tuning pin while ensuring the end string got pinched inbetween tightly The Jolie Harp looks pretty and the sound after tuning for 3-4 days is beautiful. My daughter is enjoying playing the Harp. Occasionally, there's sweet music in the air to the gloomy atmosphere around the world as we all go through pandemic Covid-19. Thanks and take care all!
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After watching my brother learn and play harp for a couple of years I got jealous and decided that I needed a harp too. I hemmed and hawed over the music makers kits for a few months and then sprang for the Jollie kit. Came in a reasonable amount of time and the instructions and resources were completely adequate. I do agree that just about anyone with some patience can put this kit together with a few tools and a small space to work. The parts fit quite well and needed minimal modification. I had one or two questions during the process that were answered over the phone by the owner himself. I ended up having to by a new low C string as I cut it kind of close and then it started to unravel as I tightened it. If you have some patience and are dedicated to seeing the project through I believe you will end up with a very nice harp. After I finished it, my brother came over to check it out. He loved the tone and the way it played. Within minutes he was asking how much the kit was and where I had purchased it. This really is a gem of a company. Can't wait to buy and build future kits.
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I managed to make the Jolie Harp without any kind of workshop (as I don't have one).
I am thrilled. I really enjoyed the process of construction, and I came to discover that I really enjoyed hand sanding and feeling the finish of the wood with my fingers.
I got to play it yesterday for the first time and am extremely pleased. The sound is bright and yet resonant.
I made this harp, as my way of helping a woman, who wants to undertake music therapy, and this was the most cost-effective option that I could find.
I think this harp is superb and will do the job beautifully. I may want to do this again sometime in the future.