It has always been a personal woodworking goal of mine to build a musical instrument. This aspiration moved up a notch last year when a brand new baby granddaughter arrived on the scene. As she is paternally Irish, with the help of Google I launched a search for harp kits and came up with Musicmakers Kits of Stillwater, MN. The web site is very well done with all of the information needed to make a sound decision. From order to arrival it took no more than a week for the kit to arrive in the post.
All harp components from sides to neck and pillar were superbly fashioned with complete accuracy. The instructions included were very much like a correspondence course in harp-making with all of the steps clearly laid out, and an abundance of technical tips to enhance success.
All together I can only sing the many praises of the Limerick harp kit. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire building experience and without reservation will order other kits in the future. I am well and truly hooked on making musical instruments. As Leia is now only 10 months old, we will have to be somewhat patient for her to start her music lessons.
Click here to read Gary's entire letter wherein he desribes in detail the unique approach he took in building our kit.
I just wanted to share with you some thoughts after completing the Limerick Harp kit that I purchased from you in December. From ordering to completion, this has been a fantastic experience. I was hesitant to order a kit, not being sure what I was getting into. I downloaded the instructions ahead of time and looked them over, and did not see anything that bothered me, but I still had reservations. I was a bit concerned about the quality and appearance of the wood, but decided finally to bite the bullet and order the kit. I got an email shortly after ordering, saying the cherry kits were out of stock, and gave me my options. I thought about it, and decided I could be happy with walnut version, so I emailed back to let you know. The next day, the kit arrived. I opened the box and checked out the wood, and I could not be happier. So far, so good!
I started the project right away, and it took exactly one month to complete. I was actually surprised how quickly it moved along. There was only one point where I wondered what I had gotten myself into and if I had just destroyed the whole thing (I had not...) Actually, it went very smoothly. Your instructions are excellent, and few problems cropped up. I kept a running photo journal on my facebook page, and my friends were quite taken with it as the project came along. Now, here is the kicker. I work in a band instrument repair shop in a music store in Madison. When it was done, I took the harp in to work, and everyone was just amazed. They knew I had been working on it, but did not know what to expect. They could not believe how nicely it turned out. The fun part of taking something like this into a music store is, everyone has to touch it and play it, and it attracted a lot of attention. Lots of questions. Your catalog got passed around a lot.
Each time I communicated with your staff they were pleasant and helpful and fun to work with, and did a great job of getting me exactly what I wanted. They definitely contributed to making this a great experience. I hope you realize what a great group of people you have there.
As for the harp itself, I absolutely love it! It sounds wonderful, top to bottom. No stray vibrations, no mystery sounds, evenly spaced strings, it is just a joy! I cannot get over how much fun it is to play (ok, I'm just learning to play, but you know what I mean) or how beautiful it sounds (and looks!) I am just delighted. It is getting played a LOT! Thank you for making this such a fun project, and making it so accessible. I am just so pleased that I decided to do this and that I worked with your company. Thank you!
Thought I would send this email pic. You gave me all of the info I needed to complete. It was great fun. Your website pictures of both harps was an inspiration, thought I would take this pic in front of my wifes garden. Hope to build another harp in the future.