Limerick Lap Harp - KIT


Normally: $725.00

Limerick Lap Harp - KIT

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Our Limerick Lap harp is quite simple to assemble. We have already glued the neck and pillar assembly for you and done most of the fitting at the factory. Simply glue and clamp the soundchamber together. The soundboard and back piece slide into precut grooves in the sides. The neck has been predrilled for the tuning pins and guide pins. The access holes in the back panel have been precut. After you have assembled and sanded your harp you can apply your favorite finish and then install the hardware and strings.



Leia’s Harp

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.

-Gary Dover

Click here to read Gary's entire letter wherein he desribes in detail the unique approach he took in building our kit.

Good day.

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.

Rick Robinson
Westfield, Indiana

Wonderful Carry-Along with a Big Sound
Caroline Kasting
I've been playing the harp for about 12 years. I started with a 29-string student model, then got a 22-string lap harp to travel with. What I discovered was that I was more inclined to play the smaller harp because it was more convenient than going to another room where there was room for my larger harp. I had been wanting a new harp, so after some reflection I decided that what I really wanted was a slightly bigger lap harp that would have a bigger, richer sound than my 22-string. I like to make things, so I bought the Limerick Lap Harp kit (in walnut) and put it together in my spare time over the course of a year. The body went together quickly and easily (in an afternoon). The instruction booklet was extremely detailed, and if I had a question, I would email Musicmakers and get a quick response. Nowadays, Musicmakers has posted how-to videos on how to assemble their instruments on their web site, too, so there are plenty of resources if you have trouble. They also have a wonderful return policy where they will finish the instrument for you if you get in completely over your head. What took the most time for me was achieving the perfect painting on the sound board and waiting for the strings to hold their pitch. Right away, the Limerick had a beautiful, rich tone, especially in the bass. Over the course of the last three years, as the wood and strings have settled and stretched, the sound has become warmer and bigger. I also recently installed a Dusty Harp Pickup so that I could be heard in a band setting, and it has done a wonderful job of amplifying the harp's authentic sound. I love this harp. And I love hearing someone else playing it because I can enjoy its sound more from across the room than I can when my attention is split between listening and playing. I did make a couple of minor changes: I put leather washers behind the string knots (instead of the plastic beads included in the kit) and added red and blue lever rings on the C and F levers. I also tuned it to the key of Eb to be able to play in the widest variety of common key signatures. I successfully play my Limerick with my church praise band. The harp fits easily in the trunk, back seat, or foot well behind the front seats of my car. I am a bit of a klutz, though, so I am constantly banging the wide end against stuff when I carry the gig bag over my shoulder.
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