The holy grail of harp-making is to make a harp that weighs less than 15 pounds, produces a full, rich tone, and withstands the tension of all the strings. Until now, this seemed like an unachievable goal. In recent years we have seen the introduction of carbon fiber harps and have been very impressed! We are amazed at how light they can be and how much abuse they can withstand. But working with wood is where our heart is. The depth of beauty and the warm, inviting tone of wood harps are qualities we were not willing to give up. So we began to consider how we might combine the ultra light weight and durability of carbon fiber with the natural beauty and depth of tone you get with wood.
Enter the Jolie Hybrid - a carbon fiber and wood hybrid harp.
We start with beautiful ribbon mahogany for the back, sides, neck, and pillar. We remove 80% of the material and then reinforce each piece with carbon fiber. This significantly reduces the weight while, at the same time, making each piece stronger than it was to begin with. Our carbon fiber hybrid Jolie weighs in at 13 pounds. Wow! Thats about the weight of well fed house cat!
This is the harp that we have always wanted. It combines the best of both worlds. The Jolie Hybrid maintains the tone of our all-wood model at a fraction of the weight.
I have been playing a gut-strung harp for nine years. I was always impressed with the warm sound, but it was a HEAVY instrument. I had also been researching a carbon fiber harp, but the price point was out of my range. Enter the Jolie Hybrid! I had the opportunity to play on my harp teacher's Jolie and loved the rich, yet bright sound. Shortly after, I learned that Musicmakers had a new hybrid model making the original so much lighter. This is truly a remarkable harp. The perfect string tension leads to an easy touch allowing for more speed, and accuracy with ornaments. Though it is extremely portable, the sound is not at all compromised. It is by far the most beautiful sounding harp I have tried. If you are at all on the fence about buying this model, fear not! You will be more than impressed. Buy this harp!
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The Jolie Hybrid, what a wonderful harp!!
So, I started out renting this harp on my summer visit to Minnesota, and it blew me away - I just had to buy it!! I love everything about it - the beautiful, resonant sound; the incredibly light weight - I had always dreamed of a harp I could carry around myself and not have to depend on my husband to help me!; the hand-friendly string tension; the Truitt levers and sleek design, with beautiful mahogany wood. Simply, I'm in love! Thanks, Musicmakers, for building such an awesome harp!!