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    Harp Lights
    Anne Roberts
    10/22/2021
    Verified Buyer
    It took us a wee while to get them on, but they are good and very helpful in sessions - our local pub lighting is low, making it hard to see the strings, which is why I needed them. Only reason I'm not giving the full 5 stars is because of the battery case. The 9v battery does not connect properly with the connectors, so the battery was unstable and the lights kept going out! I've put a sticky pad in there to try to resolve it - hoping this will continue to work, but that's my only negative.
    Sorry to hear about the issue with the battery. If you determine the battery holder is faulty, please let us know and we will get you a replacement right away.
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    Nancy
    10/15/2021
    I went slow, read directions multiple times and watched videos. Videos are excellent, quick and to the point. When I was in doubt I found the people at Musicmakers to be kind and helpful in answering my questions. I am not a woodworker and do not have a workshop full of tools but that was not a problem. Building it was absolute fun! The harp sounds lovely with a bright resonant tone. I am over the moon pleased with my harp!
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    Even better than I imagined
    Melanie Weiss
    10/05/2021
    I just began playing the harp this year, starting with a Ballad kit that I built, and a Sonnet lap harp on the way. Loyal MusicMakers customer here! I loved the sound of the Reverie and thought it would be fun to noodle around with. Honestly I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy playing it versus sitting back and listening to recordings. If you have this same hesitation, I can assure you, it’s even BETTER playing it and hearing it in person. Since it was delivered I’ve hardly put it down. The sound and resonance this little harp produces is incredible, and feeling it vibrate in your body and soul wipes away stress. I might actually bring it to the office! I went with the Reverie 2 Deluxe and I love it. Thanks MusicMakers!
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    Well made and sounds beautiful
    Angela
    10/04/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Matt was attentive to my questions and requests and I now have a beautiful looking and sounding monochord. I chose to upgrade to the Redwood sound board, paid for a custom stand and I asked for tuning in D/A. All accommodated by them. I love it. So easy to play which allows for me to easily tone and chant with it. Well done.
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    Amazing sound and resonance.
    Barbara Spaulding
    09/25/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I purchased this to use with my amazing Reverie Harp. The two sound wonderful together. I am a Sound Therapist and have been looking at Monochords for some time. I bought the low C model. I set it up on a keyboard stand as suggested by a musician friend. Everyone that hears it wants it. They love it and I love it. It has a beautiful sound and a lot of resonance. It's great for vocal toning and chanting too. I play it alone and with the incredible Reverie Harp. I also add in a large tongue drum too sometimes. I can also use the mallets from the drum for a different sound both on the harp and monochord. The bag it comes with is well made and an extra bonus. Musicmaker instruments are beautifully made and the company is a joy to deal with. I recommend them to all my students and clients.
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    Great experience
    MW
    09/22/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Excellent customer service and fast shipping, as always. Thank you for helping this newbie get what I needed! I highly recommend anything from Musicmakers! Great work and very nice people.
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    Lovely Harp!!
    Aubrey
    09/15/2021
    Verified Buyer
    My husband started building my Jolie harp in February, the only difficult part was the high gloss finish I wanted. The kit was easy to purchase, and arrived safely. Customer service let me customize the wood choice so I could dye it blue, and they willingly sent me a small piece of wood to glue to the shoulder to make it fit better ( the pieces were cut separately from other kits since I got maple and not cherry). It is so lovely. I have been playing it for 5 months now, and it sounds better ( it was amazing from day one) as it sits, and the strings need less tuning. I am writing this review because I just tested two, much more expensive harps, and I like mine WAY better! The sound of the Jolie is more my style, I like bright tones in a celtic harp. It also has more resonance, the sound is bolder, and more consuming. I don't know how else to describe my love for the Jolie harp! I adore it. Aesthetically it is also better looking than most harps of a similar price range. Also, thank you to the designers and manufacturers, it really has blessed my life, and I want you to know your talents are appreciated. Thank you so much for sharing them!
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    Playing With the Angels
    Melodie G.
    09/15/2021
    Verified Buyer
    A musician friend introduced me to the Reverie harp and suggested that I just start playing. There's no experience needed. Before I knew it, 15 minutes had passed. I felt as if I had been transported into the clouds and was playing unimaginably beautiful music with the angels. I have never played a harp before, and yet, I made music. The harp is exquisitely made and the skill and care that went into making the harp is palpable. The day after I played my friend's harp, I purchased one for myself. It is every bit as glorious as my friend's harp and I know I will be playing it as often as I can I find myself at a loss for words that adequately describe the magic of the Reverie harp. I can say for sure that its music is enthralling and you will be thrilled to have one.
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    As Described
    Gary
    09/09/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Product was as described and excellent quality.
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    Hourglass Dulcimer Kit
    R
    09/06/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Wood was clear and straight Cuts were precise Hardware was packaged and labeled Instructions were thorough and clear This is absolutely a very good kit!
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    Either pins for less
    Jeff & Deb Minniear
    09/02/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Harpkit.com has the best price in zither pins I could find. I've built 6 lapharp/zithers and 2 bowed psalteries with these pins and the company's steel wire "strings." Excellent products. Quick shipping, and good packaging. Keep it up!
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    Excellent
    Inger Mejling Kristensen
    09/02/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I was totally pleased with the handling of the order, the deliverance and the product it-self.The harp strings strings are excellent quality, and they keep the tuning. I use them for stringing a 60cm long lyre.😊
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    Very pleased with my Jolie harp!
    Janet
    08/28/2021
    Verified Buyer
    By going slow and watching the videos/reading the directions for each step until I was 100% sure what to do, I have a harp that I am very proud of and that sounds beautiful. Thank you for making this project accessible for even non-woodworkers like myself!
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    A nice instrument
    Yakov Nizhnik
    08/16/2021
    Verified Buyer
    A very good instrument. Little problems with forte and mezzo-forte, but probably it is due to strings. My wife's try: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D63aGY5oqtM
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    Beautiful Resonance
    Cheryl J
    08/06/2021
    Verified Buyer
    A music therapist recommended the music makers web site. I wanted a portable harp to play at the conclusion of a yoga practice. The harp's resonant sound is beautiful and the woodwork is excellent.
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    excellent product
    Aitor Gabilondo Freire
    07/23/2021
    Verified Buyer
    excellent quality. Beautifull finish
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    excellent product
    Aitor Freire Gabilondo
    07/23/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Very good strings. Very easy to assembly
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    Very good simple lever, although they do add quite a lot of cost to a harp
    Adam
    07/17/2021
    Verified Buyer
    My wife bought a beautiful one of a kind handmade 30-string Celtic harp more than 10 years ago, which was her first harp of that size, after she'd been playing a lap harp for a year or so. She therefore already was accustom to being able to change keys with levers. She asked me to add levers. I tried a couple kinds and found these to be the best available at the time. We hated the prospect of spending $375 (at the time) on a full set of levers (plus a lot of effort to install such that they function correctly), so we bought just enough to add one more key or two at a time. I spent about 4 years adding 4, 8 or 12 levers at a time until she finally had the full set. They work very well. Installing them does take some skill and patience, and means to verify the pitch, but I'm sure that's the case regardless of lever design. We've had these installed for many years now and she plays the harp regularly and has used the harp with these levers for many public performances. They are high quality and work equally well for her highest and lowest strings.
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    You need these...
    Alan Grupe
    07/15/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I built the Hurdy Gurdy kit and ended with a beautiful instrument. BUT, the sound was terrible. The problem was the economy strings included. Luckily, I came across these Hurdy Gurdy Strings. I took a chance and ordered a set. The difference in sound was absolutely amazing! If you’re going to spend the bucks on the kit, spend a little more and also get the strings.
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    Quality of this kit was fantastic!
    Brady Placek
    07/12/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I bought this kit as I am an experienced woodworker, but had never built a musical instrument and wanted to give it a try. I wanted something fancier than the standard wood so purchased some curly koa for the top and bottom as well as some curly maple veneer for the sides. The kit went together very easy and the instructions were helpful and accurate. I wish I could post a picture to show how terrific it turned out! Oh... and it plays well too! Overall a great experience!
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    My favorite instrument kit
    Sean
    07/12/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I've tried a few musical instrument kits and this one is by far my favorite. I typically have done them because I enjoy the process and it's fun to make music on them when it's done. The mandola was by far the most time consuming kit I've done but the end product was a legit instrument. I use to have a ukulele tuned GDAE to mess around with fiddle tunes but the mandola is now my go to GDAE like instrument.
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    Beautiful and Extremely Well-Made
    K di Passero
    07/11/2021
    Verified Buyer
    This harp is a work of art. It is rare to find such high quality workmanship - and an absolute joy when I do. The sound is strong and clear, and has a magical quality (as is the case with harps, but this one in particular). All in all, if I could afford a bigger harp from Musicmakers, I wouldn't hesitate. Their work is beyond compare!
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    Reverie - a wonderful addition to my harp family
    Peggy H
    07/11/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Okay, I bought a Reverie "just because". I play both pedal and lever harp. I practice hard and I love each in their own way. But, sometimes, I just want to mindlessly "noodle". The Reverie allows that - no matter what strings you touch, the sound is lovely. The shape is comfortable and the workmanship exquisite. I have used this harp to play for a dying collie and he responded with calming respirations until he passed. I took this harp to a friend with severe PTSD and saw him smile and relax for the first time in days. I also took it to a friend who was hospitalized after surgery and he told me it was "his lifeline" and how much he enjoyed serenading the nurses. This is a wonderful little harp! It is convenient to carry on a trip to the park or beach, easy to tune and the carry bag is substantial. I love this harp for peaceful relaxation in the hammock, sitting on a bench in the park (you may draw admirers!) and for any time you want harp music that you can just play gently and calmly and without worrying about your timing or how hard that piece of music is to practice!
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    Great beginner project
    Charles Rose
    07/11/2021
    Verified Buyer
    The Cajon drum kit is a great beginning project for musical instrument builders. It went together quite easily with the provided instructions. It turned out quite sturdy and has a nice variety of sounds you can make with it.
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    Exactly what I wanted
    Melanie
    07/07/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I settled on about 5 different harps before finding this one by chance. The sound was just what I was looking for, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make my own. The woodworking took me two weekends. The finishing took a while, because I am 1) inexperienced and 2) a super-perfectionist. In the end, it turned out wonderful and sounds fantastic, and I love that I can say that I built it myself. This was the perfect model for me because it had my ideal number of strings, a warm sound, and is compact. Customer service was very kind and helpful. Will definitely make future purchases from MusicMakers.
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    It's a tuning pin! It's threaded! (And that's good.)
    Jerry Bauer
    07/06/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Seriously, it's a threaded tuning pin. Good quality, exactly as described. I've ordered these twice - three to replace the tapered cello-style pegs (What a pain to tune with!) on my symphonie and twenty-five to replace the bog-standard tapered pins on my Witcher Trondheim harp. (I used the D-sized bit, also from Musicmakers, for both applications.) For the symphonie, I had to drill another string hole through the key-end of the shaft on one of the tuning pins; slowly with a good bit and some cutting oil, it worked fine. These are much better than tapered tuning pins. If you're building or restoring a harp (or symphonie!) you should consider using these. Note 1: Initial installation takes longer than for tapered pins, because each pin must be screwed into the hole, rather than just press-fit. The fine threads require thirty to fifty rotations, depending on the thickness of the wood. I used a ratchet with a 5.5mm 12-pt socket. Note 2: The (kind of scary) statement on the product page (at this writing) that if you make a mistake, you can ream the hole for a tapered pin makes little sense to me. The tapered pin holes on the Trondheim were *smaller* than the D-sized drill bit used for these threaded pins. (Granted, this is a singular datum, but there it is.) Plus, there are ways to deal with an oversized hole, from shims to fill-and-redrill.
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    Strung along
    John Palmer
    07/03/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Fast shipping, decent prices, exactly as described; what else do you need?
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    Sonnet is wonderful!
    Heidi Horner
    06/27/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I’ve had my Sonnet for a little over a week, and it is my favorite among my several harps. The sound far exceeded my expectations, and it looks beautiful in an understated way (I have the natural cherry finish). It is lightweight and easy to take outdoors, which is something I do frequently, and I expect it will work very nicely for playing in nursing homes and other facilities. It has plenty of volume for playing in common areas, as well as in residents’ rooms. It sits nicely on my lap, and feels very stable while I’m playing. The string spacing feels comfortable, as well. I was also very pleased with the whole ordering experience through Music Makers.
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    Great herringbone!
    Bob Botha
    06/24/2021
    Verified Buyer
    These herringbone strips add a timeless, traditional accent to custom built instrument, whether used for bindings, purflings, or rosettes. They also are shipped in a unique package to ensure that they arrive at their destination intact.
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    Super tuners!
    Bob Botha
    06/24/2021
    Verified Buyer
    These are my favorite tuners for the ukuleles that I build. They are smooth , no slop, and very elegant. These fine tuners are not available at either of the luthier supply houses, that I'm aware of..
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    Excellent for DGBE tuning!
    Tod Rasmussen
    06/12/2021
    Verified Buyer
    These string are excellent for DGBE tuning on a tenor banjo. I have an old tenor and it really came to life with these strings. The DGBE tuning is an easy crossover from the the guitar o6 baritone uke.
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    Great kit
    Spencer Whitehead
    06/09/2021
    Verified Buyer
    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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    Exactly what I needed
    HC
    06/07/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Fits perfectly, doesn't strip or get stuck! Saved me so much frustration!
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    Super Fast Service
    Shelley
    05/31/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Thank you, MusicMakers! Super fast shipping when the harp fairies decided to bless my Cheyenne E3 (pop!) I'm now back in business in less than a week! Yippee!!!
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    Harmony guide and song sheets
    Deborah Meyer
    05/28/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I received my order but don’t understand how to use it. I am not a music therapist but rather a retired nurse who would like to make use of the Reverie Harp for palliative care.
    The harmony guide does take a little effort to figure out and is mostly useful if you want to play traditional songs and melodies. If you just want to use the Reverie Harp to help soothe and relax patients you'll find the instructions included with the Reverie Harp much more accessible and possibly more fitting to your work.
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    Perfect Project for A Full Size Harp Without the Cost
    Athena
    05/21/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I had been wanting a harp for about 40 years now. But all full size harps with levers have never been possible because of cost. The building process is tedious and precarious, but worth it, because you will know the instrument every square inch. It will not just be something you bought somewhere, it will be something you built and know.
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    First Harp
    Jeannine E.
    05/20/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I love my harp. The sound is great to harmonize me after a long day at work or just to dream :-)) It is easy to play and the instrument is very beautiful. :-)
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    Replacement string set for updated Voyageur harp
    William Blair
    05/17/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Perfect replacement. I waited a bit over a year before purchasing this set. It is actually a bit louder with the newer strings.
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    Zither pins
    Glenn Braun
    05/15/2021
    Verified Buyer
    They're great
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    What a beauty!
    Merrie Howe
    05/13/2021
    Verified Buyer
    When I unboxed my Sonnet, I literally gasped...what a beauty! The Vivid Color Sonnet absolutely shimmers in the angelite blue. She's a lovely shade of deep blue, almost what I would call peacock blue. The quilted maple soundboard looks like ripples on a lake and I can't stop touching this beautiful instrument. I expected to have to tune frequently because everything is new, but the strings are holding pitch surprisingly well for being new. Now back to job one, playing the harp. What a difference the sound holes on the side make to a lap harp. My husband comment on how loud it was, and he said that he actually like the sound of it better than my larger 34-string harp (sorry, Crescendo!) I like the range of notes available, and the richness of the lower strings is impressive. I'm not sure how often I'll use the highest notes, but it's good to have them there just in case. I found the most comfortable way to hold the harp was nestled onto my right shoulder, with the bulk of the weight on my left leg. (The strap is a useful option here.) I like the non-slip surface on the bottom, too. The case is perfect, nicely padded and with a good deep pocket for stuff. I also ordered an extra set of strings because, well, you just never know... This little sweetheart is so easy to snuggle up to and just noodle around on. I look forward to taking her along to music afternoons with my friends. Her name is Birdie, and she sings!
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    Amazing
    Jill Conrotto
    05/08/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I have the green harp and it is beautiful. The sound is so lovely. I am very impressed! Even my older sister, who claimed previously to not like harps so much, likes the sound of this harp! I’ve had both my Mom and sister try it out, too... they can’t stay away, either. I’m thrilled this is my first harp. For anyone hesitant about buying one, please don’t be scared to try a new instrument to learn. There are lots of helpful tutorials online. As for this particular harp, I chose it because it’s lightweight and portable, and for the large sound despite its more compact size. Although I had to wait a few months for it to arrive I am more than happy to finally own a harp of my own. I would recommend getting an extra spare set of strings as well. 💚💚💚 I am looking forward to my ongoing journey learning how to play the harp!
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    Lhandeled tuning wrench
    Pam
    04/30/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Staff assistance before purchasing was great. The item arrived in the time frame promised and the product quality was excellent. Could not ask for more as they don’t hand them out for free
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    Precisely what I needed
    Sirah
    04/26/2021
    Verified Buyer
    MusicMakers made it easy to order the replacement parts I needed for my harp. They fit perfectly and shipped promptly.
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    Reverie Harp
    Judy Knudsen
    04/17/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Musicmakers is the best.. Have had a couple Reverie Harps. Always fast delivery. Always the most BEAUTIFUL instrument.
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    Great kit
    Thomas Doe
    04/15/2021
    Verified Buyer
    This is a complete hardware kit with everything needed to complete my Hammered dulcimer. It was sent quickly and contained everything I needed. The extra tuning pin came in handy since I messed on up. Plenty of extra music wire as well. Very satisfied.
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    Reverie Vivid, Emerald Isle Green - I am thrilled!!!!
    Shelly C
    04/15/2021
    Verified Buyer
    What incredible sound! It just reverberates for such a long length of time. At first, I wondered if this was worth the money, for someone like me, who just wants to pick it up and creatively play for fun and relaxation. I am not a musician, but I am very creative. The answer is astoundingly, YES! I make up my music as I go, and through experimentation you can find a lot that sounds awesome on this sweet, portable, little gem of an instrument. It is most definitely staying with me for life. I really thought I would run out of ways to play it, but I keep finding more and more ways. The sound and beauty of the wood on the vivid is sooo worth it, it has such depth the way it has been finished. I recognize how much that was put into the shape of it, the design, and the sound. Even more important than that is the benefit one gets from it: it is relaxing, calming, and I find it changes my breathing pattern to such a relaxed state. I know it was created with that in mind, along with music therapy, but I wanted to just play it and enjoy it for me. It’s really easy to fall in love with the sound. It’s a bit of a blessing and a gift, to be honest, and these things can’t be judged by simply looking at it online: playing with such a beautiful sounding instrument that delivers peace and serenity right back to you in the form of deep relaxation. Thank you to everyone at Music Makers. I have such appreciation for what you have created. I crave to sit and play it every night. Jen, thanks for your kindless as well. This a great company, great customer service, and the Reverie, well... I am in love with it. 💚
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    Excellent -- as solid as I expected, or even more.
    Karl Fogel
    04/11/2021
    Verified Buyer
    The Adjustable Dulcimer Stand arrived promptly, was easy to set up, easy to adjust, and is rock solid & handsome to boot. I am 100% pleased. In order to reassure anyone who might think that some bot is leaving this review :-), my real name is Karl Fogel and if you want to find me on the Internet and ask me about the dulcimer stand, please feel free. It's a well-made product and I'm happy to spread the word. My contact information is at https://www.red-bean.com/kfogel/ .
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    Good detailed plans.
    Thomas Doe
    04/08/2021
    Verified Buyer
    The order process was easy and the plans were immediately available for download. These plans were a great start and provided the details needed. Had no issues getting a full sized print made at a local print shop. I also printed out a copy and glued together individual sections for several of the pieces. I personally would have liked several individual drawings rather than the one big sheet just because it would be easier to manage. I also printed a half size version to use as a workshop reference. I am fabricating all the wood pieces from scratch. This is a medium/advanced woodworking project. The plans are complete and accurate. The resulting build has gone well. I've completed the main structure and am looking forward to applying finish and installing the hardware. I can recommend these plans for anyone interested in wanting to build their first Hammers Dulcimer.
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    How Beautiful
    Shari
    04/06/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I am so pleased with my new Hognose Psaltery ! It is so beautiful.! The finish is perfection. The tone is rich and warm. I can't say enough great things to show how thrilled I am. The package came in pristine shape. Thank you for such a lovely instrument I will have many years of joy playing . I have been a harpist for 6 years and wanted something in strings that was lap size and there you were !!
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    A Big Help!
    Kristen Zbikowski
    04/04/2021
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    This book is a great help as I learn how to play the kantele I built from a Musicmakers kit. It assumes that the reader has no knowledge of how to read music or how to play the kantele. Lessons are divided into short exercises for familiarizing the student with both music notation, etc. and actual play. There are plenty of "hands on" exercises to reinforce the lessons. The book comes bundled with short videos to help the student along, as well. The writing is clear and well edited. The explanation is adapted to the most basic concepts but not oversimplified. I am greatly looking forward to the time when I can start playing actual songs! (Lyrics are included, too.) But that will be a while.
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    Excellent on every level!
    Mary Blakeley
    04/01/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I have purchased many praise harps and lyre in my musical journey of spontaneous expression. It is so nice to find this instrument and in the metal string version that I have come to especially appreciate. Easy to tune, comfortable to play, a vibration to hug into when you are expressing your heart. All the way around a beautiful addition to my collection of these kinds of instruments.
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    Hognose Pasltry
    kris
    03/27/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Arrived quickly and started playing right away. Great quality, sweet sound, would recommend for people who want to play right away without years of practice.
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    Just what I needed
    Eli
    03/25/2021
    Verified Buyer
    This is just what I needed. The online tools worked well and were easy to use to help me find the right string I needed as well. Thanks for the help.
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    Exceeds expectations!
    Johanna
    03/21/2021
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    These magazines are beautiful and timeless. This is a great collection! I would highly recommend!!!!!
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    Wonderful instrument
    Ingrid Gans
    03/20/2021
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    I'm so very pleased with my new Lynda Lyre. This is my first harp like instrument after having played the guitar and ukulele since childhood. On first touching the instrument it felt so foreign and I was assuming it would take me a lot of practice to start making some clean sounds. My left, non picking hand on guitar, is indeed pretty clumsy and needs a lot of practice time, but my right hand can already play a nice tune within a week. The design is beautiful and the sound to do for or rather, heavenly. I love the resonant, soft and yet carrying sound of the nylon strings. As a singer I hope to be using this lyre interspersed between my guitar accompanied songs, as part of sound healing, and in particular to help heal my tbi symptoms, along with some other healing instruments.
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    Relaxation in a Box!
    Kristen Z.
    03/19/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I purchased the kantele kit as a relaxing project to start a woodworking hobby. It is lovely. The boards are gorgeous and high quality. The directions are clear, and the videos give a person the extra confidence to go forward. I appreciate the supportive attitude of the staff, and the encouraging emails that they have sent. I suspect that I will be purchasing again, as time goes on.
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    string set
    su jae yoo
    03/19/2021
    Verified Buyer
    It's something I need so much. I found the treasure.~~ I need to buy another one as a backup.
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    bridg pin
    su jae yoo
    03/19/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I was looking for another pin to make a harp. I'm going to buy it again because I love it. If you use a wrench on your head, I really like it because it makes fine tuning easy.
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    Old World Lyre
    Paratrooper
    03/18/2021
    Verified Buyer
    The harp you are looking for before its to late!
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    great product and great company
    alex morris
    03/12/2021
    Verified Buyer
    plans were just as described, very detailed and easy to interpret. Looking forward to dealing with Musicmakers in the future.
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    Great kit
    Erin Jepsen
    03/06/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Just what I needed to finish the Celtic harp I was making. The price is reasonable, quality is great. I ended up buying two more for future projects.
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    Regency Harp String Set
    Leonard Williams
    03/05/2021
    I am very pleased with the harp string set recently received from MusicMakers it matches my own design and built 33string staved back harp perfectly and sounds great. There is enough length in the upper end strings to provide spares for possible breakages,so this an added bonus The only problem postage between USA and Australia is very slow at the moment due to covid19
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    bowed psaltery kkit
    John Stagner
    02/19/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Everything in the kit is of excellent quality and well designed. The instructions are complete and easy to follow. A drill press for this one is almost a must for accuracy, other than that a few clamps and sandpaper are all that is needed.
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    Good value for money
    John Sims-Davies
    02/15/2021
    Verified Buyer
    out of 1 string, you have enough for 3 strings
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    no stranger to stringed instruments
    Jerry Griffin
    02/07/2021
    Verified Buyer
    beautiful resonance and sustain, clear, bell-like tones, beautifully put together, very nice wood, and a beautiful rosette. Packaged and shipped without hassle or incident, and superbly protected from shipping damage, and their customer service is great! We purchased 2 Kantele one each for my wife and one for me, on separate orders, Musicmakers called to make sure this was right, rather than just making and shipping them. And they're assembled beautifully-completely professional luthiers at MusicMakers! If the stars could make music, they'd sound like a kantele.
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    When you need a drone tone
    Catherine Madsen
    02/06/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I'd seen Julie Fowlis using a shruti box on YouTube, so when Musicmakers offered a coupon I thought I'd give it a try. This isn't the most beautiful shruti box on the market (but there was a coupon!), but it has a lovely tone and is easy to use.
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    Sonnet Lap Harp
    Richard Switzer
    02/05/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I bought this for my wife. She loves it and said it was full sounding while it rested in her lap. The string spacing was easy to adapt to quickly. She is shorter in stature, so we added the strap for security, and she can place it a bit lower for easier playing. She is very happy with this harp. I would recommend it highly.
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    Mountain Dulcimer Plans
    Marsh
    01/29/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Full size plans are the only way to go. I had the 3’x4’ sheet copied, cut apart and glued to 1/8” hardboard. This allows for specific placement on the various wood pieces. The plans are well laid out. And the kit instructions (in color) certainly keep me on the right path. Thank you MusicMakers!
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    Excellent kit
    Vaughn Skinner
    01/28/2021
    Verified Buyer
    Have built the harp and found it went together very easily. The instructions are well written and pictures help to clarify any questions. We are in the process of sanding and varnishing. We have called with a few questions (like about levers) to the support phone number, and they have been courteous and very helpful.
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    Somewhat disappointed
    Daniel Peters
    01/28/2021
    Verified Buyer
    My initial assessment was semi favorable but in laying the pieces I discovered that the cross cuts on the sides were not square and in no way going to fit properly to the corner blocks. These were not cut consistently and are far from a proper mating angle and will need to be recut or replaced in their entirety. Beyond that I guess I'll work out any unknown bugs as I go. I am experienced enough to rectify these issues but did expect a much better condition of fit.
    Thanks for the feedback. Sorry those side pieces weren't fit very well. If you feel like you need replacements, please let us know.
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    Long time Voyageur harp owner
    Glenn McIntosh
    01/27/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I originally bought this as a kit more than ten years ago. It has withstood the test of time as an instrument that my twelve-year-old daughter learned on, then used to play weddings, recitals, small-venue gigs, and then make recordings with. The build quality is excellent and the overall volume and sound compare favorably with more expensive harps.
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    Awesome
    Jenny Carlile
    01/26/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I have the first stages of macular degeneration and was finding it difficult seeing the strings on these dark winter afternoons. Now I can see the strings - wonderful, thank you. Is easy to install and I have velcroed the battery box just inside the sound board so I can easily switch them on and off.
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    Limerick harp--building from blueprint
    Dale McCullough
    01/24/2021
    Verified Buyer
    This was such an enjoyable project, I am now ready to start on my second one. The hardware and plywood soundboard and back materials were excellent quality. The blueprint parts can be traced onto acetate for best accuracy to transfer to wood for cutting or drilling.
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    Beautiful and Practical
    Alice
    01/22/2021
    I have not had the Harp Desk for very long but I can clearly state that it is a wonderful addition to my music room. I also want to compliment Music Makers on their great customer service. My only regret is that I did not buy it earlier! It takes a touch of genius to create a thing of beauty which is practical, constructed from things found in nature and functions with the law of gravity. Bravo! Encore!
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    Very Helpful
    Tomáš Jarošek
    01/22/2021
    This is a huge benefit to community of harp makers. I deeply thank you for this. It would save me a lot of time and trouble if I would know it when I was firstly calculating strings for my "zeroth" harp. Thank you for that! I dont want to be too much demanding but it would be awesome if there could be an option to use metric system. Sorry about that but you imperials units drive non-U.S. crazy :) Actually you should start to use metric generally! =) String gauge 0,6mm instead of 0,0236" would make everything easier =)
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    Haunting Instrument
    Becky Barnes
    01/15/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I have wanted a kantele for years, and finally sprung to purchase Musicmakers' 10-string version. It was packaged very well, and shipped without damage. My cats were very interested in the unpacking process. The wood is beautiful, and sound is clear as a bell - both my daughter and I take turns playing it. You can see my unboxing video here: https://twitter.com/thewoodwyrm/status/1347171282802991104 The start of one of my favorite tunes from Loituma - “Eriskummainen Kantele” (whimsical kantele): https://twitter.com/thewoodwyrm/status/1347700633378451457 Or.... how about the ever-haunting “Far Over The Misty Mountains Cold” from the 1977 Hobbit?: https://twitter.com/thewoodwyrm/status/1347704823907540994
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    Little hiccup but all is welll
    Michael Nielsen
    01/14/2021
    Verified Buyer
    As always, Musicmakers can be counted on for great customer service. Just as a heads up, I you got one of the earliest Voyageur harps, they have changed the gauges of some of the strings so you may need to make some adjustments. My C3-G3 strings were originally plain nylon but the current set calls for nylon wrapped. The diameter of the strings is greater and may not easily fit through the old eyelets. Better to call in your order for these strings and sort out if you might have same problem that I had. The matter was promptly resolved and I am loving the sound of this upgraded higher tension string set.
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    Lynda Lyre Kit
    MARTIN H Walker
    01/12/2021
    Verified Buyer
    I have just completed my second musical instrument DIY kit from Musicmakers. Last year I did the mountain dulcimer and this year I did the Lynda Lyre. I have always found the musicmakers products to be very high quality and worth the price. The instruments are not only beautiful, but functional and produce a wonderful sound. I can’t rave enough about the dulcimer in regards to the quality and beauty of the wood. The Lyre is a gorgeous instrument, however I was a little disappointed to realize the back panel was only hard wood veneer not solid wood. I have grown to expect better quality from musicmakers. It is the type of thing that only the person building the instrument would notice but for the price I expected solid hard wood. Also the cardboard template could be more exact. I love both of these instruments and have received many compliments on their beauty.
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    Estetik açıdan çok güzel.
    umut
    12/19/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Herkesin kendi tercihi tabi ama bir hediyeyi ölümsüzleştirmek için plak yaptırmak kuşkusuz güzel jest olacaktır. Çemberin hemen altına yerleştiriliyor. Soundboard ile renk uyumu ayrıca güzel.
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    Almakta fayda var.
    umut
    12/19/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Alet çok başarılı fakat orta okuldan kalma nota bilgilerimi unutunca akor yaparken biraz uğraştırdı. 441'i kullandım. Her sesi algılayabiliyor, gürültüsüz bir yerde kullanmakta fayda var.
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    Very useful
    umut
    12/19/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Mutlaka ihtiyacım olur diye iki adet sipariş ettim. Keçe ve farklı renkler çok hoş olmuş. Tertemiz ses üretiyor enstrüman bu sayede. Ayrıca hediyeleriniz için de ayrıca teşekkür ederim.
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    Good Quality
    umut
    12/19/2020
    İçi yumuşacık ve arpı koruyacak şekilde geniş ayruca kullanışlı diye düşünüyorum.
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    Emerald Isle Green
    Umut
    12/19/2020
    Arp o kadar ustaca ve güzel işçilikle yapılmış ki bakıp kalıyor insan. Zümrüt yeşiline ve pürüzsüz yapısına bayıldım. İyi ki vivid renk seçmişim diyorum. Özenle hazırlanmış. Şimdi heyecanla farklı akorları deniyorum. Sevgiyle... Çok teşekkürler.
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    Excellent protect piece
    Andrew Barnard
    12/17/2020
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    The kit was well packed and all parts included. The timber components are excellent, with one exception, the back ply looks ugly when the round over with router is completed. It looks like MDF between the outer veneers and does not finish as well as the top. A solid back maybe the best option
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    Thumb Piano
    ken ernenwein
    12/09/2020
    I $$ one last spring...assembled albeit with limited tools and a proper tuner... its pretty much dead on... a wonderful project...worth the money and time!!!
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    Review update: 6 months after building
    jeff schwartzenbachenrueinburgerstien
    12/02/2020
    Verified Buyer
    .It was about 6 months ago that I completed my Baritone Uke kit and I still play it everyday. It has in fact become my preferred instrument to take with me....well...everywhere, the laundromat, to work for a quickie at lunch, on those weekend motorcycle rides or to play while hiking in the woods. It has a wonderful sound and is so much lighter and smaller than my guitar that I keep it with me constantly. It's fun to show off a little pride of ownership and be able to say "I built this one". I did a few extra things to mine like the mother of pearl heart inlaid to the headstock and dots along the neck so although it was a kit it is unique, one of a kind. I will pass this down to my children and grandchildren. Like any quality instrument the sound continues to grow sweeter and sweeter the more I play. This is my second kit from Music Makers, the first was the Lynda Lyre harp and I plan to build a few more, I think next might be the Hurdy Gurdy or the mandolin or the...... I would love to send a photo to show off the mother of pearl inlay...How Do I ?
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    Wonderful instrument. Wonderful kit.
    Stephen Ingraham
    11/25/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Quite easy to build. I made one mistake which required some corrective ingenuity, but that was my fault :) Built in a day. Finished the next. Plays well, tunes easily, sounds great. Everything you could ask for. And the music sheets make it possible for anyone to play music their very first try!
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    Stunning instrument with blissful sound
    Amanda
    11/21/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I had been wanting to learn how to play the harp for many years, but wasn't sure about making the investment. When I came across the Lynda Lyre I thought it would be the perfect way to get familiar with these types of instruments- and it was! The lyre is expertly crafted out of beautiful materials and sounds absolutely blissful. Within just a few hours I was playing some simple melodies, with no previous experience at all. Some have mentioned that the strings are a bit closer together than on other instruments but for me, at least, they are perfectly spaced. Tuning is very easy (I chose the nylon strings for the harp-like sound). I have found that there are a couple of ways to hold the lyre and it's mostly a matter of finding an arrangement that works for you. It's also lightweight and comes with a high-quality padded bag, making it very portable. It's such a fun instrument to have around and I would highly recommend it to others who are interested in harps and lyres and are looking for an easy introduction to them.
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    My first harp
    Élodie
    11/14/2020
    Verified Buyer
    It is my first harp. I am very impressed by the beauty of the instrument. I saw it had just been crafted. It is art by itself. Its smell, its shape, it is very sensual. I love touching it. Playing it makes me relax quite instantly. As a contemplative person, I am like in a bubble where nothing else exists but the sound and vibration. I better understand why it is not meant first for performance nor playing songs. I see that the best to enjoy the harp is to let go and just play. It is a discovery, different each time.  I like very much the idea to create something and be connected with myself through the instrument. I also appreciated the close customer service through Matt who took time to answer my questions. I am at the beginning of a journey with my precious harp :)
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    LOVE my harp wheels!
    Leann Marshall
    11/13/2020
    Just wanted to let you know how much I LOVE my harp wheels. I received it today and immediately strapped my Dusty Strings Crescendo onto it, and I still can't believe how easily I can now transport from one room to another. The medium size base is the perfect size for my harp and is not too wide to fit in the corner of the room where I keep it when I'm not playing it. My husband and I have occasional back issues and I was looking for a way to move it without either of us straining our backs. Thank you so much for a wonderful solution.
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    Joyful Harp!!
    Karen Munson
    11/11/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I just wanted to share how much I love my harp. I've played violin from elementary school through college, and pick it up once in awhile, yet really wanted a different musical experience... learning the harp was laid on my heart, and I found your business. I cannot begin to thank you, and/or to express how much joy it brings to my life, and to others that I play for... so much that I named my harp Joy! The tone is out of this world... even playing "twinkle twinkle little star," the sound is incredible. I invested in the wheels recently, they are amazing :)
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    Lynda Lyre with Levers
    Debra Thomas
    11/09/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I am still getting acquainted with this delightful instrument, but it definitely lives up to my expectations so far. The sound is exceptional for such a small instrument, the range is just right, and it is very portable. Thank you for another great instrument!
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    Love it!
    Tom Browne
    11/05/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I purchased the hardware and blueprints for two animal harps- one for each granddaughter. The instructions were clear and the build is easy. The parts arrived with one small piece missing. When I called the company, the representative was very apologetic and expedited delivery of the part the next day. I'm very pleased with the finished product. This is not a high quality harp, but it's not meant to be. It's a fun introductory instrument for children.
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    A literal lifesaver
    Sarah Fugate
    11/02/2020
    Verified Buyer
    This thing is absolutely fantastic. I own a plucked psaltery that came with what's literally just a four inch chunk of metal as a tuning wrench. It physically hurt me to try to use. I'm also Autistic so fine motor skills are something I often struggle with. The steel tuner was NOT compatible with my difficulties. This thing makes tuning SO much easier. Granted, plucked psaltery is really sensitive, but this lets me meet it where it needs it. SO glad I found this thing. My instrument would've just kept languishing away had I not gotten this...
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    I Agree!!!
    Rob Meyer-Kukan
    10/27/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I echo the sentiment in other reviews, I thought (when I purchased my harp) that I didn't need a stand; but it is so beautiful I want to safely and easily display my harp. This stand is easy to use and, with the decorative rosettes, adds an additional layer of beauty to the instrument.
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    AMAZING
    Rob Meyer-Kukan
    10/27/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I love this instrument! I've researched a lot of music therapy instruments to incorporate into my holistic health practice and by far this was the most affordable, versatile, easy to use, and approachable. As a trained musician working to incorporate sound into my therapeutic practice, I value all of these qualities in this instrument. THANK YOU for creating this amazing instrument!!!
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    Astonishing Sound and Beauty
    Bethany Lee
    10/12/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I finally decided to add a lap harp to my collection and I'm so glad I chose the Sonnet! Musicmakers worked closely with me throughout the process and customized a few things that made this harp simply perfect for me. It meets and exceeds even my highest expectations. The finish is glossy and beautiful and the soundbox shape and unique design work perfectly to amplify the warm tone. The harp sounds full and rich and is so easy to hold I forget it's not a floor harp. I've had it for several weeks now and often find myself reaching for it for quick noodling or longer practice sessions. I've played in the park, on my couch and bed, on the floor, in my yard, and, yes, at my harp stool. I'm looking forward to many years of mobile harping with this beauty. It's an absolute joy to play!
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    Outstanding balance and weight
    Chris Mortika
    10/09/2020
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    I've played several different styles of dulcimer hammers, and these stand out. The balance point is just behind the tip of the handle, making them quick and responsive. There's enough room to allow for a three-finger grip. The leather is applied more professionally than the more famous name brands. Simply put, these are the best hammers on the market.
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    Mr Beem
    dasdasd asdasdas
    10/06/2020
    5|5 good book
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    Mr Beem
    dasdasd asdasdas
    10/06/2020
    5|5 good book
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    Mr Beem
    dasdasd asdasdas
    10/05/2020
    Verified Buyer
    5|5 good book
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    Music wire
    RS
    10/03/2020
    I like this stile !
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    Adore my Vivid Color Sonnet Lap Harp
    Angela Breidenbach
    09/30/2020
    After researching for a few years, but only playing moderate piano, I settled on a vivid color sonnet lap harp. I've had it 5 months and love the sound. I'm slowly learning to play at 15-30 min. a day, and can play some lovely simple tunes. I love the glossy finish, the added lights, and I splurged on the Camac levers as well as a rose inlay on the pillar. The sound is delightful (when I'm not the problem, lol). People see her in my living room and are stunned at the beauty. Then they often ask to try playing. Which I indulge. I really enjoyed the process when Jacob kindly sent me photos to check colors and share the progress. She even has a name, Ailsa Maeve—Supernatural Victory and Intoxicating (which is what it feels like to play and enjoy the harp after wishing for one all my life.) Thank you to all the team that helped me get this beautiful instrument. It's a treasure to me.
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    Strings of Poor Quality
    Donald Kiser
    09/27/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I bought these strings to use on a 4-string guitar of same scale length. It will not stay in tune. I had the same problem with a Musicmakers classical guitar. I gave that guitar to a friend. He restrung it and says it works great.
    If an instrument won't stay in tune - it is almost never the fault of the strings. These strings work fine. They do take several tunings to stabilize. If they don't hold pitch after several tunings, I'd look at the way they are attached.
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    I LOVE IT!
    Catie
    09/22/2020
    Verified Buyer
    just wanted to let you know how much I love my vivid yellow Jolie, now known as "Sunny". It is so beautiful and the sound blew me away when I first plucked the strings -- what a huge sound for such a compact instrument! It's rich, resonant and warm. Not having had the opportunity to try one out before purchasing, I took a chance. I was impressed by the wonderful reviews from other harpists. I was pretty sure I would like it, but my expectations were exceeded. Thank you for your expertise and wonderful customer service!
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    Shepard Harp Hardware
    Robert Anderson
    09/17/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Very nice kit. Had all the hardware I needed to finish my harp. Better than trying to ordering all the parts separately . Thank You
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    Sound Board
    Robert Anderson
    09/15/2020
    Great looking and strong plywood. Was package very well and arrived in good shape. Thank You
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    MusicMaker and Jolie Harp surprised me!
    Sylvie F
    09/14/2020
    Verified Buyer
    In 2017, I bought the Jolie Harp at the Somerset Folk Harp Festival. As I did not play at that time, I was nervous about this purchase. Since then, I found that the Jolie harp has a great sound. Just last week, my teacher commented on it. The size is perfect for me even if it has 33 strings, and the light weight is appreciated when I have to carry it from one place to another. The carrying bag and the wheels is well design and help a lot. Not able to find string replacements in my area, I made inquiry with MusicMaker by email. Following their quick answer, I ordered what I needed. Living outside the US and with the Covid restrictions, I was expecting my order at the following month. Today I was delighted to receive a package from MusicMaker. What surprised me the most it how quick the whole process took. Their customer service is great! Thanks !
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    Shepherd Harp Plan
    Robert Anderson
    09/12/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Downloaded the plans and printed them out on my standard printer. Built my harp and enjoyed making it myself. Robert Anderson
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    Regency Harp Plans
    Robert Anderson
    09/12/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Ordered and downloaded the plans and followed the directions to enlarge the plans to full size on my standard printer. The plans came out great and all I had to do is tape them together.
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    Ballad Harp
    MJ
    09/12/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I own a bigger, pricier, and heavier harp as my main instrument but this is so light and portable! It is comfortably easy to move around the house and transport in the car for music lessons and workshops. I heartily recommend it as a great beginner harp for adults and even children due to its good sound, comfortable petite size, wide range of strings, and the lightness of the strings on the fingers. This was a great purchase!
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    F2 wound string
    Amos premkumar
    09/11/2020
    Verified Buyer
    F2 blue string with vibrating length of 47 inches for my Regency harp
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    Works for Studio Harp perfectly
    Donald Drumm
    09/10/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I made a few Studio Harps as different "experiments" . I presently rented them out to a music school to start a harp class. This fits my need perfectly. Great construction and great price.
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    Love the Lyre-Harp
    Paul
    09/06/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I got the kit to build myself and it made for a very special harp for my daughter's birthday that she's wanted for years. I surprised myself for how well it turned out and how fun it was to build. I hope to do more in the future!
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    great product
    jim mack
    08/16/2020
    I make folk instuments. The tuners a good quality and easy to install. Good product at a reasonable price.
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    Lovely desk
    Melinda
    08/14/2020
    I thought the instructions were clear and easy to follow. My harp desk turned out great!!
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    Sonnet Lap Harp
    Wilma
    08/14/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Thank you for creating another harp beautiful in all ways! The Sonnet looks absolutely lovely and it has a strong, clear sound. It sits comfortably on my lap, and the added range of strings is wonderful. The color codes on the levers as well as the circular colored rings on the tuning pins are so helpful. The travel bag is very well made. I also purchased, afterwards, a set of strings which came well organized and packaged. I recently asked my harp teacher to test her out, and she was amazed at its sounds. She said MusicMakers makes such great instruments. Thank you to everyone who had a part creating my Sonnet harp!
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    Fabulous kit experience
    Bethany Lee
    08/12/2020
    This was a perfect project for these stay-at-home times. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, even for someone without much woodworking experience, and the results are definitely something I can be proud to own. This made me want to try another Musicmakers kit!
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    mini dulcimer kit
    Christopher H Kunkle
    08/10/2020
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    Worked well. I've built two for my grandkids. I found that having no back made it difficult to stay in tune, so I did add an 1/8" baltic birch back and it made it very stable. I had so much fun with it I made a full size one for myself from the plans from music maker.
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    Great kit for a starter tenor banjo
    Scott
    08/10/2020
    For the price, this is a really great way to start with the tenor banjo. The kit was well laid-out, with all the parts you need, including drill bits and an Allen wrench. The materials were also of good quality. The instructions were clear, but not always consistent. For instance, they recommend installing the frets in the fingerboard before attaching the fingerboard to the neck, however, the pictures show the fingerboard being glued to the neck without the frets installed. That may be confusing, but just follow the instructions (install frets first) and it will work great. There are a couple of things I'd recommend to the builder. First, the shape of the neck will make a huge difference on the playability of the banjo, so spend some time on this step. Additionally, setting the string height via the slot depth in the nut will also affect playability. Again, take time to do this well. I have some experience building instruments so I did a few additional "tweeks" for sound and playability. First-time builders may not want to venture that far, but I thought I'd just mention them: !. I found the leather protective patch to dull the sound of the strings a little, so I fashioned a piece of ebony to match the curve of the body. It sits between the strings and the body just as the leather is supposed to. The tone was brighter and louder with the ebony than the leather. 2. I spent some time leveling the frets to improve playability. This required re-crowning the leveled frets with a crowning fret file (and some experience). It took three days to complete the kit, most of which was waiting on the finish to dry, but it was quite easy. Overall, I'm very pleased with how this turned out.
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    My first kit
    Rivk
    08/09/2020
    Verified Buyer
    It came very fast, but the box had fragile stickers all over it and was crushed. Everything survived it was a different color or type of wood but I am having fun.
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    Beautiful and functional
    Linda Schubel
    08/09/2020
    The harp desk is perfect for reading music as you play - no more fighting with the legs of a separate music stand to try to get it in the right place. And it is beautiful! Can’t get any better than that - functional and beautiful! Very happy with this purchase! Thank you!
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    Folk Harp Design and Construction
    Alan Pyeatt
    08/08/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I love this book. I'm only giving it 4 stars because it's a little light on theory, but it has some great information and enough "nuts and bolts" knowledge to help you get the job done well. Definitely worth the price, and I recommend it.
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    Beautiful Design
    08/06/2020
    I haven't been as excited about a new Harp accessory as the day I got my new Harp Desk! It is absolutely beautiful wood work!! I love that my "stand" is closer (easier to read the music) and is SO much easier to reach out and tap the page turn on my iPad (because it's closer to reach). The "small" width Harp Desk is perfect for my 12" iPad Pro. I wish I would of bought this years ago - it is so fantastic! Now I can do away with my iPad stand for when I go to play in the hospitals. Thanks Music Makers for making such beautiful wood work! I love it :)
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    Hurdy Gurdy DVD
    William Harman
    08/04/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Old school - very useful. Couldn't open it until I installed an app, but runs just fine. Mr. Brown reminds me of Mr. Rogers.
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    Wonderful travel harp!
    Sara B.
    08/04/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I'm so pleased with my new Sonnet harp! My primary harp is a large and heavy floor harp that's difficult to transport, so I'd been looking for a comfortable, beautiful-sounding smaller harp and took a chance by ordering a Sonnet. It's everything I could have hoped for: rich, sweet sound, comfortable to hold, and easy to pack up and transport. Because I have a shorter torso, I don't find it comfortable to hold on my lap as shown in the video, but by wearing the strap (which I asked to have installed) while sitting, I'm able to situate the harp lower on my knees and anchor it comfortably while playing. The Camac levers were a great upgrade, and I was so happy with the communication with the Musicmakers team, who always responded promptly and kindly to my emails while my harp was being made. Overall, I'm just so happy and highly recommend this lovely smaller harp!
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    Reverie Harp
    Chet Lawson
    08/03/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I wanted something different to do during pandemic isolation and saw this instrument on line so decided to give it a try. Everything arrived well packaged and on time. Beautiful pieces of wood and well crafted hardware. I followed the easy to understand instructions, put 6 thin coats of oil based poly on it. It's gorgeous looking and sounds even better. The only recommendation I have is to use a drill press if you have one available. I used a hand drill with a block guide. Difficult to see what's happening and hard to hold so close to the curved edge, yet I was able to get 22 perfect tuning pin holes. Can't wait to get started on the next build, just ordered a Dakota Mandola kit from MM.
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    Good, solid kit
    08/03/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Great beginner kit. Straightforward, complete, pieces were mostly well cut, instructions clear -- and helped much by the video. The top and bottom pieces were not symmetrical, but only off a bit and not enough to not fit the frame and, anyway, it gives the instrument character, right?
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    Kantele Kit
    Bill
    08/02/2020
    Verified Buyer
    The Kantele kit is terrific. The wood pieces are beautiful and very accurately cut, making assembly easier than expected. The instructions are clear and complete. I have had a couple of minor questions that I sent in and I got very helpful responses in just a few hours, even on the weekend. I am looking forward to playing the kantele after putting the finish on in the next couple of days.
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    Clever, functional design
    Catherine Madsen
    07/30/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I have a Dusty Strings FH36 and a Stoney End Loralea (same design as the Lorraine but strung F-F). Both work well on the medium size platform. Unlike the photo, the Harp Wheels is now designed with two straps, one at the back and one at the front, which makes for more versatility and safety. Haven't tried with the harps in bags, but will want the wheels mainly for indoor use anyway. Another satisfied customer!
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    Psaltery Bow
    Byron Davis
    07/30/2020
    Arrived in fine condition due to the careful packaging. It is very attractive in cherry.
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    dream harp
    Lucille Ashcroft
    07/26/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I wanted this harp when I first saw it, but had to wait til I could afford it. It was worth it. It is beautiful, and beautiful sound.. I had 2 friends over and played all my harps for them, and they loved this one, said it was the best. I agree. Right size, right color, right sound. It is great.
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    Fun Build
    Craig
    07/22/2020
    This was a great kit and I really enjoyed building the Mandola. The instructions were easy to follow and were really thorough. You can see the video of my build down below.
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    Instrument stand
    Chet Lawson
    07/18/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Two beautiful pieces of wood, needed very little sanding. I applied 4 hand rubbed coats of oil based polyurethane satin for a beautiful finish. Installed the hardware set, very easy to do. It will be a beautiful complement to my Reverie Harp.
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    Best Baritone Uke Ever
    Jeff Orr Hunter
    07/15/2020
    The kit comes with everything you need and although it is a kit there is still room to be creative and build an instrument that will be truly unique. Having some experience with wood working I did some inlay work with mother of pearl and shaped the fret board so pleasing to the eye as well as the ear. easy to follow directions step by step guide you from start to strings. Mine sounds and plays wonderful too. I am so proud to show and tell my friends that yes, I made this !! I wish this review would let me post some pictures ??
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    Brendan Murphy
    Brendan Murphy
    07/13/2020
    Verified Buyer
    having had great success with my first 'Limerick' harp build and now on my second for my two nieces am delighted with the speedy service I have received.
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    Wonderful Harp
    Steve
    07/07/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I have no formal music training, but I can make beautiful sounds with this harp. Lots of fun just seeing what you can do with it and very relaxing just to strum and feel the vibrations against your body. Wonderful therapeutic value in this insane world.
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    Outstanding product and customer service
    Sally
    06/30/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I purchased the Concert Uke Kit as a Father's Day gift for my dad who is a skilled woodworker and loves intricate projects like this. It was out of stock and when I called Musicmakers to see if there was something similar I could purchase, I was put on hold for a brief second and then told they could put a kit together and send it out that same day! The kit and comprehensive instruction book are both of excellent quality. My dad was thrilled and is very much looking forward to assembling it. An enormous thank you to the Musicmakers team!
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    Lynda Lyre Kit
    Thomas Baker
    06/19/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Fun.... beautiful... and a great way to learn this lyre.... finished it in two days.... now, awaiting the drying from Varathane 3X satin..... This is the second kit.... I built the Cheyenne Harp, also quite easy.... it has been in several TV shows from my auditions as an actor.... come one Musicmakers.... give me a challenging kit!! You guys are awesome.... your support and communication are laudable....
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    Very Good Tuners, Even Better Service
    Michael Sedore
    06/19/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Reasonably priced precision tuners are nearly as rare as white crows, but these are the real deal. The gear ratio allows precise setting, backlash is minimal, and the setting holds well. Truly a bargain at the price. As good as the tuners are, the service from Musicmakers is even better. When Fedex recently bungled a delivery, Musicmakers stepped up and replaced the product immediately--no red tape or awkward exchanges. They're a pleasure to deal with.
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    Love it!
    Beth Riddiough
    06/18/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I received my Voyageur harp last Saturday safe and sound. I am very pleased with the high quality and overall beauty of the design - it is like a piece of artwork. I cannot keep my eyes off of it. Not only is the design easy on the eyes, but it also has a big, gorgeous, and warm timbre that fills up the entire room. Thank you to the staff, they were most helpful and answered all my questions and concerns (Jen). I ordered a harp desk also but was told it was on back order. However, lo and behold, it arrived with the harp and with the rosette I chose. Now that I have lived with it for almost a week, I feel sure I will be playing beautiful music with my new friend for a very long time. Thank you Musicmakers!
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    Baritone Uke Kit
    Dennis Mart
    06/15/2020
    Verified Buyer
    First - I have just started construction of the kit, so review might not be complete. The materials appear to be high quality. I have built two other instruments, both from kits. Instructions are very complete, with photos. A few things that you need to be aware of. This is VERY important: check that all parts are as described. I have been woodworking for many years and know one wood from another. The back sent with the kit did not look like mahogany ; it was in fact Maple. I called the company, questioning this and talked to a luthier. He told me that they were shipping a mandolin kit and my kit at the same time and the front/ back parts got mixed up. I was never notified of this error. Luckily. I noticed the error before building the kit. They were very apologetic. and sent out the right back/front pieces with a call-tag to return the wrong pieces. Point being - check all pieces carefully. They were very accommodating and handled the problem in a quick and professional manner. I have since received the correct parts and returned the wrong ones. So far, the pieces appear to be well machined. The ribs seem to have a large amount of dried glue to be sanded off? This kit requires a fair amount of sanding (especially the walnut corner blocks I received in my kit ) so using cabinet scrapers might make the chore a little easier. Then again, what else do we have to do during this quarantine ?
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    Fantastic harp!
    Rebecca
    06/13/2020
    Verified Buyer
    The Jolie harp was recommended by a couple of experienced harpists I trust, and I'm so glad I now have a Jolie of my own. The harp is beautiful, the build quality is excellent, and the harp sounds wonderful. I think the aircraft birch soundboard will be great for the extremely dry climate where I live, and the warranty offered by Musicmakers is great for my peace of mind. The harp projects well and the spacing and tension of the strings is very comfortable. I'm very happy with my new harp!
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    Ballad Harp
    Ann Licano
    06/11/2020
    Just got my Ballad Harp...love it. Just my size (I'm short with small hands). Great sound...better than I had imagined. And...the weight is perfect, not like other harps I've had that weigh over 30-40 lbs or more. Great work, guys.
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    Maple Bridges.
    Nathine Tereana Goldenthal
    06/07/2020
    Verified Buyer
    The bridges are well cut, but could be smoother in the valleys. The groove is well maintained (1/8") through the bridge with no damage to the bead. The sides did have some roughness as well. Since they took to time to stain the base, more sanding would have helped.
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    Tuning key
    Bob
    06/06/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Worked as described, nice quality fast service. I may start putting these in with the Aeolian Harps I sell so my customers can do "tune-ups".
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    Reverie Harp Review
    Laurie Davis
    06/01/2020
    I am soo happy with my Reverie Harp. It’s tone is soo beautiful. I’m a harp player and this lap lyre type harp is soo easy to play. Their customer service is wonderful. Thank you music Makers
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    for psaltery
    Robert Cutillo
    05/30/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Works great, delivered on time
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    Don't know what I would do without these string sets
    Marnie L Hutcheson
    05/29/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I love my harps, and there is nothing nicer that knowing that they can always sound so sweet! A broken string can ruin my meditation with a missing note, and frantic search for a replacement if I don't have spares. So, I always keep spares and a whole new set to raise my spirits. I love being able to buy the whole set ready to string! Thanks Music Makers
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    great decision
    Kevin
    05/22/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I've been wanting a traditional instrument to learn for awhile, and when the pandemic lockdown was starting decided that this fit my budget and skill level nicely. The basic construction was fairly simple but involved enough to be satisfying. I really stretched the time out by hand sanding and learning to wood burn to decorate the sides. Quality of parts is very nice, the mahogany is beautiful. Had a very nice sound and I'm enjoying learning to play traditional music and fantasy songs! Overall I'd say this kit is very much worth the money! Great quality, not too difficult with basic skills, but lots of room for creativity!
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    Best Purchase Ever!
    Pam
    05/20/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I absolutely LOVE my harp! It is the most wonderful thing I have ever purchased. It doesn’t matter which strings I touch, the sound is always joyful. 💗💗💗 Thank you for creating such a beautiful instrument. 🙏🏻
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    My SECOND REVERIE HARP!
    Octavia Lindlahr
    05/09/2020
    I bought my first Reverie Harp in Sedona, AZ. Fell absolutely in love with it. I must add I play no strings instruments, only drums. I picked it up and just started messing around with it in the store! I bought it instantly. I played it so much that my fingers got blisters. I have no idea what I am doing on that thing but people keep telling my I sound like I have been playing forever! One person even wanted to book me for a wedding!! Well, sadly, it got left in Mammoth on a trip and I couldn't recover it. Heart broken. I bought my second one from Music Makers just last week and received it a few days ago. My heart is full again, and as a non-musician I can just say that the sounds bring me joy beyond words! The quality of the instrument is superior. THANK YOU for bringing my harp back home! Octavia
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    Musicmakers autochord blueprint
    stephen hummer
    05/09/2020
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    Reviewing the download blueprints, has benefits, as well as, the print enables the luthier, to guide his building more accurately. All downloads, are the best possible diagrams, to use, for instrument building and comprehensive completetion.
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    Reverie 2 harp music magic
    SW
    05/04/2020
    The reverie 2 harp is a well made instrument. Gorgeous solid wood body. The sounds that vibrate from it are pleasant and peaceful. Comes in a nice carry case, included is a tuning instrument and information about the harp, music sheets to get you started. Children and grown ups in the house enjoy playing it, even just to tinker. Met all my expectations.
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    Beautiful and well crafted!
    Mikaela Sargent
    05/04/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I have zero experience with harps, but I've wanted one for a while and since we're currently in the great 2020 pandemic, I figured now was the time! The Ballad harp kit comes securely packaged with extremely detailed and easy to follow instructions. The 30-40 hour estimate on build time is accurate, but between my husband and myself we got it done in just under a week. I even added a mahogany finish to darken the color. The instrument itself plays beautifully. Be aware that tuning it does take a while the first couple of times, but once you get it there it's impressively loud and clear. Here's a picture of our finished product: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Gc_oi-Y_z63H2PInKxpBE_UBRJvUhS9I
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    Not yet built
    Geoff
    05/04/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Box arrived very quickly - great shipping ! It is currently in my garage awaiting clearance of work space so I can put it together. I assume kit quality will be excellent and will respond again after the 'build' when I'm learning to play it.
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    Excellent book!
    Taras
    04/30/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I gained a lot of knowledge from it which will assist in future harp making projects. I regret not buying it prior to commencing other harps I have made! Excellent book :)
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    A good history lesson
    Taras
    04/30/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I am not sure what I was expecting from this purchase but I was definitely surprised by its content. It was like opening a time capsule and seeing into what the harp world used to be like before my time. There is even instructions on how to generate programs on early home computers in order to assist with harp making. It wasn't the easiest of things to read from start to finish but I feel as though I benefited from doing so.
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    Thumb Piano
    richard k burris
    04/30/2020
    Verified Buyer
    It was fun to build my first musical instrument. Other than a couple of my mess ups the build and finish went great and it seems to work great too. The only complaint is the link to build help was not very informative. Also tuning help was not very helpful but there were other videos on YouTube that helped. All in all it was a great kit.
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    Kantele kit
    Thomas Kahelin
    04/27/2020
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    Easy to put together and it was a great learning experience. I will be purchasing another kit.
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    Stability accomplished
    Mary
    04/27/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Fit my harp great and the side to side stability issue is solved. Feels very securely balanced on my lap. Easy installation.
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    Five Stars Not Enough!
    Grandpa Woodworker
    04/27/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Friendly people, fantastic service, beautiful harp. Now if only I can learn to play it.
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    so soothing
    Lucille Ashcroft
    04/22/2020
    Verified Buyer
    It is very well made, beautiful. I love to play it to relax me when I get up tight. No need for training, it just sounds goo any way you play.
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    Limerick Harp String 26 (C3)
    Jean Goldberg
    04/19/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I received all the information I needed to order the correct replacement string for my Lynda Lyre.
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    Fee nice
    Jim
    04/18/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I don't have any previous experience with hammers, so can't speak to their effectiveness (I'm using them on everything, except a hammered dulcimer). I can say they feel good in the hand and are nicely made.
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    Door Harp hardware kit
    Cary Mannaberg
    04/17/2020
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    The quality of the hardware is excellent. I bought 3 sets to make door harps as gifts. I can send a picture if you want.
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    Richard Switzer
    RICHARD SWITZER
    04/17/2020
    I ordered these strings for my wife's Jolie harp. Everything was neatly organized and my order arrived very quickly. Great purchase!
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    L handle wrench for tuning zither pins
    04/17/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Excellent feel and finish and operation.
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    Bow for psaltery
    04/17/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Excellent design and quality.
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    Zither pins for a psaltery
    04/17/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Bought 50 pins, received 51, thank you. Pins are of excellent quality
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    Finished the Kit
    stephen Glueckert
    04/14/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I finished the Hurdy Gurdy which took about 57 hours. It plays and I am simply thrilled with the final result. However I would caution anyone undertaking this project to take their time, review and measure all the parts before beginning. I would never recommend undertaking this project without a wood shop, plenty of space, wood tools and a savy understanding of stringed instruments. The materials are really impressive. In my case, unfortunately the sides were two different lengths (about 1 inch difference) and I unwittingly followed the initial directions to glue the heel and tail without measuring the length of the sides. This created a challenge to square the heel to the tail. I had to recut and reconstruct the heel. The instructions suggested using tape to position the sides before glueing. I found this suggestion of using strapping tape,.. a complete fantasy. I would suggest making a wooden jig to position the sides, which I did, and square the head and tail and position for glueing. Another area of concern is the complete lack of instructions for the manipulation of the Bridges. These are a little tricky and some clear instruction here would have been helpful. Its simply absent. I ended up consulting a friend for help with this. The lathing of the wheel seemed precarious, however, it ended up working very well. However, although the chisel I used was vey sharp, the wheel ended up with some imperfections in it and the left pits in the surface of the wheel. This was the first of the materials that was not up to snuff. It was time consuming to patch and repair. Finally the key tangents are a great design, after sanding and positioning the keys into place, simply by pushing them down into their position I have broken two. The materials in the stems on the two were not up to snuff. I have decided to remake a half dozen to have available when I play. I am looking forward spending time with this great instrument.
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    E gut string
    Sharon Sexton
    04/13/2020
    Verified Buyer
    This is a replacement for the original E string I used to string my harp with. It arrived in a very timely fashion and is working just fine
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    Jolie 33 string harpkit
    Jenny
    04/08/2020
    Verified Buyer
    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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    Gorgeous!
    Rena Vacha
    04/07/2020
    I am absolutely in love with my new vivid color Voyageur harp. It looks absolutely stunning and, most importantly, sounds gorgeous. My entire purchase experience was fantastic from start to finish. Everyone I spoke with in the shop was friendly and knowledgeable, and I felt very welcome during my visits. Amazing place; lovely people; beautiful harps.
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    Playing the Harp Beautifully Book 1
    Annette Ieda
    03/28/2020
    I bought this book to review and compare with other beginning harp books for the self-taught student. I like it best out of the 4 books I reviewed.
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    Every generation falls in love with the Reverie!
    Elizabeth
    03/28/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I received my Reverie Harp a little over a month ago and I find it so relaxing and soothing. I asked my 16-year old grandson to try it but he was “too busy with his computer games”. Then a little later, after hearing me play it, he decided he would like to try it “for a minute.” So, he sat down on the floor at my feet and started playing it -- and kept playing it. Eventually, he looked up at me and said “I didn’t realize I would like playing this so much!” This was really high praise! My 2 and 4 year old great-grandchildren also love it! Thank you, MusicMakers!
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    Great Kit
    David Brown
    03/27/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I have built a number of their kits and continue to be impressed with the quality and instructions of each kit. With all the photos and great descriptions of each and every step, you just can't go wrong. You can tell they have put immense thought into every part of each kit. Highly recommend !!
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    New Devotee!
    Ritalinda
    03/27/2020
    Received my absolutely gorgeous Reverie Deluxe yesterday and I am delighted. I am a harpist and very used to tuning strings yet somehow managed to pop the very first string that I tuned yesterday. Yep, wrong tuning pin being turned. Ack, what a rookie mistake that I would have never made on my harp! Anyway, thanks to your quick response, the new strings I ordered last evening are already on the way. As a musician and a long time expressive arts therapist who specializes in hospice care, I cannot thank you enough for your creativity and craftsmanship. You have a new devotee! Be well and please keep creating!!
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    Zither Pins
    David Root
    03/19/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Filled order quickly with quality pins. Thanks!
    1 of 1 customers found this helpful.
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    Great Directions
    Carol Klink
    03/14/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I have just begun to build this dulcimer and I am very pleased at the clear, precise directions given, and also the videos available on line. I don't anticipate any problems and know I will have a beautiful instrument when done.
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    Everything you need!
    Paul J.
    03/14/2020
    This hardware kit had everything I needed to build my hammered dulcimer. I also ordered the build plans, bridge pieces, and a set of double-sided playing hammers. It turned out great! My kit included extra wire length and an extra tuning pin. The folks at Musicmakers were also very responsive to my questions as I worked through the build.
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    several products prchased
    Tim Marshall Tree of Life insturments
    03/11/2020
    I have purchased supplies and plans for years. Always been great to deal with. They also answer questions and don't treat you like a two toothed hillbilly. Very satisfied
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    Baritone Uke
    Joseph E Conrad
    03/06/2020
    Verified Buyer
    The materials, design and instructions were excellent. The kit made a very solid Baritone Ukulele. I am very impressed with the product and the kit. Would recommend it to anyone who likes to build things.
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    Gig Bag harp
    Wendy Lord
    03/06/2020
    Verified Buyer
    The fit is awesome and the quality even better. I continue to be very happy with my purchases from Music Makers!!!!💖
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    A MUST-HAVE REFERENCE FOR ANYONE SERIOUSLY INTERESTED IN HARPS!
    Jon Johnson
    03/05/2020
    I started making harps when I was 16 years old, back in the early 1980's. At that time, there was very little information available on harp design and construction - I sure could have used this book then! Fortunately, I started with a Musicmaker kit before I graduated to my own designs. Like many other builders, I learned mostly by trial and error. 37 years later, I am now delighted to say that Jerry Brown is still very much in my life - as the author of this wonderful book! What a treasure...I am fascinated by Jerry's very thorough yet extremely practical approach to harp physics - he leaves most of the math out of the art, guiding the reader through the real nuts-and-bolts process of designing and building a nice range of very fine harps, from simple to more complex. The book includes large paper string patterns that immediately take most of the guess-work out of laying out a good working string-plan. He gives us lots of excellent charts which can be compared against any existing harp or harp design - these charts allow you to design an instrument with the perfect distribution of string tensions and lengths - or to troubleshoot an existing harp design. There is so much more...like all sorts of different ways to design joints, soundboards and frame parts. All-in-all, this one book gives you everything you need to know about harp design and building - and it is all very user-friendly! This book is the BIBLE of folk harp making - for the common person! AND - it's currently the only book like it in the world!
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    recent purchased monochord
    ani
    03/02/2020
    Verified Buyer
    This is an awesome instrument. I'm seeing more youtube videos popping up where people are using it, so clearly seems to be catching on. Versitile and it seems it can be used in a lot of different ways....not only for music healers, but those who are interested in unusual and wonderful sounding instruments. I fall somewhere in between. I already have a reverie harp and the 2 instruments go beautifully together. So I am going to have so much fun putting this to use.....hard to not just sit and strum it forever !!!
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    Very pleased!
    Chris Tidwell
    03/02/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Purchased the Reverie Harp kit to build for my wife to use in the assisted living facilities that she visits. She was blown away by the gesture but was thrilled when it was completed and tuned. Great kit with everything you need, great instructions and pointers. Better than expected and allowed me to create a beautifully playable instrument.
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    Harp lights are awesome!
    Donna Chase
    02/27/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I put off getting these harp lights fearing I wouldn’t be able to install them myself. They were a piece of cake to install! Took me all of about 20 minutes. Most of that time spent deciding where I wanted to put the control. I purchased some brown gaffer tape (won’t harp surface taped to) and I had extra Velcro that I used inside harp to prevent buzzing. Now that they are installed I love them. I thought I’d only use them in low light conditions. However, I find I use them all the time, even during practice as the harp light lighting is simply wonderful! My only regret is I did not purchase them years ago! So if your hesitating, don’t wait purchase them now!!
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    BOOK FOR THE LYNDA LYRE
    Jan
    02/24/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Have not yet received my lyre to try some of the songs, but after strumming through the pages; it looks like it is going to be a very helpful tool so I am glad I ordered it.
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    old world lyre kit
    John
    02/18/2020
    I have finished the lyre. It is beautiful and sounds wonderful. The parts of of high quality and the instructions are very good. I did not use a router or power tools and it took a bit of time with hand sanding and plane work, but turned out well. They are quick to answer any questions emailed to them and are very helpful. This is my second instrument kit from them. Thus far I have made the reverie harp and the lyre. Both are great sounding and beautiful. A bowed psaltery may be next.
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    Great tool for Sound Healing!
    Tom
    02/04/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I have a private massage/sound healing practice here in LA. So I use different instruments to re-align brain waves, calm the central nervous system, and balance the energy centers (Chakras) before I do a full body massage (healing). I currently use my Reverie and Angel harps by placing them directly on the body and the various sounds help to calm and re-align the energies. I also use it for hospice or hospital work. The Monochord is a specific sound instrument that would be most beneficial for meditation and breath work. So when I place it on the body, the constant key of C, especially the lower notes, vibrate strongly in the body (even stronger than the harps) and help the individual reach a more deeply meditative state. As your video highlights, they can also be used with other instruments like the Hapi Tank Drum. As an individual, I can sit in the lotus meditative position on the floor, and place the monochord on my knees and strum it as I do breath work to myself.
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    Fantastic Project (don't let the 5 hammers scare you)
    Adam Horrocks
    02/02/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I loved this project and while it does take a little patience it is not as daunting as I originally imagined. The wood is beautiful, the instructions clear and easy to follow, and the result is a very interesting instrument. Warning.... be careful with the strings I wasn't and broke 3 of them (if you are not familiar with the cost of cello strings... you will be surprised). Anyone looking for a project I give this my highest recommendations.
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    Door Harp hardware kit
    Lisa Parker
    02/01/2020
    Verified Buyer
    I have ordered 3 of these kits. They are high quality and I am very pleased with the kits. I highly recommend them and also like the plans, although I modified them by fully enclosing the door harp like a small guitar.
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    Outstanding Kit
    Phil Reed
    01/31/2020
    Verified Buyer
    Outstanding kit. The instructions are great, the parts well-organized and well-prepared for assembly. All you need to put it together are basic woodworking skills and the time and patience to do things carefully. Also a general idea of how a banjo works, so that when you go to make the final adjustments you aren’t completely at sea. Reading the instructions more than once is also recommended. The result: a very solid, playable instrument that will outlive you. Great job, Musicmakers!
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    Music for your soul
    01/18/2020
    During my cancer journey my music has been important to me. I like combining my harp with other instruments. I have used my tongue drum and then I found this beautiful insturment. It is so memorizing and creates such calm and peace. I love taking it outside and playing with the sounds of nature. The sound catches in the wind and lingers on. It truly is a beautiful instrument that can bring calm and joy to the soul. I am excited about all the possibilities where this insturment can be played and the sounds shared.
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    Review of open-backed banjo kit
    Rand Rasmussen
    01/12/2020
    Dear MM Folk: I have been frailing the 5-string banjo for some 40 years, and I am an accomplished player. During that time, I have owned some of the finest banjos made—the latest of which was a highly customized Vega Senator. Because I have no wood working skills, I had my Music Makers kit shipped directly to my brother—a gifted wood worker—and gave him free reign. He returned to me a beautifully crafted instrument worthy of hanging on a wall. Although I had originally intended my MM banjo to be my "beater" instrument; something with which I could travel, and take on motorcycle trips, after I received the completed instrument, a strange thing began to happen. More and more often, I found myself leaving my $2,500 Vega hanging on the wall and selecting instead my MM kit banjo. At first, I *made* myself play the Vega—which, don’t get me wrong, is a very fine instrument—reasoning that it was expensive and should, therefore, be played. But after a time, I realized this was just silly. Instead, I just gave myself permission to play the banjo I love: my kit banjo from MM. Eventually, the Vega went out the door. Now, my MM banjo the only one I own—or want to own. So what is it about this instrument that has taken me so thoroughly? I am not sure, really. It would be easy to lay it off to soggy sentimentality because my brother made it for me. But that doesn’t really cover it. Although I am very appreciative of my brother’s work, ultimately, I am too experienced a player to allow sentimentality to cloud my judgment. No, I am in love because it is, for me, the perfect instrument! Perfect sound, perfect feel, perfect look. I perform in public a fair amount, and I cannot count the number of people who have complimented me on the look and sound of this banjo. I have also had more than one luthier comment on the brilliant simplicity of the neck adjustment and head-tensioning arrangements. Because this is now the only banjo I own, I have customized it to my personal preferences. I had my luthier add a frailing scoop, and I replaced the straight bridge with my standard favorite: a curved Moon bridge. I also had my luthier remove the leather string-pad at the bottom of the banjo and replace it with a second nut made of ebony. This not only makes for a cleaner departure point for the strings, but I love the look! Because there are no brackets to dig into my leg, I needed something to keep the banjo from sliding around on my lap. So I added strips of grey/black, "tread" tape at strategic points which worked great! I think it is highly likely that this banjo will remain my "one-and-only" for the remainder of my playing days. Thanks for a great product! Rand Rasmussen
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    Harp Desk Kit
    Donna Switzer
    01/06/2020
    I love this Harp Desk! I bought the kit for my Jolie harp. The kit arrived complete with parts, detailed instructions, and was a snap to put together. You can put your music on your harp, and it is close that you can see it, and makes playing a delight. I would recommend this kit for purchase.
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    Harp Wheels Kit - small
    Richard Switzer
    01/06/2020
    I gave my wife this kit for Christmas. She was able to complete it with only a little help from me in drilling holes and attaching the wheels. She attached it to her Jolie Harp easily and it works fine. This is the second kit she has made, Harp Desk was first. She told me she would recommend these kits.
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    Also a great wire strung
    Biagio Sancetta
    01/01/2020
    This is a very nice harp. It can also be easily converted to a "classic wire strung clarsach with brass or bronze strings if you do not want steel that Musicmakers supplies. The conversion is simple: make the sides 1//4" thick and glue a hardwood board on top; place the tuning pegs where the bridge pins would otherwise go. Use the free string analysis spreadsheet that MM provides for the new strings, range G to d.
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    Amazing instrument design
    David Johnson
    12/31/2019
    Verified Buyer
    This was my first ever instrument as a woodworker. If I had any questions of the print or hardware, Musicmaker team answered them promptly. I highly recommend their business. My hardy gurdy landed in a very happy home ready for all kinds of music for many years.
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    Size Matters - So does the Board
    Biagio Sancetta
    12/26/2019
    Some people just press the eyelet into the (correctly sized) hole. If the board is not a real hard wood (i.e. it is a/c laminate) they can pull out - so put a tiny dab of superglue on the eyelet shaft.
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    Beautiful and Easy to Use
    Bryan Van Horn
    12/24/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I received the inlay and I was impressed with the packaging. Music Makers packed this so well that there was no possibility that it would be damaged with normal shipping abuse. I cut the slot for the inlay and it bent easily around the instrument I was building. It held together when I removed the tape that held it while the glue dried. A slight amount of sanding later and it was smooth and beautiful. I would definitely buy this product again.
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    Lovely little touch
    Anna Hesterberg
    12/19/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Perfect for my Magic Fluke ukulele to turn it more lute-like! Nice little piece of work, easily stained.
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    De-Light full!!
    Marji Hazen
    12/18/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Used the lights for the first time today after repositioning them from the soundboard (helpful hands didn't read the directions, of course) to underneath the harmonic curve. As you said in the description, they can be moved without leaving residue in the first spot. Since I have a small 17 string harp, I didn't need all the lights. Seemed wasteful to cut some off but had to be done and required only a scissors snip (very easy and safe). The lights are nice and bright. They light up the strings, the player's hands, and the music (mine is on an orchestra stand to my left). The battery pack lasted through our 3 1/2 hour session today, was not in the least in the way, and it did not in any way complicate the playing of the harp. NO vibration; nothing in the way, and the harp packed up in its case with no extra equipment to look after. Your "HarpLights" is a very well designed item. The on/off switch on the battery case is another plus - a quality switch that works well.
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    Playing with the Cheyenne
    Biagio Sancetta
    12/15/2019
    As with all Musicmakers' harps, the Cheyenne is carefully designed. I love the long bass strings which give magnificent sustain, and the sound board's response. Being adventurous I decided to change the board to double tapered spruce and also changed some of the string specifications to suit my individual preferences. That is one of the nice things about buying a well thought out kit: if you want to you can pretty much customize it, or just be happy with a great design as is. They cut the sound board and back a little oversized - intentionally - in case these might be damaged in shipping - but they package it so well that is unlikely. But you will have to shave a bit off the edges and top. Overall, a great harp at a great price!
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    Zither pins
    12/06/2019
    Always good.
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    Realy nice
    Merwin Dooley
    12/05/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I started building the day it arrived. At the end of first day, build and sanding completed. End of second day finish and pins installed. Third day added strings and tuned. Wrapped in seasonal paper, tagged, ready to be opened on Christmas morning. It is that easy when you read and follow the instructions and have quality parts to work with.
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    Addicting
    Tammy
    12/05/2019
    L❤️VE this virtual drum!!! ❤️💕❤️
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    Reverie Harp
    12/03/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Thank you for all the care you have taken in making and shipping this wonderful musical instrument, which takes you on such a gentle journey.
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    Easy to work with
    Ruth Hyman
    12/01/2019
    Verified Buyer
    This thumb piano material works well. I make a variety of thumb pianos in different sizes and keys, so it is perfect for customizing to my needs. I cut to size with metal snips and file the edges smooth. Always terrific customer service as well!
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    Regency harp eyelets ordered
    Elizabeth Justis
    11/28/2019
    Excellent service; my order was shipped promptly.
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    A work of art!
    Brook
    11/26/2019
    Verified Buyer
    The harp arrived yesterday--and I could not be happier with it!!! For many years, I have been on a search to find a lap harp that was pleasing to my ear. Some have come close, but your harp is in a league all its own. The tone is so warm and resonant and mature, if that makes sense. It's as if I'm playing one of your beautiful floor models with the sound encapsulated in this lap harp. The Sonnet is a work of art, both physically and aurally. It is, by far, the very best lap harp I've ever played. I cannot thank you enough for building such a beautiful instrument and for the fact that I'll be able to enjoy it for years to come. Also, I can guarantee you that I will be talking it up in all the harp circles of which I'm a part. I'll probably make a post to go on Facebook/YouTube soon, and a lot of friends who are harpists will see and hear it.
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    Love its tone & handy
    Crystal Lee
    11/25/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I'm a beginner harpist and need to practice a lot during idle time. This lovely cute little harp is so handy that I can bring it anywhere easily. Although it is small, still create very rich tone. Mine one is nylon, sound like my other harps at home, just a bit different on the string space (smaller than standard harp).
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    Excellent buy!
    Terrell Beck
    11/19/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I've now ordered MusicMakers' spring steel for kalimba tines 4 times--because they are the least expensive, most flexible & accommodating place to order that I have found. And their shipping is phenomenal: even when I order on a weekend, I get it a couple days later.
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    A Nice Harp, Easy Upgrade
    Biagio Sancetta
    11/19/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I like all Musicmakers' harps and have decided to upgrade the sound board and strings to concert grade, on this one although it is just fine as it is for many purposes. I just got carried away. The sound board will now be spruce and I changed some of the strings to suit my preferences. The kit arrived on schedule and complete; I have had it now for a week and if I had not decided to mess with it would now be stringing her! I asked for some minor changes in light of my intentions and the folks here were just great.
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    Backcountry elegance
    Tom A
    11/18/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Beautiful wood and craftsmanship. It came perfectly adjusted with nice plunky, staccato nylon strings... the loudness and tone easily tailored by strategically placing pieces of light foam padding behind the skin, for muted playing in the parlor. I find that the Fred Kelly Freedom picks work well and bring out a balanced frailing style sound, for me. I would prefer playing it without a strap and am searching for a way to keep the beautifully finished but slippery round framework from sliding down out of position. I will experiment with foam padding and a elastic strap. I am very pleased with this Mountain Bsnjo, and I look forward to the many hours of practicing the great variety of clawhammer stye tunes, that interest me. Thank you for the care and pride you put into this instrument. It also looks fantastic displayed on my wall. Tom
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    Harp desk
    Rachel
    11/13/2019
    This is a beautiful product. It will make my therapeutic harping much easier as I move between patients without having to lug a heavy music stand (and do multiple trips to carry everything). Thank you.
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    Inlay
    Martin Bauer
    11/09/2019
    Verified Buyer
    His inlay is excellent to work with. The inlay is very close to uniform in width. Very slight sanding to fit a 1/4 groove (0.005 oversized). The joints are tight and pattern lends itself to corners. Excellent quality throughout. I will be purchasing more and have a examples of its use. Highly recommended.
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    Music stand
    Tom Woodford
    11/08/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I built this from a kit a few years back and hoped to again but you no longer have it as such. But it's a good stand and I want another. This method should provide some interesting woodworking challenges I hope I can meet. I may modify this and that now that I have the chance. I'll let you know how it goes!
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    An Excellent Design
    Biagio Sancetta
    10/27/2019
    This was my first floor sized harp and it was so easy and fun to build that it inspired me to design other harps on my own. When beginners ask me about buying a reasonably priced first harp this is often what I recommend. The finished harp is competitively priced or you can just buy the kit for a big savings. The kit is carefully designed and only minimal wood working experience and tools are needed - I put it together in my living room. Since all the critical elements have been done for you it is very easy to customize with different strings if you want a different tone; Musicmakers provides a free string analysis worksheet!..
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    Very Nice!
    Terry Jones
    10/21/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I bought the plans and hardware kit and everything was there that I needed to build my own with lumber that I purchased myself. As result the dulcimer came out perfectly!
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    Dulcimer Strings
    Anthony Walker
    10/21/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Fantastic quality strings
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    Dulcimer tuners
    Anthony Walker
    10/21/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Great tuners at a fair price.
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    Beautiful and Tuneful Design
    Ralph Ross
    10/20/2019
    I actually bought a used assembled Mt. Dulcimer. However I have built 2 Kanteles and 3 of the Strumbly kits. I did notice the quality of the wood and the construction of this used one was top notch. In fact although it was used it was in pristine condition. Important factors of course, were that it played smoothly and sounded very bright and melodic. It is a quality and solid instrument. Wonderful.
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    L handle tuning wrench
    Debbie Radke
    10/19/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Fit my Celtic harp perfectly! Thanks.
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    Really great starter project
    Steven Baric
    10/18/2019
    Verified Buyer
    The wood and parts are really high quality. I feel like my kit was rushed through a little, as the parts weren't really cut to fit with a great deal of precision, but regardless if you have just a little bit of woodworking knowledge it's very easy to glue up in a day. The sanding did turn into a bit more shaping, but it's worth noting that walnut does sand quite easily. A drum sanding bit with a hand drill works very well for the inside curve of the snail to get it shaped down quickly. I opted for a Tried & True Danish oil finish, and I honestly couldn't be happier. I've had it assembled for about two weeks now and I don't think I've gone a day without playing it. A great piece for any folk instrument collection.
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    Excellence
    Shawn
    10/17/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Beautifully made and super fast shipping!! Thanks!!
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    Folk Harp
    John
    10/14/2019
    Great book with many solid suggestions! Great sense of humor!
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    Love my harp lights
    Jean Root
    10/14/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I just love my harp lights. It keeps my strings from disappearing on funky carpet.
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    Sweet Instrument of Peace
    Karen
    10/09/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I play the lever harp and volunteer playing for hospice. What I like about the Reverie is that I leave my paper training behind and just play. It is freeing and lovely. I have played it for my acupuncture patients and one is hoping to buy one! The bell like tones are lovely. You can gliss and it doesn't sound like a piano. The small size and light weight make it very easy to carry about. Thumbs up!
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    Harp Wheels Kit is AWESOME!!!
    Melissa Saffelder
    10/08/2019
    About 10 years ago I purchased your harp wheels for my Lyon & Healy Folk Harp at the Southeastern Harp Conference. I now have a Grand Harpsicle harp that needed harp wheels, so I purchased this DIY kit. It was VERY easy to assemble. Directions are thorough. Makes it so easy to wheel the harp rather than carry it, and also makes the harp more stable, and less likely to fall or get knocked over. Thank you for yet another quality harp accessory.
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    Great quality, relatively easy to use
    anonymous
    10/04/2019
    Verified Buyer
    the kit is great quality for the price. It does have to be adapted (using different screws) depending on what base/body you're using to construct the item. It would be helpful for construction instructions to indicate which size of keys go where.
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    22 metal string Lynda Lyre
    Tom T.
    09/27/2019
    Verified Buyer
    A very angelic resonating instrument that sounds heavenly. If one would like a complimentary sound instrument, this is it, by all means.
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    Perfect fit and works great
    Lawrence Marshall
    09/14/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Ordered a string for a custom made harp. Was unsure of which string to order. Instructions on the sire helped me figure it out. Delivered as promised and it fit just fine and works great. Will use them again for sure
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    Lots of great looking plans, but...
    R Anderson
    09/13/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Lots of plans included, but purchased exclusively for the mini-concert harp plans. There is a 30 string harp plan and a 36 string harp plan. The string chart for the 30 string harp is typed and easily readable; however, it looks like the string chart for the 36 harp plan was handwritten and it is difficult to make many of the numbers out. That is the harp my husband will be making for our daughter, but he’s not a fan of the string chart.
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    wonderful chart
    terry
    09/06/2019
    this gage to note chart was very helpful
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    Splendid!
    frederic Beach
    09/05/2019
    Verified Buyer
    All parts were there and well packaged. Very good quality wood and hardware. I glued it all together the afternoon it arrived and was playing it at lunchtime the next day. The product is as described, easy to assemble with few tools required. However, I would not have completed mine nearly as quickly if I did not own a bench disk/belt sander, orbital sander, rotary tool, and drill press. I really like this instrument that has a beautiful sound. This is the third music makers kit I have completed and they are consistent in their quality. The instructions were very clear.
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    Excellent item
    René from Switzerland
    08/30/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Very well for stabilizing. Simlpe item with maximum impact. Perfectly done, congratulations. Love it!
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    You can teach yourself hammered dulcimer.
    Ed Dawson
    08/25/2019
    Verified Buyer
    This goes beyond the book, which, in my opinion as a teacher, a great starter. Everything I have purchased from you has exceeded my expectations. Frankly, you guys are #1 on my list of companies I deal with. A shining example of commitment to quality and customer service. Well done.
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    Lovely book.
    William Strech
    08/23/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I am enthralled with the material in Jeremy's book, "Folkharp Design and Construction." With this book, I am confident that I can design and build my own harp.
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    Good stands for small harps
    Marianne
    08/21/2019
    I own three of these stands. I use one for my Reverie Harp, one for my Lynda Lyre, and one for a small Anglo Saxon Lyre. They are adjustable so I have one sized down for the smaller lyre. The soft plastic material keeps my instruments from sliding around in the stand and does a good job of keeping the stand from sliding around on smooth surfaces. I like having my harps on display because they are beautiful, and it is nice having them out so that I can easily pick them up and play them whenever I want. I am a hospice volunteer and play my harps for patients. The stand folds up and fits nicely in both my Lynda Lyre case and in my Reverie Harp case, making it easy to take along.
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    Harp Hardware Kit
    Garland P Sprinkle Jr
    08/17/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I haven't actually used the kit yet but it is very well packaged with all of the necessary items. I'm building a harp from scratch and look forward to the challenge of installing the hardware and stringing the harp.
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    Soundboard for Harp
    Garland P Sprinkle Jr
    08/17/2019
    Verified Buyer
    The soundboard material was packaged very well and arrived in a timely manner. The plywood did have a light horizontal scratch on one side and a chip out on one corner. Neither of these issues could have occurred in shipping because there was no damage to the package. Both issues were worked around but are the reason for a 4 star rating.
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    Surprisingly simple to install!
    Shawn E. Bracebridge
    08/17/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I picked up an old Triplett harp with no levers in fairly good shape, but it had no levers, so I wanted to try to make the instrument a bit more versatile. I also do not have a great attachment to the harp as it is likely in its last decade of life. So I tried out these levers. They are one-size-fits-all, so there are no worries about having to buy specific ones. They were surprisingly simple to install. Now I can play in 3 keys on this sweet little instrument!
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    Lynda Lyre stand
    Katherine Spignese
    08/16/2019
    Verified Buyer
    This stand is wonderful! Using a guitar strap hurt my neck and shoulder. I did not want to dampen the wonderful sound by gripping it with my legs. I was playing one handed to use the other hand to stabilize it. The stand solves this problem. Now I can play with both hands! I love it!
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    Nice Psalmodikon kit
    Sue Macias
    08/15/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I just built a Psalmodikon kit, and it’s a nice, friendly kit to put together, and even friendlier to make music with. The instructions are excellent as is typical of Musicmakers. There are some YouTube ideos available also, which won be a great help for new kit builder. The kit can be built with a few simple tools. It helps to have proper fretting pliers, which I do, but they aren’t necessary. Ditto a belt sander. I did fine just using sanding blocks and sand paper to finish the box. The instrument comes with a pre printed transposition stick that works with the strumbly songbook. There is also a nice book of songs for a Psalmodikon offered by Musicmakers. Plenty of songs to play on the finished instrument. This Psalmodikon has a solid spruce top, so it sounds very nice plucjked or bowed. I’m not good with a bow yet, but this is a nice little instrument to torture with bad bowing, to learn to use a bow. I’ve figured out a few tunes on my own on the Psalmodikon a,ready. It has a chromatic scale, and only one string, so it’s always in tune with it’s. It’s a great instrument to get started with music, snd that’s what it was originally intended for. Great first kit to build, too. It’s a typical quality product that Musicmakers is known for.
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    Zither Pins
    Helle Stier
    08/11/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Wonderful service and speedy delivery to me on the other side of the world (New Zealand). Thank you!
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    Limerick Harp Kit
    Sean
    08/08/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I purchased the plans and hardware kit for the Limerick Harp. I built the harp from scratch and everything worked out perfectly.
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    My BLUE SONNET HARP is a winner!
    Debbie Doyle
    08/06/2019
    I love my new Blue Sonnet Harp!! The finish is absolutely beautiful! It is a pleasure to play and has a very resonant sound. The bass is rich and does not disappoint! The levers are high quality and the strings are true to pitch when the levers are engaged. My Sonnet is light weight and so it's easy to transport or travel with. Music Makers were kind enough to install a pickup at my request so I can plug into the sound system at church or an open-mic night--which I'm sure I'll do since this harp sounds so good! Thanks, Music Makers! I am very pleased!
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    great wire
    jim
    08/05/2019
    Verified Buyer
    works great for door harps...reasonable price
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    great starter kit
    jim
    08/05/2019
    Verified Buyer
    excellent quality and prices with fast delivery
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    Great service and price
    Proctor Taylor
    07/29/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Buying these separately from other sources is impossible in England and costs more in the States - this is convenient, inexpensive (even including pricey overseas shipping) and Musicmakers' service is fantastic.
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    Excellent Plans
    Curtis Warstler
    07/25/2019
    Verified Buyer
    These are excellent plans. the only thing I would like to have seen is the string count included in the description. Cant wait to build this, though I will be modifying the plans a bit to include a back panel.
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    Great for a first time builder
    Curtis Warstler
    07/25/2019
    Verified Buyer
    This hardware set is great for a first time builder when you don't know what you need to get started. Takes the guess work out of it. Thanks for the kit cant wait to get it built.
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    Excellent Plans
    Curtis Warstler
    07/25/2019
    Verified Buyer
    These plan's are very well laid out and thought out. Look forward to my building experience.
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    Dakota Mandolin Kit
    Brett Baumberger
    07/17/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I purchased this kit to build for a friend. I found it pretty easy; just time consuming. I liked the "tips" in the instructions. I have built guitars before, but never built a mandolin. It sounds excellent, and stays in tune. I did add some walnut binding on the body and used abalone fret dots on the neck and side of the neck. I am likely to buy another kit for myself.
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    Super simple
    John Miller
    07/15/2019
    Verified Buyer
    So easy to assemble and finish.
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    Perfect (well almost)
    frederic Beach
    07/15/2019
    Verified Buyer
    My daughter purchased this kit but had it sent directly to me for assembly as mothering leaves her little time for building. I had previously built the Music Makers mountain dulcimer which was a great project and resulted in a fine instrument. The Lynda Lyre kit was equally as much fun (easier) and I absolutely fell in love with the the beautiful cherry wood frame pieces. Everything fit together perfectly and the design and soundboard material produce a beautiful tone. The only suggestion I would make is that MM provides a separate template that is precise instead of the one that is printed in the manual and needs some compensation for the printers need to shrink it. It was not a problem for me but it did make for some anxiety. A template (in my humble but arrogant view) needs to be perfect if it is going to be a template. Thank you music makers, I know my daughter is going to be delighted with the lynda lyre.
    That is a good suggestion. Jerry is working on it right now! Hopefully we can come up with something that will be more accurate and consistent.
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    Old World Lyre
    Sue Macias
    07/13/2019
    I’ve built one of these before, and the original has quite a history in ancient Zaragoza, Spain, so since I like lyres, I wanted to build one for myself to play. The kit is of very high quality, and the instructions for building it are very good. I’m still working on mine, and the frame is done, the soundboards are also on it. All I have left to do is sand, sand, sand, and put a finish on it. I should also mention that you don’t need a router to build this kit, as per the instructions. I’ve nowhere to use one, and always build my instruments with hand tools, like the old guys did. I did it entirely by hand, with simple hand tools, no workshop , in other words. I only mention the hand tool build so that someone wanting to build one of these lyres, but lack the router or a works full of power tools can still do it. The kit has black walnut arms, frame and yoke, the yoke is pre-drilled to accept the zither pins, which I liked. I did t have to do it, tho I do know how, snd I confess here that I do have a cordless drill. It’s my only power tool. The soundboard is solid spruce, so you have to be careful with that. But it’s not a problem. It gives the lyre a very nice sound. When finished it’s a beautiful instrument, and you will not be disappointed in the quality. I have built quite a few MusicMakers folk kits over the years, and they are well designed, and supplied with excellent assembly instructions. I should also mention their excellent customer service. I’ve had a few glitches over the years, and they have always made it right, given grea advice, and are just nice people. I’m a longtime fan of MusicMakers.
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    Awesome book
    Katherine E. Spignese
    07/05/2019
    This easy to understand reference tells you all that you need to know to design and build a successful, lovely sounding harp. It answers questions such as how to determine the string length for a note such that it does not break or sound dead, how to make sure that your neck does not break under the tremendous string tension. It gives you options for soundboards. It explains the different joint types that can be used and much more. It is one of the best investments I have made.
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    Perfect
    Geoff
    06/21/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Just what I needed - good quality.
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    Reverie Harp
    Donald Graff
    06/21/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I love my R.H. It’s so easy to make lovely music on it and it’s a real piece of art, besides.
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    The harp turned out great!
    Jerry Bauer
    06/21/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I gave these plans to a wonderful woodworker, to make a harp for one of my students. He's not a luthier, or rather, he wasn't a luthier. The plans are clear and pretty easy to follow, even for the weird angles of the neck and pillar joints with the soundbox, He did make one error, and the finished harp has 27 strings, but that's fine, and not a problem with these plans. (If you're a software engineer, you know about the "fence post" problem.)
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    Music director for children
    Marilyn shepard
    06/19/2019
    I love mine....
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    Zither pins
    Wayne Underwood
    06/17/2019
    Verified Buyer
    My second order from MusicMakers, great pins, great price, fast shipping. Thank you guys.
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    Review of stand for hammer dulcimer
    Kathryn Lordan
    06/14/2019
    Verified Buyer
    What a beautiful piece of woodworking!! It’s strong and versatile in potential positions. I am thrilled!!!
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    Awesome virtual drum experience!
    D.M. Dougall
    06/13/2019
    Sooo fun to "play"
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    Dandy Duster!
    Eileen Koszyk
    06/10/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I love this tol! Makes it so easy to keep my Reverie harp clean!
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    Prepare for Download Failure
    Seth Premo
    06/08/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Tried 3 times to download the file sent to me in email; It failed saying, "no file." [Google Chrome] After that, it told me "failed: no file", and after that it linked me to a Musicmakers web page saying I was "out of downloads." Don't purchase thinking you won't have to go through customer service in order to actually receive it.
    Sorry to hear you had trouble with the download. I tested your download link this morning and downloaded the file with no problem. I'm also using Google Chrome. Seems like this issue might be on your end. I've reset the max number of download links so you can try again. I'll also send you the file directly through wetransfer so you can be watching for that email.
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    HAPI
    David Schleyer
    06/07/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Very solid and substantial. Beautiful hammer tone finish. It produces mellow and soothing tones. It’s fun just to play random notes. The mallets fit inside the hollow end and all fit in the gig bag.
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    koffee
    2star
    06/05/2019
    ohh my baby
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    Beautiful looks and sound
    Joshua Ariizumi
    05/28/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Our daughter started with a 26-string Harpsicle last year, and quickly outgrew it. A nice L&H or DS was going to be too expensive. I had just finished a DIY electric guitar kit, so I Googled DIY harp kits to find the Voyageur. Compared to similarly priced harps, the Voyageur's YouTube Sound Sample was an instant favorite with the whole family. I'm no woodworking expert, although I love DIY in general and own a decent amount of tools. I spent close to 50 hours over 9 days (4 full weekends, 5 work-day evenings), due to it being my first time on a project of this degree of detail. I could do it much faster if I were to build another. The instructions were very clear, and the videos were a great help. I had to call in when I made a mistake on trimming the soundboard, and Jacob was very helpful in resolving my concerns. Most hardware parts came with spares (which I thankfully didn't need). However, the package was missing a tuning pin and the rosettes that I had ordered with the carving. They took care of it immediately over the phone, and shipped them out the same day. Excellent customer service! I used 7 coats of MinWax Wipe-on Poly (clear, gloss) for the finish, and it came out beautifully. Both my wife and daughter are pleased with the outcome. We can't wait for the strings to stabilize in tuning! The sound quality is just like the sound sample video. When played forte, the very powerful sound can even be faintly heard across the street, with the windows closed. It's such a huge upgrade from a Harpsicle! Thanks for the great harp kit, and I look forward to building the hammered dulcimer kit next!
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    Surprisingly incredible!! 👍🏻👍🏻
    Chase Ledet
    05/28/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I’ve been dreaming for a harp for many years now, and opted for the belle kit because it is affordable and makes a floor harp capable of adding levers which I want. I did so much research on the Belle and though it sounded pretty good in the videos on YouTube, but I had no idea... I received my kit in the mail on Tuesday and worked diligently so that i finished stringing it on Sunday, which was great. I enjoyed the building process thoroughly but I was extremely eager to play it. My real joy with my instrument (who I named Phillip) was while stringing and getting to hear some of the first notes. I was blown away by the full roundness of tone. For $800, I wasn’t expecting crap, but I had no idea that it would sound this beautiful. It also has a very nice sound presence. I’m impressed with its ability to whisper, but also make strong, bold statements. It is quite a lovely harp, and the only reason I see myself getting rid of it in the future is to make way for one with more strings. Thank you so much Musicmakers for giving me the opportunity to make a long-time dream of mine come true for a price I can afford and a sound I couldn’t have imagined! P.S. Careful on the wound strings not to let the nylon winding reach the tuning pin. I broke a string on day one because the winding got too high. (Winding is okay to round the bridge pin, but not the tuning pin. On my next string, I’ll put a cork or wooden spacer on the existing leather anchor at the bottom so that the winding at the top can’t reach the tuning pin, even as the string stretches and settles.
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    fun work
    Mel
    05/23/2019
    Verified Buyer
    The plan and hardware kit are each fine for me. Mostly I like to deal with pleasant people like at Musicmakers. After all, I do this for the fun/accomplishment/mental journey of it....making various musical instruments. Only wish I had discovered this enjoyment back in my 20's, and had the choice to keep it fun. But as to this hurdy gurdy (which I generally call a better name), it is a bit of an unusual piece to me, in that: it is a slate for which presents opportunity to express some additional art. The plans and the pamphlet make good sense.
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    Great therapy tool
    ROBERT ALDRINE
    05/20/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I have built two of these harps and ordering a third. I use one at a local care center; one I built for a friend; the third one is for a friend who will use it in a hospital/hospice ministry. I have had only one question in the building of these kits and Cody was very helpful in providing the answer and help I needed. Bless you all for this great ministry tool.
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    Excellent Resource!
    Christina
    05/19/2019
    Verified Buyer
    This is an excellent teaching resource for the harp. The author explains concepts clearly, has plenty of pictures for proper technique, and reminds you throughout the book to continually evaluate your technique. The pieces are beautiful yet practical and guide you through progressively harder pieces. She also has helpful tips for practicing. The last half of the book presents the basics of music reading and theory as well. Highly recommend!
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    Beautiful instrument!
    Christina
    05/19/2019
    Verified Buyer
    My husband and I built the Cheyenne Harp and I am so impressed! The harp itself is beautiful to look at and has a lovely sound. It has a rich base and overall mellow tone with abundant volume. I truley enjoy playing this lovely instrument. I chose the Cheyenne specifically for the large range and overall sound and I am not disappointed! As far as the kit goes, we've never done anything quite like this before. My husband has plenty of experience with engines, less with woodworking. So there were challenges, but the directions were very clear. We also used the videos for the Voyager Kit (nearly indentical process), which was very helpful as well. There are other tips in those videos that aren't necessarily in the directions (but might be obvious for experienced wood workers). It is a testament to the MusicMaker's design and instructions that the finished product so well, both in appearance and sound, despite some of our mistakes in the process! I chose the kit as a way to get more harp for the money, and again, I am not disappointed! I highly recommend both this harp and the kit!
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    Not as wide as I thought it would be
    Dee Mac
    05/18/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I have an I-Pad Pro, 12.9 which is 9" wide, in it's case. I bought the 9" harp desk, calculating I would lose about 1" of space to the black adjusting knob, which I was fine with, as I'll be using this to go in and out of hospital doorways, smaller areas, etc., I didn't want it to be too wide. But it turns out the area that holds the music is only 8-1/8" wide, so after you subtract the 1" the knob takes up, the desk is only 7-1/8" wide. Something you might want to keep in mind if you use a large tablet. I wish they had been more detailed about the dimensions. I guess I'll use velcro or something to give it more stability. Otherwise a very nice item. I've also purchased their harp dolly in the past, and I like it very much!
    Thanks for the good feedback. You are absolutely right. The overall width changed when we updated to our latest design. I'm sorry we didn't realize this. I've updated our description online.
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    Voyager harp string set
    QV
    05/16/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Everything to my satisfaction.
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    bottle almost full
    Robert H Schwarz
    05/14/2019
    Verified Buyer
    They have certainly taken the reviews into account....I received more than enough pin fix to redo an entire german zither, with penty of pintite left over. Using this in combination with violin bow resin solved the problem at a very low cost.
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    Zither pins
    Wayne Underwood
    05/09/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Great pins for folk instruments, fast shipping. Will definitely buy again. Thank you.
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    Gorgeous sound
    JMM
    05/07/2019
    AMAZING sound, full and ringing and bright: it immediately became my favorite instrument, and I traveled with it for 6 months last year (planes, trains, automobiles...) I still can't believe how resonant it is--the luthiers who invented this deserve a lot of credit. I made the wire-strung version from a kit and it was trickier than I expected. You really need a router to trim the (considerable) excess wood from the sound box, as well as a drill press to set the tuning pins properly. The back panel is veneer, unfortunately, so you can't round the edges and it looks kinda ugly. Mine developed 2 vertical hairline cracks in the veneer, and a hairline crack in the soundboard from the bridge down, when it was drying overnight. A year later, though, none of the cracks have enlarged and they don't seem to affect the sound at all, so I'm hoping they're just cosmetic problems. I haven't yet found a good way to hold it. It's noticeably top-heavy because of the solid frame and light soundbox, and the rounded bottom means it's unsteady between my knees, so it's a bit awkward for me. Still, I *love* the wire sound and I'm really grateful to MM for this instrument.
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    Soundboard blank review
    Dennis Siler
    05/06/2019
    Verified Buyer
    The soundboard blank arrived very quickly and was well-packaged. On first glance it is obvious that this is not standard 1/8" Baltic birch, but something much higher quality, and something much stronger. Standard Baltic birch ply of this dimension has one thick central ply and a much thinner face and inner veneer only. This "aircraft grade" plywood has multiple thin plies throughout, with no voids, no knots, just strong and clear overall. This is what is needed for soundboards!
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    That image really helped
    Nancy Cupp
    05/04/2019
    I am mostly self taught, and never understood how strings are numbered. This page with the sound bite of the middle C note as well as the illustration of the piano and harp strings really helped explain it for me, especially since I am mostly a visual learner. Thanks so much! Now I understand how the strings are numbered. Does this work with any brand of harp or strings? I have a 22 string Harrari Harp that starts and ends on C strings.
    Hi Nancy. I'm glad the illustration was helpful. It should help you with your Harrari Harp. Using the numbering system and our online keyboard should help you identify the correct octaves for the strings on your harp.
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    Rêverie Harpe
    Daniel
    05/02/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Bonjour. J'ai attendu, avec impatience, que ma harpe soit livrée. Quel ravissement lorsque j'en ai joué ! Elle était très bien accordée et le son et la sonorité, la résonance m'ont enchanté ! Je suis très satisfait et très content de mon achat! Merci MusicMakers !
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    Beautiful music
    Agnes Barbosa
    04/21/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I love my new Reverie Harp. I have a very stressful job, my anxiety is always high. I can't believe how relaxed I feel once I start playing. This is the best thing that I have done for myself in a long time.
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    A thing of beauty
    Robert & Kathleen Romick
    04/21/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I'm new to harp playing, so my experience is limited, but I find this harp is beautiful to look at and I love the tone. I'm very satisfied with this harp and the service I received from everyone at Music Makers. I'm very glad that I made this purchase and look forward to many years of enjoyment ahead.
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    nice easy build kit and beautiful sound
    john harmes from down under but not upside down ie western australia
    04/19/2019
    Verified Buyer
    kit was easy to assemble as long as you follow the the instructions also easy to string up and tune polyurethane finish and gloss spray awesome
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    Not up to the level of the other kits.
    Bill
    04/07/2019
    Verified Buyer
    This is the third kit I built from Music Makers and I was disappointed in it. The materials and craftsmanship were not up to the level of the other Music Maker kits. The thin sides bent and cracked when clamped and the neck had some dings in it. If you're looking for a "starter" kit, I'd recommend the kantele.
    Hi Bill, Sorry to hear the sides cracked. Let us know if you need replacements.
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    Nice kit!
    Bill
    04/07/2019
    Verified Buyer
    This kit is made of fine materials, very easy to build and yields a lovely haunting sound. You'll have some significant sanding to do and I recommend getting access to a power sander. The wood is beautiful and the rosette is a nice touch to make this a lovely instrument all the way around.
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    Mine is 17 years old and sounds better every year!
    Jennifer D Simons
    04/05/2019
    I made two of these mountain dulcimer kits: one for my newlywed husband and one for me. I learned a lot about working with wood and both instruments came out looking and sounding stunning. I'm surprised at the volume and tone both of them carry compared to many professionally bought dulcimers. Attention to detail and thinking ahead about what the instructions mean for you to do is key. I was so excited about the kits turning out so well that I then made a bowed psaltry from blueprints, and I couldn't be more pleased with it, either--fifteen years later!
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    Zither peg tuning key
    Hannah
    04/01/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Worked great for tuning my lyre with zither pins. Would recommend, but be sure you buy the right size.
    1 of 1 customers found this helpful.
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    Wonderful Results
    Sean Roark
    03/31/2019
    Verified Buyer
    This kit was easy to build. The results are beautiful looks and wonderful sound. I recommend this kit for anyone that has basic wood working tools and skills.
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    Classical Fake Book
    Suzanne Worswick
    03/31/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Great book but not appropriate for lever harp. Too many incidental note changes. Great for piano.
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    Inlay banding
    Gary Stewart
    03/17/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Product is good and applies quite easily. However, tghe banding supplied is 39 inches long and the mandola requires 38 1/2 inches, which leaves little room for error. The banding can be brittle, so when I was unpacking it, a small length broke off. I would suggest that a bit extra be supplied when shipped. I have made do by making a 1 inch piece to complete the banding.
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    Harp wheels for my 36 string concert Oladian harp.
    Sharon L. Habener
    03/15/2019
    I am very satisfied with my harp wheels for my 36 string concert Oladian harp. I am studying to become a certified clinical musician and will use this harp cart to travel all over the hospital playing for patients at the bedside. I have a 26 string therapy harp which is portable and nice, but it is great to have the option of using my 36 string oladian, which has the wider range and more lush sound. I ordered a size small, and it is working fine. Is a bit long, but that is okay. The straps hold it in place just fine. I might be using the forward strap around the pillar of the harp more often than over the feet, as the straps are a bit stretchy. Overall, very convenient. The brakes work great.
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    Right fit for my lap harp
    Rebecca
    03/14/2019
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    I searched for the right wrench and was hesitant about which was the correct size for my “R” harp. This one fits perfect.
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    Play the Harp Beautifully by Pamela Brunner
    Suzanne Worswick
    03/07/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Excellent teacher!!! Book is a must in your music library!!!
    2 of 2 customers found this helpful.
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    Beautiful Instrument
    Bill Klein
    03/05/2019
    Verified Buyer
    The wood used in this instrument is truly beautiful and the inlay banding really sets it off. Construction was a bit tricky. The tenon on the neck was not long enough to snugly fit into the heel block. I added a shim for something to glue to and put in three screws to hold it. The finished product is really nice to look at but if you really want to play it, you'll want to lower the bridge some.
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    Gary Stewart
    02/28/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Just got my mandola kit (took a while to get her(. Everything looks good. Started assembly and will let you know what my result is.
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    Enthusiastic
    Patti
    02/27/2019
    Verified Buyer
    This kit is nicely cut and ready to put together, with easy-to-follow instructions! It does need quite a bit of sanding on the front and back body pieces, though. The neck and sides are great, but the front and back of the body is a little rough. I also discovered a small place on the head of the instrument that is splintered, so that need to be sanded, as well. I’m taking my time before stringing this instrument, and oiling before staining and finishing, as I’d hate for the body to end up splitting from being too dry. Overall, I’d still recommend this kit. I can’t wait to finish it!
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    Patti
    02/27/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Well crafted instrument. I couldn’t be more pleased! I’m having so much fun learning this instrument! Which isn’t hard, at all! Great first instrument for someone who enjoys making music, but knows nothing about it! I’m loving my psalmodikon! No complaints here!
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    Enthusiastic
    Patti
    02/27/2019
    Verified Buyer
    My Kantele delivered on everything promised in the description. Nicely crafted, Solid! Well-packed when shipped. I couldn’t ask for more. I’ve never played one before, so I’m just having a blast learning! I foresee a lot of potential with this instrument.
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    Great pins and great price!!
    Emily
    02/22/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I ordered these to make a door harp and these pins worked perfectly. Easy to install and tune. Making another order to build some more harps!!
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    Very satisfying project
    frederic Beach
    02/17/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I had some wonderful hours of enjoyment building the instrument and was happy with the quality of all materials and hardware. I found my communication with Music Makers excellent as all staff members I spoke to (via email) were very helpful, courteous and respectful. I am also very happy with my finished dulcimer which looks and sounds very good.
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    Reverie Harp Kit
    Wendy Lord
    02/16/2019
    Verified Buyer
    This kit is beautiful, from the quality of the wood to the easy of putting it together. I am not done yet but have put together two other Music Maker Kit, and understand how they work. For me it's satisfying to build my own instruments. I have been waiting along time to buy this kit and am anxious to finish and be able to hear her lovely music.
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    Play the Harp Beautifully
    Fran
    02/15/2019
    Verified Buyer
    The book is very well written and very easy to follow. I'm happy of my choice. The people who work at Musicmakers are also very nice and they did follow my request carefully. The only thing i was surprise to see is that the book looks used, not new as it should be: there are stains (coffee stains?) on the cover and through the first pages...but it's ok.
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    Beautiful craftsmanship and sound
    M. Eileen Kennedy
    02/13/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I bought this for my very musical brother (who enjoys ‘different’ and unique things) for his 60th Birthday. He was so surprised, and really loves it!
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    Incredible quality
    Barbara Gossett
    02/08/2019
    I purchased the very first hot pink Cheyenne Harp in the fall of 2018! When I got it, I was absolutely thrilled with the workmanship that Musicmaker's put into it. It is absolutely gorgeous and sounds so incredible! This was my second harp from Musicmaker's. I purchased a 36-string Gothic in 2000. The Cheyenne sounds even better - a beautifully rich and full sound with no amplification needed. I am a professional musician, but not a professional harpist, but I absolutely love sharing this beautiful instrument whenever I can. It is even better than I imagined it would be! Thank you, Musicmakers, for always providing quality instruments.
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    Beautiful instrument
    Louise Shiels
    02/01/2019
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    I had played a friend’s Reverie harp and knew I had to get my own. I’m over the moon with my investment. Thanks to Music Makers for shipping it out in time for me to take it back to the U.K. with me, very happy customer.
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    01/25/2019
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    Very pleased with the kit
    Matthew
    01/24/2019
    Verified Buyer
    My son and I recently bought and completed the Mountain Dulcimer kit. Both building and playing it have been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. The instructions were very clear and well thought out. It does help to read them through ahead of time (we did this repeatedly during the build) so you can anticipate upcoming steps. We ran into a slight discrepancy in that the scroll head lacked the ledge described in the instructions for the nut to rest on, but we were able to compensate by leaving a gap and letting the nut rest directly on the soundboard. We used several coats of Varathane wipe-on polyurethane varnish for a finish on the main body, and that came out well. All in all, a great kit, particular for first-time instrument builders.
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    Work Great
    Matthew
    01/24/2019
    Verified Buyer
    These strings work great and sound good.
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    Harpguitar builder
    Lou Siragusa
    01/21/2019
    Verified Buyer
    I ordered two of these to see what they are like as I plan to use them for the next harp guitar that I am building. They arrived promptly here in Australia and were very well packaged. They are well designed and the quality is very good. The lever mechanism has the right amount of resistance so that it is comfortable to adjust from normal to sharp positions and stays firmly in place in both positions. I will be ordering more of these.
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    Reverie Harp 2
    Mrs. Ulrike Fuchs
    01/14/2019
    Verified Buyer
    2 days ago I received my reverie harp and I'm overwhelmed with the beauty of this instrument. It is masterfully made and the sound is mesmerising. I'm very very happy with this purchase. It took only a few minutes of slowly plucking and strumming to send the intire family including the dogs into a peaceful sleep. To all the Musicmakers thank you for such a wonderful instrument which will give us pleasure for a very long time
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    ❤️
    Stacie
    01/13/2019
    Verified Buyer
    This is such a lovely instrument. It’s is beautifully made and the sound is heavenly. Today my grandson played it and I played along on my harp. We made beautiful music.
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    Gig bag
    Dan Newman
    01/12/2019
    I purchased the bag on 2/15/2018, it arrived promptly and I set it aside. Today, Jan 12, 2019 I used it for the first time. It is well made and padded, my dulcimer fits nicely. It has a storage pocket on the front to store the hammers and other accessories but the zipper is missing the metal part or tab that is used to open/close the pocket. There is no way to open the storage pocket. Fortunately my wife is an expert seamstress and will fix it for me. Should you purchase this bag check the zippers immediately.
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    Very helpful
    Oai
    01/07/2019
    Verified Buyer
    Thank you for prompt delivery of my recent order. It has been almost 2 weeks working on building my 1st hammered dulcimer from scratch. It is now 95% complete with just some minor adjustments. The sounds of this instrument is just beautiful... Your blueprint and assembly instruction are definitely helpful👍. Your part supplies is also convenient for building my instrument. I built a chromatic piano tuning dulcimer for ease of playing. Maybe will build a diatonic one in the future. Thank you for helping me making my dream instrument. Musically yours, Oai
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    Just Right
    Cheryl
    12/30/2018
    Verified Buyer
    This kit was just the right amount of work for a first build. I was really very impressed with how it was packed for shipping. Everything arrived in great shape and as described. You can shape the peghead as simply or intricately as you want. A great buy.
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    Size matters...
    Henry Blake
    12/29/2018
    Verified Buyer
    The eyelet is fine but make sure your size is the same as this medium eyelet. My harp had a smaller eyelet hole that this would not fit in.
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    A Good Starting Point!
    John Bennett
    12/26/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I downloaded the Hammered Dulcimer Plans and then went straight to the local FedEx store to have it printed on their wide-format printer (cost about $10 bucks). That greatly speeded my ability to get started, and I was able to get full sized plans that were not all folded up. Very nice. Dimensions and construction details are depicted on the plans. Of course, being a tinkerer, I couldn't resist altering the plans a bit. I really wanted my pin blocks to show off some beautiful curly maple, so I made the pin blocks a bit taller and opted to cut out an inner shelf to hold the sound board. It's taking shape quickly in my basement! Thanks.
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    Fast, complete, comprehensive!
    John Bennett
    12/26/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Hey! This hardware kit is exceptionally well thought out. It even includes the correct drill bits for installing tuning pins and hitch pins. The delrin rods are PLENTY long enough to do the job and have extra to make inlays on the dulcimer treble and bass bridges. The package came within days of my order and it was well packaged. Thank you!
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    Padded gig bag
    Donna Crader
    12/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Much more substantial than I anticipated. Very pleased!! Service was great too. They even called to make sure I had ordered the right bag. It was shipped the next day.
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    Perfect. Exactly what I was needing.
    Mike Moger
    12/24/2018
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    Not having built a harp before, and having a harp to repair in my shop, I needed some quality information on how to replace the sound board. The chapter on solid wood or engineered board was wonderful. I had assumed, as the harp is not made of solid wood, that it was a lesser quality instrument. Your chapter gave me the opportunity to change my mind, and look over the instrument with a new set of standards. I'll be building a number of harps in the coming months, so I dove into the rest of the binder with eager curiosity. Wonderful work. Perfect. Again, exactly what I needed. Thank you for your good work.
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    Good products and service.
    Fritz Roney
    12/22/2018
    This is the second harp kit I have made. Matt and Cody were a great help. I highly recommend MusicMakers.
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    Awesome!
    Rhonda Cynor
    12/19/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I downloaded this for my dad. He finished his banjo today! It's beautiful! Wish I could upload pictures for you. Thanks a bunch!
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    Harp lights
    Carol
    12/16/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Love my harp lights! We were not able to drill a hole in my harp, because of the bolted neck, but we positioned the light cord close to the neck and ran it thru the 1st opening in the soundboard, you can hardly see the cord and It was an easy alternative to drilling a hole and or holes and not being in the right spot. Thank you for a great product!
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    Nice Kit
    Dylan
    12/09/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Great kit, well worth the cost compared to building from scratch. The body, neck, and fingerboard came nearly finished. Most parts fit accurately, but the one I got required some more complex adjustments- the headstock was too thick for the tuners, and the neck mounting screw hole was off by a few mm. I wish the maker would have left the fretboard longer, but I'm sure they have good reasons for the current design. The building process was really pleasant overall. I used all sorts of hand tools, but especially a rasp, block plane, and card scraper. Perfect way to get your feet wet with instrument building.
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    Mr
    Lew
    12/05/2018
    What a good idea!
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    Fun and Easy
    Kathryn Aust
    11/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I love playing my Strumbly. I have named her Ola Belle! Like your previous reviewer more music for the Strumbly is needed. I do not have an ear for music so transposing traditional music to numeric music is a challenge! She is sound great, is small and easy to play and is a beautiful Instrument!
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    Such Fun!
    Erland Cole
    11/17/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I wanted to make my wife a special gift but as a recovering stroke victim not to mention never having done wood working it can be a challenge. I found the instructions first rate! The videos are also a big help! The "Snell" was cut very over sized, but nothing that some sanding couldn't fix. Building this kit has been great continued therapy for my hands and it feels so good to build a something special for my wife who is a gifted multi instrumentalist. It restores a sense of pride and accomplishment. Now I am saving a little money because I want to do the Mt Dulcimer kit next!
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    Replacing a broken string
    Jane Burr
    11/11/2018
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    So far I am happy with the strings. I have only replaced one, the highest E. Since I am left handed I was nervous about using the diagrams about the knots. I dropped a dowel rod into the harp because my first knot was loose. I shook it out and started over. That was yesterday. On the second try it seems to be perfect and looks the same as the original knots on the other strings. I much prefer using dowel rods to pieces of string to hold the knots.
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    I can believe i made thid
    Pam Rossetti
    11/11/2018
    Verified Buyer
    STARTED the old world lyre after i finished the lynda lyre. I used a walnut gel stain and let it dry snd the saned it off and it gave it a distress old look and put on a satin poly wipe on..i even stained the spruce and sanded it off.. the look and sound is amazing
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    Bowed Psaltery
    Gerry
    11/10/2018
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    Musicmakers are very professional and Customer friendly to work with. My kit arrived in only a couple of days. All parts and pieces ready to build. Thank you!
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    Carrying case for 5string Banjo
    Don Nicholas
    11/09/2018
    Verified Buyer
    As usual the product arrived in good order and very well packaged. Completely satisfied.
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    Sweet sweet sound!
    Robin J Verret
    11/06/2018
    This is a really sweet sounding harp. I built mine from the kit, which was very enjoyable. The quality of the parts are first class. I did change one thing...I used bookmatched poplar for the soundboard and put the spruce on the back in effect creating two soundboards. This makes the sound really full and sweet. I used a shellack finish with a carnival wax over the shellac. The harp has a very natural shine and feel. I’m really happy with the way this kit turned out.
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    Psaltery bow hair
    Caroline Fike
    11/05/2018
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    Excellent product, service, quality
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    Fun , beautiful project
    Pam Rossetti
    11/02/2018
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    This project took me about 10 days.i have never done woodworking but the directions were great..take your time and think three times and cut , sand , stain etc once..sounds wonderful..hardest part was stringing it.
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    Excellent Plans
    Gavin from British Columbia
    10/29/2018
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    I would like to thank you for the plans and hardware for the hammered dulcimer I bought recently. I chickened out of building my own bridges, but otherwise built it myself and had a lot of fun doing so, and am pleased with the result. An excellent set of plans and instructions made it a pleasure to build. I’ve ordered the hardware to build the mini for my granddaughter, as well as the stand plans.
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    Awesome Kantele!
    Dave
    10/22/2018
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    Excellent! I now have one awesome Kantele. My Finnish friends love it. The kit was easy to build and finish. Called with a question , the guys were great at technical advice. I totally recommend this kit and company!
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    mr.
    H. Pel
    10/18/2018
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    Speedy delivery. Product worked as it should
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    So many strings -- SO much FUN!!!
    Geoff
    10/13/2018
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    Tuning a just-purchased harp's replacement strings will be a breeze with this little guy. Good engineering here....and easy-to-use display. Good battery life makes it economically attractive, too.
    6 of 7 customers found this helpful.
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    Neophyte
    Geoff
    10/13/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Book received in fine shape. Looks perfect for a beginner; now I know what parts I'll be touching when I attempt to make music on my Lyon & Healy secondhander. Learning to play a harp at age 76 is preparation for the next great event....maybe the Lord can add me to His orchestra!
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    the best, Jerry! the best!
    Peter Wong
    10/12/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I'm so sad these are discontinued, but stoked that an email got them to put together and list two final "clearance" kits. i wanted something my 6 year old could play whenever he wants without supervision and this fit the bill. i did have to do most of the work:) not sure what the earlier reviewer was so upset about the toothpick frets for. the wood glue we used actually makes them super sturdy. i strung it and tuned it like a ukelele because he already knew some uke chords and everything is great on it. he decorated it with markers all in his own design.
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    easy to use
    Bob
    10/11/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I have never used an electronic tuner before, but this was very easy to use.
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    great product
    Kathy
    10/11/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I purchased this for my own use, for relaxation and creative release. I absolutely love this. The workmanship is supreme and the concept exceptional. I've used it several times daily since receiving it a week ago. Would highly recommend this to others.
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    My 3rd harp desk
    Lawrence Ingalls
    10/06/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I've owned several lever harps over the years, and I just bought my third harp desk, this time in walnut to match my new walnut Thormahlen Swan. This time, I got it in portrait orientation instead of landscape since I now have all my music on a tablet. It's my favorite so far. It's super convenient, and it looks great.
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    Well made, strong string.
    Boo Mullarky
    10/04/2018
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    I actually bought this to use on guitar. Been experimenting around with using all nylon (unwound) strings on one of my guitars. It became my D string. Well made and sounds nice.
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    Over Joyed
    10/02/2018
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    My grandfather who, was from Voss, Norway, made a Salmodikon in 1894 before he immigrated to USA. His Salmodikon stayed with the family until a year ago when it was given to me. I am a music teacher and have been living in Norway for 41 years. I had never seen this instrument before. A month ago another music teacher was visiting who knew it was a Salmodikon! I could not find anything in the library about it and was over joyed to find informastion from MusicMakers online. I now have the Music for Psalmodikon book. The history and how to play the salmodikon and read sifferskrift is great. And that you can have 4 psalmodikon instruments to make a quartet is fantastic! With a quartet you could paly the whole hymne book. What FUN Thank You!
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    Very satisfied customer
    Don Nicholas
    10/01/2018
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    I ordered a 5 string Banjo kit and received it. The shipping box and contents were very very well packed and received in good order. The instructions were very well written. I would highly recommend this company for any of their products based on my experience with them. I intend purchasing again from them. Regards Don Nicholas
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    Safe, sturdy & simple transport system
    Mary R.
    09/25/2018
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    I love the sturdiness and simplicity of my Harp Wheels. They are so much easier to use and space-saving than having to lug around a heavy non-collapsible dolly or cart. I also feel safer and more in control when moving and making turns, because I’m actually holding onto my harp or its case, and not a cart handle. I also appreciate the braking system, which ensures my harp moves only when I want it to, and as the video shows, even play while the wheels are on. Mr. Brown and his measuring instructions were very helpful. I am very pleased with this purchase and Musicmakers’ customer service.
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    Awesome sound
    Katherine E Spignese
    09/19/2018
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    I wanted a practice harp that could go anywhere with me; this Lyre fit the bill. The kit instructions were fabulous. I emailed my questions and got a quick response when I had any questions. Where I did not have enough clamps, I used my exercise weights. You can build this Lyre with minimum equipment. It took me a month of nights and weekends. I did a lot of pyrographic design on it to make it really pretty. The sound is wonderful. I made a backpack for it, and it goes everywhere at only 4 pounds. Whenever I start to play it, people want to hear more!
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    Quick Response
    Elizabeth
    09/15/2018
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    I needed this string asap and Musicmakers was kind enough to confirm that I had the right string -- and shipped it to us right away. Perfect! Thank you.
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    Mandolin Hardware Kit
    Del
    09/13/2018
    Verified Buyer
    The complete kit arrived today at the post office. Looking forward to completing the mandolin. Thanks again.
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    17/16 Hammered Dulcimer
    Arthur Glesner
    09/12/2018
    I have made 3 of these from plans. I gave two away. This instrument is as good or better than any you can buy. Careful selection of the tone woods for the back and sound board can alter the instrument to favor the upper or lower range. It is so sensitive it will play itself from vibrations in the room. Mine does and both of the ones I made for gifts have reported the same.
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    Very Helpful
    Marco
    09/12/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I am reading your folk harp design and construction book these days, with great interest, I like the practical approach and the balance between theory and practical tips. I have already built an "almost Limerick" from your blueprint, I call it "almost Limerick" as I chose a different shape for the neck and pillar, but the geometry is all yours. The harp turned to be a good one, different skilled harpists have already tried it and each time it is appreciated for the sound, especially at the bass end, which is quite a surprise for such a small harp So, congratulations for your design, it has to be a really good one if it led to a successful instrument at my first try at building one, and in spite of some errors I made (I had not bought your book yet).
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    Great Contribution to the Harp World
    Glen Cuthbertson
    09/12/2018
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    I'm writing to commend you for your excellent manual "Folk Harp Design and Construction". Without it I would not have even thought of venturing out on making musical instruments from scratch. But thanks to your extensive experience, you put together a manual that started me on a wonderful new venture in my musical journey. My background is a pianist first, and I am both a piano teacher, and piano tuner/technician. My own piano is a Steinway concert grand that I have rebuilt and refinished. This background experience, coupled with your manual, allowed me to design and build my own model of harp, the "Grand Imperial". Other models will follow for sure, based on your manual. What I really appreciated in your manual is your honesty, valuable information in easy to comprehend chapters, and your sense of humor. While you readily state that this is not a "woodworking" book, and assumes decent woodworking skills of the builder, it really helps someone with the skills and tools get up and running with their own design. You guide them safely away from many possible disasters, into the arena of success. I know that I have gone further using my background knowledge of pianos than your manual intended, (with an extended range of C1 to C7 on my latest harp), but I also know that I would not have even started without your manual. So I am indebted to you for this valuable resource. The excel spreadsheet is also a very necessary tool to use together with your manual, and is strongly recommended for a good (and safe!!!) scale design. Many mistakes can be avoided with these two invaluable tools of harp design and construction. Many, many thanks for your wonderful contribution to the world of Folk Harps.
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    You can’t find this on Amazon
    CherylRuth
    09/07/2018
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    This is a great duster. The name describes it all. I tried looking for a duster appropriate for my Reverie Harp, but there were none to be found on Amazon that were close to this Dandy Duster. I’m pleased with my purchase from MusicMakers.
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    Lovely harp desk
    Jennifer L Hill
    08/28/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I'm still waiting for my harp, but my harp desk arrived very quickly. It was packed very well.
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    Excellent
    Brian Withrow
    08/22/2018
    I just finished building a MusicMakers bowed psaltery kit using instructions a six year old could follow. It looks and sounds great. MusicMakers' customer service is unsurpassed. I am well pleased with their products and the way they do business.
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    A better tuner!
    Marie Brodbeck
    08/21/2018
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    I was glad to have a tuner with larger letters as I was unable to read my Korg-1 tuner. As I have very low vision, I would love to have a tuner with even larger letters.
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    A Therapeutic Musician's Dream
    Silvia
    08/21/2018
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    The Reverie Harp is gorgeous both in sound and appearance! I use it regularly in End of Life Care, with patients and family members. It allows great interaction. One of my patients' siblings wanted to sing for his brother one last time at his bedside, but was overwhelmed by emotions and felt frustrated. I gave him the Reverie Harp and we made music together: he was so happy to be able to express his feelings in music this way!
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    Great medieval bow
    Sue Macias
    08/21/2018
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    I’ve been a musicmakers fan for years now, and ran across this nifty bow while building a psalmodikon (spelling? ) kit. It’s a great medieval bow, too, and the kit is simple to build. The handy tip for priming the bow with rosin is fantastic, too. The bow works like a charm. It’s fun to decorate it, if so desired. It comes with the wooden bow, the horse hair, a rosin cake and instructions.
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    Quality Lyre
    Peg
    08/16/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I am very happy with my Old World Lyre! The quality of materials and workmanship on this Lyre is fantastic. I do music programs with children and parents are involved in some of the programs. Everyone has really enjoyed the instrument. It is also nice to come home after a busy day and pick up the lyre and unwind by playing some relaxing music.
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    Thanks!
    Howard
    08/16/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful instrument. I am extremely pleased by both the Old World Lyre and the Gig Bag. They are exactly what I was looking for. I enjoy playing this lyre so much that I am always thinking of songs that I can play upon it. I probably spend more time playing than I should, but hey it is both soothing to listen to and very melodic if you just strum. A big thank you to everyone in your business for making this a pleasant purchase experience.
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    As Advertised
    James Phillips
    08/14/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Quality "Grover" brand tuners! Received order very quickly. Like fact that you may purchase Lefts or Rights in any number combination.Thisfits my apllications very well.
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    My first kit
    Bryan
    08/10/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I was surprised at the overall fit and quality of the completed project. I have made a few cigar box guitars in the past, but this was my first kit instrument. The instructions were clear and very easy to follow. It probably took me about 8 to 12 hours in total including wood finish and final adjustments. The neck and fret board needed a good deal of finishing, but final assembly came together really nicely. I was especially pleased by the amount of adjustments available. The neck angle, truss rod, and drum tension can all be tweaked after the final build and really help to dial in the perfect sting high, intonation and action. The kit I received had different hardware than pictured and was missing a few washers. When I contacted Music Makers, they responded immediately and sent out replacement parts straight away. I also replaced the nylon strings and wooden nut with light gauge bronze and a zero fret, which I think improves the playability. The smaller drum head does not resonate as much as my Gold Tone banjo, but the sound is quite nice and the lower volume makes it great for practicing at home without disturbing my wife or neighbors. Overall, I would definitely recommend this kit, and plan on making some of the other instruments available considering how well this one turned out.
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    Tree Rosette
    Steve White
    08/07/2018
    Verified Buyer
    This product is beautiful and exactly as expected. I am looking forward to building it into my next guitar project.
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    Excelente¡¡
    Javier Posada
    07/30/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Es la segunda vez que compro en esta tienda desde la CDMX México y todo ha sido excelente, muy buen producto, maravillosa atención, precio justo y servicio eficiente. Los pin funcionan muy bien.
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    Reverie 2 Harp
    Mari
    07/24/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I just received my Reverie a few days ago and have been in a reverie ever since! I teach therapeutic Tai Chi, and it is an awesome accompaniment to meditation. I just finished a class with kids who have special needs, aged 5-8. They don't settle down too easily and today when I played the harp they laid down and relaxed. Of course everyone had to play it after! Amazing instrument whether used for enjoyment or therapy. Beautiful, compact and easy to play. I don't have a musical bone in my body! But the sounds that come from the Reverie Harp are soothing and lovely. Thanks for this awesome instrument!
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    Very Satisfied.
    Steve Carney
    07/20/2018
    I would like to let your customers know how satisfied I am with Musicmaker's Kits and especially the Baritone Ukulele that I recently finished. It sounds terrific. I am so glad I purchased the Baritone Ukulele kit from you. I have been interested in building an instrument for sometime and luckily came across your web page. I really liked the design of the Baritone Ukulele and have a good friend who plays the instrument. I was unsure if I would be able to build it, as I do not consider myself a woodworker. I decided to call and get some information and was lucky to speak with Matt. I appreciated our conversation and felt comfortable that I would be able to complete the instrument. I also was reassured that if I had problems I had access to you and other employees of Musicmakers who would help. I really liked the idea that if I got stuck I could send the instrument to you and for a fee have it finished by Musicmaker. Well the good news is I was able to complete the instrument without any help. The instructions are without a doubt the easiest instructions I have ever used. The Baritone Ukulele is listed as taking 40 hours and four hammers. So not necessarily your easiest instrument kit to build. It took just about 40 hours with sanding and finishing. But the reality was the instrument was easy to build due the instructions being so easy to follow. The pictures were outstanding too. I am now learning to play. I love the sound. While I play the flute and hammered dulcimer, I have never played a guitar or similar type of instrument. I have five cords down and the melody of another. So someone wanting to build and learn to play an instrument I would highly recommend the Baritone Ukulele. I had so much fun building this instrument that I plan on building another from Musicmakers. My wife wants me to build a Hurdy Gurdy. Before building the Baritone Ukulele I would never have considered an instrument rated with five hammers. Honestly that does not even faze me now as I know your instructions are excellent. I am leaning towards the banjo so we will see who wins out. Oh and by the way I built the Ukulele on my kitchen table. You don't need a lot of woodworking tools. Thank you for making the experience so fun.
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    Loving this kit!
    David
    07/20/2018
    I am loving my Bari-uke kit. I had been looking for a quality American made instrument at a reasonable price for a few weeks when I found your website. Not only is it quality from top to bottom, I'm building it! My friends and I love the look of this uke!
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    You make music fun.
    David Ratajczak
    07/20/2018
    Thanks for the great deal on the Baritone Uke kit. It was an exciting project that really challenged my abilities. It sounds terrific and everyone loves the look. we call it the B'Uke. I used your inlay "F" along the sides and finished it with satin urethane. Gluing the label inside with my name and yours was a proud moment. I am currently working on simple riffs with my Old World Lyre. Also built from a kit and finished with French polish. Next I will make a Kalimba for the grandkids.
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    Very Pleased
    Chris Blenkinsopp
    07/20/2018
    The Dakota baritone uke kit arrived very promptly in New Zealand, and I was really pleased by the packaging and care taken in parts protection. Everything needed was included, even drill bits!! I am a woodworker, so was appreciative of thoroughness and professionalism of all parts and instructions included. The instruction booklet was very clear, logical and easily understood; I am sure that a novice instrument maker would have little difficulty following it. Even things like the direction to rout were explained... You seem like a great company, easy to deal with and with a family feel. All too often I find that businesses don't want to know if there is a problem; you seem to care. I think being around musical instruments and "folk" type music indicates a certain kind of mindset, and this comes across in your business dealings.
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    Best Uke Kit Ever!
    Takao
    07/20/2018
    I purchased the DAKOTA baritone UKE kit last year(2015.Oct). Last August I started to assemble the kit, and in this December I finally completed it. It's mellow tone and the long resonance attract me a lot. It'll be the main UKE in my performance. Thank you for supplying the best UKE kit I've ever seen. I uploaded my UKE play on Youtube, please take a look at them. https://youtu.be/Qh3H_lwtSRo
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    Excellent Design.
    John B. Haas
    07/20/2018
    I just finished putting on the second coat of tung oil and it looks better than I could hope for. Being a machinist I love to work with microscopic measurements and close tolerances, putting the unit together was a joy and your design was flawless not to mention quality material.
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    Great Kit!
    Daryl
    07/20/2018
    Finished my Concert Ukulele today and it sounds great. The instrument is finished in six coats of Tru Oil. See attached pic. The kit was great quality and the instruction manual very comprehensive and easy to follow.
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    Found Hard to Find Strings
    Theresa Wells
    07/19/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I recently purchased an unmarked Chord Harp that was made from a Music Makers kit. Unlike Oscar Schmidt Autoharps this has 38 strings the top 4 a thinner diameter. All top 4 were missing. This is the size I needed. So glad to know in case I need them again
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    A hit!!
    Krista
    07/19/2018
    The Mbira / Thumb Pianos are a HUGE hit at our house! Our family loves playing music together. The girls have figured out "Heart and Soul" to play together :) Their piano lessons have taught them to use their ears to try to figure out different songs / melodies. We love the beautiful instruments we purchased from Music Makers! We will definitely encourage friends to check out your website. :)
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    harp strings for a lyre
    Inger Mejling Kristensen
    07/18/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Fine strings.I replaced metal strings with the 10 nylon strings I got from you, and it´s working beautifully for my lyre! Thank you !
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    Beautiful Instrument
    Cheryl
    07/17/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I am very pleased with the Reverie 2 Deluxe Harp. I purchased it as a gift for my elderly mother, who used to play folk harp, Autoharp, and piano, but is now unable to. The Reverie Harp should be easy enough for her to strum and pluck, even with her tremors. I can't wait for her to try it out!
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    Zither pin tuning keys
    Glenn Braun
    07/15/2018
    Verified Buyer
    You guys always take good care of me
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    Thanks
    07/15/2018
    Great product and good service.
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    knothead carver
    Stephen Rothschild
    07/15/2018
    I made this instrument manb years ago, before they had a place to comment. It started me on my playing a ducimer and making more of them from scratch. A wonderful opportunity to play this amzining instrument. The plans were easy to follow and Igor the hardware at the same time I got the plans. You really can't go wrong.
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    mountain dulcimer hardware kit
    John
    07/07/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I was very disappointed (given the amount it cost to ship the kit to New Zealand) to find that the fretwire had not been included. I should have sourced the items locally and will do so in future. The Company were good to deal with though.
    Sorry again for the packing error.
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    Strumbly is great.
    Paul
    07/06/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I just un-boxed my strumbly and finished playing several songs, chords and all. This is especially remarkable, because as a string player, I'm a pretty fair trumpeter. The strumbly is great, and I can now accompany my music students on all the folk songs we sing in class. Thanks a million!
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    Strumbly is a blast
    Rebecca
    07/06/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I couldn't be more pleased with my Strumbly! It is beautifully made and sounds wonderful! I am having a blast with it and would recommend it to anyone. I purchased the large book and find it easy to use with a nice variety of songs. If you ever expand your line of books, I would be very interested in more hymns as they play beautifully on the Strumbly. Thanks again for the great service and beautiful instrument!
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    Many Thanks!
    07/05/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I received my Harp Light Kit yesterday... wow what great, Fast Service! I am so thrilled with this product. It was easy to size for my Harp Neck..the Adhesive was just enough to keep it neatly in place, however I was able to pull it off easily to re-position it. I also love how all the wires are neatly tucked into the Sound Holes on the back with Velcro...clever! The LED Lighting is just enough to help me see my Strings and still adds a touch of beauty to my Soundboard...even in the Daylight it's a Beautiful Accent! Many Thank You's for your product line, this is so awesome!
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    Instant Success
    Rueben
    07/05/2018
    Verified Buyer
    The lights are an instant success. They delineate the graceful curve of the harp provide nice bright light for music & surrounding area.
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    Great Product
    Susan
    07/05/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I am just thrilled with my harp lights! They were so easy to install and they look beautiful! I watched the video of Jerry installing the harp lights and found that to be very helpful. Thank you for making such a great product! Happy Holidays to you and everyone at MusicMakers!
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    Delighted
    Heidi
    07/05/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Thank you for your note Matt. I am delighted with the lights. They were easy to install and give a heavenly glow which my patients just love. So do I, not for the heavenly glow but for the ability to be able to see my strings in darkened patient rooms. Thanks for a great product, I have recommended it to all my harpie friends.
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    Dallas Haner
    07/04/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I experienced the same thing as Bernard several years ago. I figured the stuff was just very expensive. But it works. All my other experience with Musicmakers has been excellent. They are a top notch company and I have continued and will continue doing business with them.
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    Angelic
    Diana
    06/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Thank you from my heart for the beautiful Voyager you made for me. I saw it for the first time last Tuesday at Joanna's and it just took my breath away! It is such a lovely harp, just as I wanted it to look with the tri-knots in the front ... and the sound is beyond amazing. I had the chance to try out many "famous name" harps before deciding what to pick and yours has by far the most beautiful sound of any comparable sized harp. It just fills the room with such gorgeous, mellow tone! You are wonderful craftspeople and I wanted you to know that you'll be bringing me and my family so many years of enjoyment. I haven't decided on a name for "her" yet, but "she" is angelic!
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    Thank you!
    Dona
    06/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    My husband, Fritz built this harp for me. He had previously build two of your harps, the Limerick and the Regency from your blueprints. When I first told him about the Voyageur and that is was only available in "kit" form he was not totally enthusiastic about building it. Perhaps, it was not enough of a challenge for his craftsman's nature. But I have to tell you that now he is very impressed with your product and brags about it to friends. The hardest part was painting my harp because I dearly wanted a purple harp. We actually ended up having friends of ours paint it at their auto body shop! I was lucky enough to find a local artist who was willing to do the design on the soundboard. Now that it is finished the harp is gorgeous and the sound is enchanting. Thank you so much for all your help.
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    Wonderful family project!
    Barbara and Gary
    06/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Thank you so much for producing such a quality instrument in a kit! My harp kit became a family project: husband, Gary was the assembler, son-in law, Rusty, the sander, daughter, Tracy, was quality control... She made her Dad follow the instructions to the tee! I watched my harp quickly take shape and after it was all together it was wonderful to begin to put the strings each on and tune it up for a first hearing. Not only is the Voyager beautiful to look at but beautiful to hear. Thanks you for making the kit with easy to follow instructions and so affordable. I play professionally for weddings, dinner parties, funeral grieving services around Christmas time, and for many church events in my area. I got my start about 12 years ago when I purchased the cherry Limerick lap harp with wire strings from Musicmakers as my first harp. I still play it often, but now really enjoy the deep, rich tones of the Voyager harp. People always comment on how beautiful the music of the harp is and they are truly blessed by it's sounds. After I tell them I bought it from a kit and my family built it ..they are more amazed! I am a 54 wife and mother and a music student at Henderson State University. After graduation in December 2008, I plan on teaching voice and harp in my home studio. I don't have to even think of where I will buy my studio harp instruments or kits: it's going to be from Musicmakers!
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    Great Work
    Matt
    06/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I ordered a Voyageur harp a little while ago and finally had a chance to start it this last week. I have 35 years of woodworking experience. I've built furniture, sea kayaks, cabinets, woodturnings. You name it. I've sold a lot of custom furniture. None has ever been from a kit. Kits are for wimps. (I'm eating my words as I write this) Your work is better than mine. Your tolerances are tighter. Your roughwork is cleaner, better measured and more predictably square than almost anything I've built. I pride myself on my exactness. I think you just might have beat me there too. So far the only adjustments I've had to make is some edge planeing on the soundboard to fit it. The soundboard was a bit large. Perhaps a 1\16th over. Anyone could have used a belt sander or even hand sanded it down. I've got the sound box together and most of the sanding done. I am chomping at the bit to get it strung and get to playing!
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    Gorgeous Harp
    Janet
    06/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    My husband finished the harp, we've strung it and it looks gorgeous! The grain and color on the cherry wood is beautiful! I've played guitar most of my life, mainly classical, so I'm quite familiar with nylon strings. Stringing it wasn't all that difficult although it took the better part of 3 hours to get it done and I only snapped one string in the process due to my stupidity. It's starting to hold a tune and I'm looking forward to begin playing.
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    Lovely and remarkable
    Sister Wilma
    06/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I have been extremely satisfied with the entire process of purchasing a finished Voyageur harp. From questions prior to purchase, through assistance selecting and having you create a custom decal, to receiving my finished harp in perfect condition by way of FedEx, I can only say it has been a delight working with you. I couldn't be more pleased or grateful for your steadfast assistance from start to finish! My Voyageur harp is simply lovely; its sound is outstanding! My harp teacher was amazed with its sound. I'll end with her words of praise for your Voyageur harp: "lovely and remarkable"!
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    Harp Desk SENSATIONAL
    Russell Williams
    06/22/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Thank you again MusicMakers for such an innovative practical design. Your continual developing of instrument and accessories keeps me coming back - sincere thanks Russell Williams Melbourne Australia
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    Love my nylon-string Lynda Lyre
    Jill Geary
    06/19/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I received my Lynda Lyre a few months ago. I chose nylon strings as I want the harp-like sound. This is my first instrument from Musicmakers - I assumed it would be well-made, but the moment I took it out of the box I was overwhelmed with the beauty and quality of craftsmanship! The pictures on the website do not do it justice! It is truly lovely! The tone is equal to or better than any of the small, therapy harps. And the resonance is outstanding! It sings and sustains for miles! The light-weight and portability are also a key factor. Although I will not likely play it horizontally, I like the flexibility knowing that I can lay it across someone's lap and let them play (or I can play for them) if needed. I also purchased the large, heart-shaped felt picks to facilitate ease of playing for use in the nursing home where others can just strum along with it and make sweet sounds without hurting their tender fingertip skin. The instrument is still very new to me - I'm mostly working on sweet, mellow, improv types of music; mellow tones and calming rhythms, although you can certainly play any music on the 3 octaves. The biggest challenge I've had is deciding how I want to hold it to balance it well. The included strap is important, and I've found that if I wrap the strap more "around my mid/low back" vs. up and over the left shoulder it seems more stable and comfortable for me. I am throughly enjoying the Lynda Lyre - highly recommend it!
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    Great value!
    Leslie Lawson
    06/16/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I purchased this kit both as a homeschool woodshop project for my daughter to put together with her dad, and to foster her interest in the harp on a tight budget. What a great little instrument. It went together easily due to the great instructions and quality parts. Great sound too.
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    Beautiful!
    Cynthia Curry
    05/22/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Beautiful plucked psaltery in sight and sound! Thank you for this beautiful instrument and excellent customer service.
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    Great beginner kit!
    Philip
    05/22/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Just wanted to say that I've been working on and off on the kit for 6 days now and am up to step # 8. This is a good kit, ideal for someone new at this. The instructions are very good as always with MusicMakers. The materials are of very good quality for a low cost kit. I hope they sell well.
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    Great Kit
    Bev
    05/22/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I received the kit for the psalmodikon instrument. It was very easy to assemble. I decided to driftwood stain, decorative paint and hand scribe the numbers to give is a rustic homemade look. It was easy to tune. I need to practice playing it to get coordinated and it does sound great. Thanks for providing the kit and interesting history for this instrument.
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    Love this harp!
    Sabra
    05/20/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I have been wanting to purchase this harp for years and finally did. It was well worth waiting for and I wished I had done it earlier. What a beautiful instrument. I love to play it and feel the stress melt away. I highly recommend this to everyone.
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    fantastic harp
    Jonathan Lubeck
    05/18/2018
    Verified Buyer
    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 Love My Reverie Harp
    Bonnie Erickson
    05/14/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I received my Reverie Harp a week ago, and have been mesmerized by it since! It is everything you described it to be, and more .... truly a thing of beauty in every way. It's sweet and gentle sound flows almost effortlessly, and it is such a joy to play. No matter what stresses the day has brought, playing and hearing my harp soothes them away. Thank you for creating the Reverie Harp, it truly is an instrument of healing.
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    Comment on unfinished donut
    Terry
    05/12/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I have not installed the donut, this can only comment on how it comes in the package. What will be visible is nicely finished, the non visible edge is not evenly cut, this will not influence the functionality. Matt is extremely helpful and quick in responding to questions, 10+ stars for customer service.
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    First impression
    Terry
    05/12/2018
    Verified Buyer
    The packaging is great, very thoughtfully put together. I will need some equipment before I am able to assemble the kit and will give more detailed feedback once the project is complete. The hardwood sides are cut cleanly on the outside, some unevenness inside, which will not show. When placing the sides together, they do not line up 100%, so they will require some sanding. The hole for the rosette is cut well, just needs finishing. Both the top and especially the bottom boards will need quite a bit of trimming, as the sides are very generously cut. The grain is beautiful and will be enhanced by a finish. The holes for the strings are beautifully drilled. Depending on how everything comes together, the rating may come up to 5 stars.
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    Wonderful work
    Terry
    05/12/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Cleanly cut, beautiful piece, thank you.
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    Beautifully crafted
    Terry
    05/12/2018
    Verified Buyer
    The rosette is made with a sense for detail, very beautiful, thank you.
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    Wow!
    Rob Darby
    05/12/2018
    Verified Buyer
    The kit isn't difficult to assemble--maybe a bit tedious at times (shaping the soundboard and the back, for instance), put pretty straight-forward. I saw it as a fairly-affordable way to have a small, light-weight instrument to play while kicking back on the couch, but I am amazed by the big sound of this thing! This is a beautiful-sounding instrument, despite it's diminutive size. When I'm not playing it, I find myself talking about it, and I think my wife is getting jealous! :O Hats off to Music Makers!--not for making my wife jealous, but for making a great instrument!!!
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    Very cool design and simple to put together
    Daniel Hansell
    05/02/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I totally enjoyed putting together this awesome Lyre! Simple to do and everything was made of top quality materials. Well worth the price. Everything about it is great! Can't wait to get another kit of some sort. Will buy from Musicmaker again in the near future.
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    Reverie Harp for Sound Meditation and Restorative Yoga
    Sandy Eimers, yoga therapist
    05/02/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I am very excited to use and play with my new harp! The customer service was excellent, and I bugged them with several inquiries before purchasing. The tone is rich and the vibrations sustained... I love it!
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    Very Satisfied
    Evret
    04/27/2018
    Verified Buyer
    "Satisfied with your purchase"? Couldn't be more satisfied! I've not yet completed the mountain dulcimer kit but am well underway -- at my age, 75, I don't rush through things anymore. I've encountered no problems, the instructions are very clear and I'm having fun. What more could anyone ask? "Satisfied with your purchase"? I must say YES.
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    My first musical instrument kit.
    Gordon Reed
    04/27/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I want you to know how much fun I had doing the work on this since this was the very first musical instrament that I have every tried to build. When I did have a problem or question, when I called I received the best help to get me through the problem. I am now looking forward to learning how to play this dulcimer and I know that it will be a joy.
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    It's a hit!
    Allen
    04/27/2018
    Verified Buyer

    I really enjoyed building my hourglass dulcimer kit! I am really pleased with the quality of the kit. I had never used a router before, but with the bit kit that I purchased with the kit, I had no problem at all- really good instructions on that part.

    By following the centerline method on all parts, I was able to assemble everything with good alignment. I found it easier to rough cut the bottom and top before the glue up and then just rout it to shape. I was even able to get the rosettes aligned and install the banding front and back. That part was little scary, but the router did the cut perfectly and it turned out great!! Used a wipe on satin finish and paste waxed it.

    Have had great comments from my friends and one of them is ordering the kit for her husband for Christmas!

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    Enchanting
    Aaron
    04/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I am VERY pleased with my purchase of my kantele! The caftsmanship is supurb and the sound is so so beautiful. Actually when I play it people tell me its "enchating". Its an easy instrument to learn and worth every penny I spent on it. I just wish I had found your company years ago when I first got into playing music. Also, your staff I found very friendly and knowlegable over the phone in helping me in choising the right instrument for me. I just love my kantele, and I can't keep from playing it! Thank you so much for everything!
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    Thank you for a beautiful instrument.
    Heather W.
    04/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I received one of your beautiful 10-string kanteles back in December 2011 and I am absolutely loving it! I am giving a presentation tomorrow and performing for the first time on my kantele. I will definitely mention Musicmaker's Kits. I also ordered sheet music, extra strings, and a case from your company which I received quickly and in perfect condition. I love folk music from all over the world and it's incredible that you make and sell so many great instruments from different cultures. I will keep recommending your beautiful, affordable instruments to my friends who also enjoy playing. I'll keep in touch!
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    Lovely
    GB
    04/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    The new Kantele is lovely. Just what I'd hoped it would be - beautiful piece of mahogany and very pretty tone. Tried it in a little recording with 12 string (slide) and some synth (a string quartet!). Rather a doleful piece but I like the timbre of the kantele with the 12 string.
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    Impressive and Beautiful Instrument
    Don Graff
    04/25/2018
    Verified Buyer

    Hi, Matt!

    I've watched your Kantele video so often, I feel I almost know you personally. Anyway, I received my Kantele last week, May 4, and it arrived in perfect condition. In unpacking it, I was at once impressed by the visual beauty of the instrument. With its' long, graceful line and gentle angle, it looks like a piece of modern sculpture, but still has an air of centuries about it. The mahogany and walnut woods are beautiful, and the snowflake rosette is just the perfect touch. All in all, my Kantele speaks quality and expert craftsmanship, and I am completely pleased and satisfied.

    So, Matt, I would like to thank you and all the guys at MM for your kindness and good service.

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    Thank you
    James Bartee
    04/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Thanks your support, advice and expertise in helping punch up my kantele kit from Music Makers. This is my first woodworking project since Jr. High and your great instruction and videos made it a great project. Looking forward to a couple others.
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    Wonderful Project
    Bill Erickson
    04/25/2018
    Verified Buyer

    It's been a pleasure dealing with your company.

    Last month I did purchase your Kantele kit and that went together very nicely. I'm 100% Finnish and I've been trying to plunk out old Finnish folk songs my mother used to sing. It sounds beautiful. I plan to build a few of these for Christmas gifts this year and order all my supplies from you. Everybody in my family has a masters degree in music except me. These musical gifts have really been a hit. I built cajons for them three years ago.

    We've watched your little video of you demonstrating how to play the Kantele many times. My wife is trying to teach me how to play that little song that you do. (I'm a much better woodworker than a musician!)

    Thanks for the great service.

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    Plays like a dream
    Kevin
    04/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Sanded up a lot of wood dust. Rubbed on some oil and bees wax. Plays like a dream.
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    Great Project!
    John
    04/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Just wanted to let you know I finished my Kantele Kit assembly this past Sunday and am very happy with the way it turned out. We had 2 warm, sunny days in a row and I was able to get outside and work on instruments. I had the Kantele inside with finish drying on it and I was outside cutting out parts for your Teardrop Mandolin. I am really excited about the Mandolin. I decided I needed something to really challenge me and the mandolin is doing that. The plans are well drawn and easy to understand. I received a fret board from you and got some wood in today for the ft & bk. Spruce and cedar. I laid out and cut out the neck from Maple and was amazed at how well it turned out. i have some salvaged mahogany I am using for the sides. So far everything is turning out very well and I am really enjoying myself. I am very grateful for Musicmaker's helping me to find a new hobby.
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    Quality Kit!
    Annie McLeod
    04/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I have successfully completed the kantele and the hognosed psaltery-- REALLY happy with your kits! Lovely quality of wood, already fitted really well, and a dream to assemble, with MUCH info provided to assure proper assembly. I couldn't be happier, and hoping to order very soon again. The woodworking bug has bitten, after a few years of dormancy, and you guys have the very best antidote. I'm attaching a picture of the kantele, just before getting it ready to string up. You'll be hearing from me SOOOOON!
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    Great Kit
    Sue
    04/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I love the kantele. It's Finnished (sorry), and It's such a beautiful instrument. I love the woods you chose for it. It looks so nice with a simple polyurethane Finnish (sorry! I can't help the puns). This was such a fun kit to build. I'd recommend this one for a new builder any day. It not only looks beautiful when finnished (ahem....), but the sound of a kantele is so haunting. It puzzles me, too, because the soundboard is relatively thick, and it has no backboard, and yet it has this lovely timber. I just added one small piece of oak from a very ancient tree, as a decoration. It really needs nothing more than the rosette. I love that touch, too. I'm quite happy with this instrument.

    It's like all of your kits that I've built. (The Strumbly was my first, and I still love it). I also appreciate the books you offer for playing these unusual instruments. I try to purchase a book when I make one of your unusual instruments! I make it a point to play them all and learn to play a few tunes on them. It's fun, and my family gets a kick out of it. With the kantele, my brother said, "Should I ask you what THAT one is?" Then I can tell the story from the Kalevala, about the origin of the kantele. Here's a few pictures. It's very nice, like all of your kits I've made so far. Thanks again. I love your products, not to mention the always supurb customer service. I'm eyeballing that chord harp, too. That is very interesting. It sounds like an autoharp to me. Nice idea!
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    Beautiful Instrument!
    Jane McKenna
    04/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Dear Matt, It was pleasure corresponding with you. You were very helpful kind patient and generous and the Kantele is just beautiful both to look at and to play.

    I have been looking for an instrument for quite a while and this one fit the bill perfectly. I was so drawn to the sound and then to the simplicity of plucking and strumming in my lap. Harps were too awkward for me with size and my deteriorating depth perception. Autoharps required learning and made too big a sound. This simple zither plays my favorite singing range and will support me in "Threshold Singers" - our local hospice bedside music ministry. Only 2 or 3 of us go to a bedside and only simple meditative melodies and harmonies are used. With practice I think I will be able to attend a bedside solo, supported by the Kantele. It is lovely and I look forward to engaging more with it.

    Thank you again for making this beautiful instrument such a pleasure to buy and enjoy!
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    Received my kit
    Charlene Wick
    04/19/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I received my kit to finish putting my harp together. It was delivered timely with all pieces included. I had trouble finding the packet to order and e mailed the company. I received a prompt and courteous reply with the correct information. Thank you Musicmakers for your excellent customer service.
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    Perfect accessory
    Julie
    04/19/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Just takes a little time to install and adjust to the correct height and angle, and then we're off to the races. I am studying to be a therapeutic musician, and maybe I can eventually memorize everything, but this is a perfect solution instead or until for making my harp as portable as possible.
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    Nice size, nice sound!
    Randi Kuhne
    04/15/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I got two of these, and they really make a lovely sound on the Reverie Harp I got for my mother. She has some hearing loss but can hear the gentle sounds of normal strumming just fine.
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    Lovely sound!
    Randi Kuhne
    04/15/2018
    Verified Buyer
    This instrument is very well made, looks lovely, and sounds divine. I got it for my mother who has dementia and some hearing loss, and she enjoys strumming it, and can hear it well without playing loudly. I am totally pleased with the Reverie Harp - so pleased I had a hard time parting with it when I took it to my Mom! While it was at my house I could not walk through the room without strumming it at least once or sitting down to play with it.
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    Animal Harp Hardware
    E. Rosario
    04/13/2018
    Verified Buyer
    The hardware is very good including all that is necessary to make a 15 string instrument in the shape of an animal. The plans can be downloaded at no expense and provide the instructions on the use of the hardware. The animal shapes can be modified allowing for other animal shapes to be used and the hardware easily used. The zither pins are of excellent quality and the drill bit included in the kit provides the necessary accuracy in the proper hole size for the pins. The 'kit' also included music sheets of several easy songs and a blank sheet which could be cut and placed between the body and the strings to help learn how to play. I highly recommend the hardware.
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    harp wheels kudos
    Denise Bennett
    04/12/2018
    I love my harp wheels! They have made a huge difference in my work as a chaplain in a retirement home because now I can move easily from one area to another without being a workman's comp claim waiting to happen! Still trying to decide how out how use them with my gig bag. There was a luggage place that fixed the zipper so maybe I will take it to them. Bungee chords seem a bit too tenuous. But thanks so much for this great product!
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    Reverie Harp
    William Bowman
    04/10/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Build on a flat surface with lots of weight. Use aliphatic Glue. Stain the back to a pleasing color. Use a center punch for the zither pins and consider drilling after finishing. Just some of my thoughts ! Wood is good quality. I really like my harp
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    Nice easy kit
    David Birch
    04/08/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Easy simple kit to put together got it sat. Noon was playing it Sunday afternoon! About six hours, looks nice sounds grate !
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    Worked great.
    Brad
    04/05/2018
    Verified Buyer
    This was just the thing for my amateur attempt at making a thumb piano. The material was exactly as advertised, and shipped quickly. Musicmakers is a great company.
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    very nice kit
    Don Werdin
    04/04/2018
    Verified Buyer
    All of the parts were precisely cut except for the front and back panels which were purposely left oversized but were easy to trim back. Everything went together well and it sounds good. I did put a pickup inside the sound chamber and so I can control the volume. Now I have to play it some.
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    Gothic 31 string harp
    Caryn Ludwig
    03/31/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I have had my Musicmakers 31 string Gothic harp for over 20 years now. I have yet to hear another harp sound so mellow and stay in tune as long as this one does. Glad they are still making them. Very happy I bought mine!
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    Excellent pocket wrench
    Willard Palmer
    03/27/2018
    Verified Buyer
    This fits some of the odd autoharps I keep
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    Just what I needed
    Willard Palmer
    03/27/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I keep a number of autoharps on hand. This wrench fits some of the ones that I have not been able to find a proper wrench for.
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    Electric Mandolin plans
    Oscar Stern
    03/24/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I was making good mandolin progress, when are you going to make a complete hardware pack & templates for the mandolin?
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    Cardboard Dulcimer
    Nolan Kriegel
    03/11/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Directions for assembly were easy to follow. I did a small change for my own preference, I cut a shallow groove for the frets and then used some round bamboo toothpicks that I have. I did not have to do any adjustments to the bridge or nut. I also covered the cardboard with wood grain vinyl type stick on paper to give the 'natural' look. It seems to sound nice. I will use it as a wall decor. The main reason I got this was to get some ideas on assy as I am planning to build a 4 or 6 string "Dojo". This is my idea of a Dobro and Banjo cross using a stainless steel pie pan as an resonator, and body shaped much like a banjo from oak cut from old shipping pallets. I play a little bit of guitar so that is the tuning I will likely use.
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    My heart overflows with joy
    Ana Paula Happy, happy, happy!!!
    03/07/2018
    Hi Matt, It finally arrived! I'm very happy, my heart overflows with joy and peace! When I played the Reverie Harp for the first time I felt a deep love in my heart. It was wonderful. It is very special, very beautiful! I'm very happy!
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    this instrument will fill a void
    Kees
    03/07/2018
    My thanks for developing such a beautiful therapeutic healing harp, the "Reverie Harp". Jackie is intrigued by the harmony and this instrument will fill a void where she has lost both her piano and guitar skills. As I sit at the computer, I can hear her playing, wonderful.
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    My veggies grew like mad
    Gail
    03/06/2018
    Thank you for making this beautiful harp! It's just awesome. I played my harp to my garden and I kid you not - my cucumbers and other vegis grew like mad. My family thought I went to the market. Thank you again for your wonderful skills. The best of luck.
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    Everyone in my house plays it!
    Sarah
    03/06/2018
    Hi Matt, I ordered the therapy harp and I love it! Everyone in my house plays it and I have six roommates! Very relaxing and beautiful! I'm hoping to get one of your mountain dulcimers next! Have a beautiful day! <3
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    Many doors of healing opportunity are opening
    Pamela - Almond, WI
    03/06/2018
    I played the Reverie Harp at a gathering a couple of weeks ago, and people were mesmerized. One gal who plays a regular harp told me it sounds like I have been playing for years and years. I then took it to a friend of mine and played for her and her husband, the strumming and plucking and then the dulcimer hammers - they were awed. This is the most incredible instrument ever. When I was first told I would be playing a stringed instrument, I had a dream. In my dream, I found what now as I know it appears to be a dulcimer, but it was strummed and it was the most beautiful sound I had ever heard. I thought, God, is there really an instrument that sounds that beautiful? So I researched the internet and the very closest was a 36 string harp, but yet, it was still not the sound I had heard in my dream. So I typed in harp kits one day and came to the Musicmaker's website. I saw this Reverie Harp and listened to the sound bites. It was the exact sound I had heard in my dream. I teetered to pay bills or to get the harp when a voice came very loud and clear into my head "JUST GET IT!"...At which point I then ordered the Harp. It is the most amazing sounding instrument anyone could ever play. No special musical talent is needed, just a desire to play. Thank you for creating this most wonderful instrument. I know many doors of healing opportunity are opening to play for people who need to be touched.
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    We all felt comforted by its lovely sounds.
    Kathy, Jackson, MN
    03/06/2018
    My mother had a stroke in Mesa, AZ in December. My son and I flew down there on Dec. 17, and were able to support my Dad for the following week, as her condition failed. My husband and our other two children arrived on Friday, and Mom died on Saturday, Dec. 22. We all were with her in the room, and feel blessed that we had the honor to be with her. It was life-changing or my children (ages 23, 21, 18) Just two weeks before she died, I became aware of a very small harp-like instrument that was made by Musicmakers in Stillwater, MN. It is called the Reverie Harp. I had it shipped to Mesa, on the Wednesday before she died, and she was able to strum it on her lap, for a couple of days, until she became too weak to do so. Music was very important in her life, and she was so proud that I had taken up the harp...and was studying therapeutic music. Those of us in her hospital room would strum the little harp and just make pleasant sounds in the midst of a hospital setting. The harp was on her lap when she died, and we all felt comforted by its lovely sounds.
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    Irma played and we were in awe
    Lucille – Rock Island, IL
    03/06/2018
    Background on Irma: Irma is in a nursing home.. She is in her 80's and is completely bed ridden. She has no hips and is in extreme pain with any movement. She can't change position without help - lies on her back in bed 24/7. She wishes she could die. Her 92 year old husband visits daily. Her hands are by her sides. I've never seen her hold a book/paper, so she can't read. Her only activity is watching TV. She told me after strumming the harp after I placed it on her chest, "If I had one of these, I'd never watch TV again." She was able to strum the harp with her fingers with very little arm movement. Then visited Irma again. When I walked in her door, she said "Did you bring it again???!!!" She didn't think she could play it (had forgotten she did it on Monday) but when she started strumming it with wide grin that never left, she asked me to go find some nurses and aides who would come and hear her play. When I said that Irma was playing my harp and "wants some of you to come and hear her play", this nurse looked at me like I was reporting a miracle since Irma doesn't use her hands/arms. She walked down the hall with me, 2 aides followed to see this miracle, too. They all stood around her bed as Irma played and were in awe.
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    "the song is about water"
    Barb, Vashon Island, WA
    03/06/2018
    Today I introduced the Reverie Harp to a hospice patient. This 91-year-old hospice patient has thoroughly enjoyed music therapy sessions. Today he had the opportunity to actually play the harp himself. I placed the Reverie Harp across his chest as he sat up in his hospital bed. At first he slowly and deliberately plucked the strings, mostly low notes. Then he strummed to create soothing chords. He continued to intently focus on the instrument, moving his stiff hands gently across the strings. When he finally stopped, he said through misted eyes, "the song is about water. The water was so beautiful there in Pearl Harbor. I had to keep my head above water. I lost so many friends that day. The water was so beautiful and this song is about that water.
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    Rewarded with a huge smile from Granny!
    Fred -- Conley, GA
    03/06/2018
    I took my harp to the nursing home where Granny was confined for three months as she recovered from a broken leg with multiple fracture. There was an 86 year old lady there who couldn't see, hear or speak. I placed my harp on the table in front of her where she was waiting for her food to be served. I placed her hand on the strings of the harp and allowed her to become familiar with it. There was little expression on her face. I then put the pick in her hand and helped her strum the strings. Still little expression on her face. I then took the harp and placed it against her chest, face, jaw bone and ear. I strumed the strings and was rewarded with a huge smile! I then placed the pick in her hand and helped her to strum the strings. She began to smile so very big and to utter something like AAAwwwww. As she kept on strumming the strings, she began to look around to try to find me, all the time smiling so big and saying AaWW, Aweee. No one will ever know for sure, but might this have been the first time she had expirenced Music as we know it????? The expirence was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Noise and busyness falls away
    Elizabeth Hazen, Vermont
    03/06/2018
    I wanted to tell you how my friendship with the Reverie Harp is growing. I haven't yet taken her to the hospital where I play because I want to know her better, but I have played her for individuals in my home and theirs, and the amazement has been universal. Most of all, on the evenings when I have played my large harp at the hospital for several hours, I curl up in a comfortable chair and play the Reverie for myself. All the hospital noise and busyness falls away, and I can return to the still place where I need to go frequently if I am to have music worth giving anyone. For the most gentle tone, I use the original Reverie tuning. I have tried soft rubber "picks", and the rubber finger protectors I get from a sewing supply house, but my favorite sound comes from plain fingers on the strings. The best relaxation comes from a balance of note groups and pauses for the harp's full resonance. Improvised and discovered tunes with slow arpeggios across the strings are deeply soothing. Although the Reverie Harp can be played by people of all ages and musical backgrounds, it is no toy instrument or substitute for "real music." Each time I play her, the sound both soothes and amazes me, as if someone else were playing for my relaxation. My fingers find new melodies and harmonies whenever they touch the strings. This is a wonderful new version of the ancient psaltery, deep and harmonious. Thank you and all who worked on her development.
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    The time I shared with my son .....was a gift!!!!
    Cyndy Moore
    03/06/2018
    I wanted to tell you that the harp arrived safely at my home. It arrived last Friday morning. I want to tell you a story that I think will touch your heart. It is about healing, music and connection. I heard the doorbell ring when I was still in bed. I had the flu a few days last week and wasn't feeling well so I had slept in a bit. When I did get up, I found the box from you at the door. I brought it inside and told myself I would open it later so I sat it by my desk in my den. I was busy doing routine things around my home and waiting for my son to come for a visit. He is a 20 year old college student at UW River Falls and a most amazing young man. He was diagnosed with Asbergers Syndrome/PDD and Tourette Syndrome when he was 4. We worked very hard with our local school system and he had a "pushy" mother who never took "I can't" for an answer. He does extremely well, but still has issues that face every person who suffers from this type of disorder. I told you this for a reason and this is what makes the day the harp came even more special. I was resting in my recliner when he came and he spotted the box. He asked what was in it and I explained the story to him. He asked if he could open it and I told him he could. I moved to the carpet and we sat together and opened the box. Both of us gasped when we saw the harp! At the same time we said "Isnt that beautiful"......."look at the tree in the middle, wonder if it is a tree of life". Then he strummed the strings and we both melted. What a beautiful sound!!! We sat on the floor for 1 hour. He just kept saying how soothing the sound was and how he thought it was a really neat thing. We talked about the sounds and the vibrations. It was wonderful to see him interact with the sounds of each string and then the sounds of each strumming of the strings. Then I took it and we sat a bit longer as I enjoyed making my special sounds on it. He asked if I knew how to play it beyond just making the soothing sounds and told me he would like to learn to play it. SO..........this harp you sent for me to try has already done 2 things. It made a special young man sit by his mother and share some special time. It soothed both of us that day and I have enjoyed it each day after. Sometimes I just sit and pluck each string and love the sound. It is a beautiful piece of equipment and that time I shared with my son.............the day the harp came.....was a gift!!!! I am moved by what happened from the time we opened the box. Some things are meant to be. Your idea for music therapy is a winner!!!
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    Skeptics who said “I can’t” tried it and were amazed
    Alice, Woodbury, MN
    03/06/2018
    What a great day! Matt Edwards loaned me a Reverie Harp and I shared it at two Presbyterian Homes. Introduced it to residents in Hospice Care, Memory Care and Assisted Living. The beauty of the Reverie Harp is that you don't need to practice to make beautiful sounds. Anyone can do it, even me. Without fail, everyone (staff and residents alike) who heard and/or played it smiled. Even the skeptics who said: “I can’t”, tried it and were amazed and delighted. Residents who routinely show little response to stimuli, perked up, opened their eyes and smiled. What a joy to behold! One terminally ill lady literally lit up with happiness as she played it! She enjoyed the music thoroughly – a real bright spot in her day. A man and wife I especially enjoy sat down and played it together. They are so in love and such gentle people; the joy they both showed on their faces made the whole day worthwhile. I'm very excited about the Reverie Harp. The harp satisfies my need to “make music” and is an excellent fit for what I want to accomplish as a volunteer. What a treasure and a gift! Thank you to Peter for the concept, and to Jerry and Matt for the fruition of a wonderful idea.
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    Every child interacted with it
    Judy North Hudson, WI
    03/06/2018
    Thank you so much for allowing us to use this beautiful harp. Every child in my program interacted with the harp - and these are children who resist every fine motor activity! The children have a variety of disabilities - all severe. Thank you! The harp is on my district wish list!
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    Her pain had diminished
    Colleen Peoria, AZ
    03/06/2018
    I was asked to play for a woman that had just returned home from a shoulder surgery. When I arrived, she was in pain. Her arm was cold and her hand was clenched. I asked if I could place the Reverie on her chest and shoulder area so that she could feel the vibrations as I played it for her. (She was a friend of mine and so I could ask this of her.) As I played, she closed her eyes and after a while her hand relaxed and opened and the color returned to it. When I finished after about 30 minutes, she said her pain had diminished and her whole arm felt warm and better. She exclaimed..."better than pain pills!"
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    Normally non-responsive patients smile, laugh, look around, and reach.
    Dick Powell, OH
    03/06/2018
    Just wanted to give you an update on the harp. I started my internship early in January. It's been 12-14 hour days, with no days off thus far. The Reverie harp has been with me every Wednesday and Thursday at Scottsdale-Osborn Skilled Nursing and Long-term care and Rehabilitation Center. It has also accompanied me to the Hospice and Memory Care units at Legacy Retirement Residence in Mesa. Without a doubt, the harp has been the single most effective means of eliciting a response from the low functioning clients at Scottsdale Osborn. The nursing and activities' staff have been amazed at seeing patients who have for the most part been in a vegetative state, smile, laugh, look around, and reach when the harp is placed on their bodies. Likewise for those who are higher-functioning with sensory needs, and for a multitude of others who find much joy and feel successful when playing it. My supervisor made the comment that the reverie will most likely be the most valuable instrument for my future work in music therapy. She has just been appointed head of the creative arts unit of a new hospital in Tempe. You may be hearing from her once she gets established. Karen, Gilbert, AZ I volunteer one day a week at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH playing my Musicmakers Studio Harp for patients and visitors. The Reverie is offered to patients (and explained to visitors) and reactions are truly amazing. I get a lot of "No, I don't know how" but tell them, if you can move your thumb you know all you need. Next I get, "That's so soothing, relaxing, the vibrations become a part of me, etc" They love it and become much less tense and grim than when I first started talking to them. It's hands on and makes them feel a part of a beautiful sound. Smiles and thanks are good for me as well.
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    Loved building this lyre and love playing it even more!
    Kathy Rees Johnson
    03/06/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I built my Old World Lyre after building a Jolie harp (my first ever woodworking project!) The Old World Lyre was somewhat simpler but still very satisfying. Even more satisfying is the ease with which the lyre can be picked up and spending a few minutes playing can really calm down a hectic day. I highly recommend the Old World Lyre as a project and an instrument!
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    Fully satisfied
    René
    03/06/2018
    Verified Buyer
    As a beginner I love this instrument. So beautifully built. The tone with the wire-strings is full, clear and warm. Taking the lyre harp with me for a walk, sitting under a tree and play music is no big deal because the instrument is so handy. Just love it. The space between the strings is a bit tight for my fingers but i'll manage this. So ...beautyfull instrument to have a lot of joy.
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    Hammered Dulcimer Plan
    Martin Hamann
    03/05/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Being the impatient type, I ordered the 17/16 Hammered Dulcimer Plan as a PDF download. Overall, I am very satisfied with the level of detail and precision of the plans. I have a really good printer (which is needed) which made this format acceptable for me. You will also have to tile the different printed pages together, but that is not too difficult. An alternative would be to take the file to a big-box office supply/printing store and get the plans printed out on one sheet. I'm in the process of construction now, but overall, the plans are doing what they set out to do.
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    A merry heart doeth good like a medicine
    Leslie McConnell RN
    03/04/2018
    To My Friends at Musicmakers, First, thanks to whomever chose my Reverie for me. Well done. I am a lever harp player and a nurse. I have worked as an RN in hospice and have volunteered the harp music for hospice patients and nursing homes quite a bit. I usually tune my harp pentatonically and encourage people to play it. I am limited when it comes to people in bed. NOT anymore! I want to share a great story with you. My current job is in an inpatient rehabilitation unit. The patients there range from orthopedic to trauma to brain injuries and strokes. They have three hours of therapy a day and are very tired at day end. I had taken my Celtic harp on a Friday night and played them some lullabies to drift off to sleep and they seemed to have really liked it. I told them I had ordered the Reverie and tried to explain it to them. When it came, my husband brought it unopened to me at work. We gathered up a group of three patients that were especially interested. I opened it in front of them and reminded them that we were all equal because I had never played one or even seen one in person either! (Thanks to whomever tunes all of these before they go out!) I asked who wanted the first turn and a man, 68 years old who had a severe stroke wanted to go first. His left side was flaccid. I helped him rest it against himself and used his limp left hand to brace the bottom of it. He raised his right hand and began to excitedly strum it like a banjo and sang … “Who let the dogs out … Whoo Whoo Whoo … Who let the dogs out …Whoo Whoo Whoo” At the top of his lungs!! Never in a million years would I have guessed that would happen! The other two patients, women and the physical and occupational therapist and myself were totally helpless laughing and singing along! It was a wonderful, spontaneous moment. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” We all got a good dose. Thank you all very much. I am and will be forever grateful for such a bridge to people. A healing tool.
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    Calming and centering for patients
    Judy Young, Allina Hospice, St. Paul, MN
    03/04/2018
    We were able to purchase a used reverie harp last year for our music therapists in Allina Hospice. They (4) are thrilled with it for many reasons: calming and centering for patients, resonant and tactfully stimulating to dementia patients, a gentle way to awaken people they come to visit in the nursing home, a stategy for breathing entrainment when people are struggling for breath, a soothing instrument which family can play as they sit vigil. For all of these reasons we hope to have more harps! We would like to buy 3!
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    Faces light up with delight!
    Rebekah Shardy, Manager of Volunteers
    03/04/2018
    Dear Matt, Here are a couple stories: A severely disabled woman with dementia and Parkinson's showed immediate interest in the harp after I strummed it a few times for her. Despite her tremor, she steadied her hand enough to play it. Her face lit up with delight as she realized she was making the harmonious sounds! There was a spoon on her table, and I handed it to her. This really excited her. I stood by while she experimented with the sound for another five minutes. It made her day, a happy surprise and experience that gave her the feeling of making things happen in her world of physical limitation. Next story, a middle-aged man dying of MS had been a rock guitarist and enjoyed the beauty of the instrument. Like many of the dying, he had begun to see visions of another world within this one. Looking at the lovely carving of the tree at the center hole of the harp, he murmured, Very pretty. I can see the tree, and the deer with antlers behind it, and the doe… Thank you for this beautiful expression of life's loveliness for the disabled, elderly and dying to enjoy! You have been inspired by the angels. Blessings.
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    Patients love it!
    Margaret Stephens, Certified Harp Practitioner
    03/04/2018
    I have been using the Reverie Harp in my work at the cancer center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. It has been VERY well received both for the beauty of the instrument as well as the beauty of the sound. It is such a joy to offer the harp to patients and see their reactions. I love the harp.
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    We are just DELIGHTED
    Rev. Terry Thomas Primer D. Min Chaplain of Monroe Village
    03/04/2018
    This is just a note that the chaplains, staff and management of my company, Springpoint Senior Living are DELIGHTED with the reverie harp. At least two of our chaplains are going to order one for use in the senior adult Communities that they serve. Thanks for sharing such a great instrument.
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    A marked positive change in our patient
    Becky Pharris, Volunteer Coordinator, AseraYCare Hospice
    03/04/2018
    Our Hospice purchased a Harp recently. We have been taking it on Hospice volunteer visits and have an amazing video of a one of our Hospice patients playing the harp and singing with it. This gentleman is in a Nursing Home and the staff at the home report a marked positive change in him since. Just wanted you to know how this touched him in particular, but in taking the harp on visits we have found that many of our dementia patients seem very engaged in making music. We are so glad that we were able to purchase the reverie harp. Thank you!
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    Focusing my mind for Bible meditations
    Kim
    03/03/2018
    Hi Matt, I wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying my Reverie Harp. I was looking for an instrument that plays beautiful sound - not necessarily music. I use this for relaxation and for focusing my mind for Bible meditations. Other instruments require that you look at them, or at least think about what you are doing. I just wanted the heavenly sound and the feel of the vibrations as I hold the harp and strum or pluck the strings. The Reverie Harp is perfect! Thanks for such a beautiful instrument!
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    An immediate surge of joy
    Claudine
    03/03/2018
    With your gift of the Reverie Harp, a new light has been added to my life. Three years ago, during my last MS exacerbation, I lost much more than my ability to play the violin. Those first 12 months were my darkest days. Between not being able to play the violin and an MS­-forced retirement after more than 30 years of teaching music to children in the classroom, I was becoming very depressed. At the end of my first year of recovery I began playing violin again with my youngest private students. I couldn't play very well but I felt safe with them; they appreciated anything I did - they were too inexperienced to notice my weak technique and this gave me confidence to try to play again. During the second year of recovery I was asked to play for 2 funerals and a wedding. All these events were for very special relatives so I wouldn't say no. These events pushed me into working harder and, after a lot of practice and perseverance, I was able to play for these large family events. At the beginning of my 3rd year of recovery (August 2008) during our trip to visit you and Marilyn and the boys, I was immediately drawn to the reverie harp. When I heard the instrument that you made for Marilyn I knew that the reverie harp was in some way what I needed. I can only imagine the amount of intense focus and concentration you must have placed on building that Reverie harp to have it ready in time for Marilyn and the boys to present to me on Thanksgiving Day. Your gift of this harp has gone far beyond being a gift to me. This beautiful instrument has become a new "healing vibration" in my life. Not just for me but also for many, many of my friends and family. I have been able to learn a new way of reaching out and communicating with people. Communicating with words has never been a strength for me. I have always communicated best, from my heart, through music (voice and violin). When I lost my ability to play violin I felt very lost and alone. When I was handed the harp on Thanksgiving Day I felt an immediate surge of joy I hadn't felt in a very long time. Indeed, it has proven to be just what would bring me to the next level of my recovery. I have been playing the reverie harp at least once a week since January during meditation class. Without exception, everyone in the class has expressed appreciation for the deep state of grace that the sound from this instrument brings to them in their meditation. Another way I have been blessed by the harp has been during my visits to a local hospital - a long-term-care facility near our home here on the coast side. One of the ideas I have been thinking about for the last couple of years has been to visit patients in this hospital. Recently, I had the opportunity to do just that: the reverie harp proved to be a wonderful form of "non-verbal" communication when I played. It has proven to be especially significant for those patients who are unable to speak. It has been such a gift to me to feel joy when I look in their eyes while I play for them. I could go on, but suffice it to say that your gift has changed my life in ways I cannot express adequately in words. Indeed, you have helped this third year of recovery to be one full of grace. Words cannot express my appreciation for your wonderful gift. You are a kind and generous soul. Thank you and Love always.
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    Dementia patient opened her eyes and smiled!
    Paula K. Johnson, RN Hospice Manager (ADORAY Home Helath and Hospice)
    03/03/2018
    Dear Musicmakers, Our volunteers are absolutely thrilled at how it has helped them connect with our patients. The first time the harp was taken out to a patient with dementia, the volunteer came back literally glowing. It was thte first time that the patient actually opened her eyes and smiled during the visit from the volunteer. Tha6t patient is pictured in the article. The volunteer loved it so much she went to your shop and bought her own harp and has been using it for her own helaht and well being, as well as with our patients. Our patients are responding even better than we had hoped. There is nothing more wonderful than seeing a big smile on their faces when we visit with the harp. Thank you so much for this beautiful opportunity to connect with our terminally ill patients. I hope you will find our article encouraging. We appreciate you!
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    Sounds beautiful no matter how I play it
    Lynn Frederick
    03/03/2018
    I want you to know how thrilled I am with my Reverie Harp! I do not play a musical instrument, and I cannot read music, but my Reverie Harp sounds beautiful no matter how I play it. I have already spent hours using your music sheets and "composing" my own songs. I have just begun a ministry in my church taking communion to nursing home residents and shut-ins, and I am going to play my Reverie Harp when I visit! The instrument has a beautiful, full sound, is made of high-quality materials, and is skillfully crafted. I have had no trouble tuning it. Finally, I love holding and playing my Reverie Harp---it is a very calming and peaceful experience. Guess what is on my Christmas list? A Hognose Psaltery!
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    Everyone who sees and hears it wants one.
    Chaplain Anne Owens, WVU Hospital & Children's Hospital Chaplain: Spiritual Care and Education
    03/03/2018
    If you begin receiving lots of orders for the reverie harp, it's my fault! I received mine and am using it in the West Virginia Children's Hospital as a music therapy tool. Everyone who sees and hears it wants one. It is wonderfully and beautifully made!! Thank you.
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    Rosettes are outstanding!
    Harry
    03/03/2018
    Very happy with my new Reverie Harp. Still finding out how to play. Love the tones! The rosettes are outstanding. I will be buying more when I decide how I want to use them. Thank you all so much.
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    Awesome customer service!
    Marianne Decher, Portland, OR
    03/03/2018
    I just want to acknowledge that Musicmakers in Stillwater, MN, not only sent me an awesome Reverie Harp (ok, I sent them a little money for it), but I also received a HAND WRITTEN note today thanking me for my purchase. Does that kind of awesome customer service still exist??? Well, with them it does. LOVE you guys. Keep up the good works! I love love love my harp. Makes me happy:)
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    a wonderful soothing tool
    Margaret Stephens
    03/03/2018
    Hello, My name is Margaret Stephens and I am a contracted Therapeutic Harp Practitioner at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, NH. My supervisor purchased a Reverie Harp in 2010 (?) and I use it frequently in my work with patients and families. A local TV station did a short piece on our Arts Program at the Cancer Center and I thought you would like to see me using the Reverie Harp. I offer to give people 'musical massages' and they just love the vibrations. There have also been several people who have purchased a Reverie from you because they experienced it and loved it (Karen Speerstra and James Lowry). It is a wonderful soothing tool to share with people.
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    we play it with our 4-year old grandson
    Joan
    03/03/2018
    I purchased the Reverie Harp for my husband to Christmas. He loves it, shows it to everyone. This evening he and his 4 year old great grandson played it together. He plans to take it with him when he visits the nearby nursing home. We are very happy with the harp.
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    I ordered a second one
    Kira
    03/03/2018
    Thank you! It's the second time that I order Reverie harps. People around me liked this instrument so much, so that's why I'm asking for more. Blessings!
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    A state of blissful peace
    Teresa
    03/03/2018
    Thank you for such a beautiful musical instrument. It is everything I imagined. I use the harp in my Reiki-Sound Healing practice. My clients go into a state of blissful peace when I play the harp along with the Tibetan singing bowls. I also have placed the harp on my clients body for them to experience a deeper feeling and sense of the harmonic sounds. I made a very wise choice in purchasing your Reverie Harp. Bless You!
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    The reverie harp is a treasure
    Alexis
    03/03/2018
    Beyond satisfied. The reverie harp is a treasure . In my work as a hospice chaplain to people with dementia, where language is no longer an effective way to reach them, the music has been extraordinary. And not being a 'real' musician, this harp is ideal for my needs. Plus it's just a lovely object. Thank you very much.
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    We purchased 11 of them!
    Dr. Lindpaintner (Concord Hospital, acute care)
    03/03/2018
    The sound and vibration can sometimes calm people who don't respond to calming words, and helps us to reduce the use of sedating medicines.
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    17/16 Hammered Dulcimer
    Peter Smith
    03/03/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I am totally impressed with my recent purchase of both the Hammered Dulcimer plans and hardware kit. The full scale plan will make templating my woodwork a breeze :D
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    Awesome quality
    Howard Walther
    03/02/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I'm a cabinet maker with over 40 years experience. It's hard for me to buy a kit, since my 1st reaction is to just make it! The quality of the wood is outstanding, perfect grain and dead flat. what impressed me most is the machining! perfect corners that usually tend to chip, routs for strings and string holes I'm still trying to figure out how I'd do! They've done all the hard work, there would of been a lot of that, to make a kit that is going to be very easy for anyone to assemble! Clamp, glue & sand, that's it! Just received it, but can't wait to be playing it!!!
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    Mountain Dulcimer-Hourglass shape
    Kelly Bogan
    03/01/2018
    The materials and directions were good, except for one shortcoming. The notch in the peg head for the nut had not been cut at the factory. You need to make sure either it is cut, or change your directions so that the recipient knows to cut that notch (as I had to do). Very happy with finished product. Used the Deft lacquer and paste wax as recommended by you. Will be back for more kits in the future.
    Thank you for the review. Sorry about the missing notch in the peghead. We had a batch of pegheads that were missing that notch. We've fixed that issue. We will always swap out parts at no charge if we made a mistake but it sounds like you had the resources to take care of this. Thanks for that.
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    oscar upgrade
    Oscar Stern
    02/25/2018
    This pick is really handy when you play instruments.
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    Too light contructed
    Dennis Miller
    02/24/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I bought it for my 11 year old grandson. I determined it wouldn't last a week in his room. The idea of using tooth picks for frets is unreasonable with steel strings. I returned it!!
    Sorry you didn't think it would work out. We have cardboard instruments here that are 7 years old. We've dropped them on the floor intentionally several times to demonstrate how durable they are. They still sound and play fine and the toothpick frets are holding up great.
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    Excellent quality
    E. Rosario
    02/22/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I used the hardware to make a kalimba. The material is excellent and when assembled has a nice appearance and sound.
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    Love it!
    Peg
    02/22/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Just wanted to let you know that I LOVE my new harp desk! Thanks for a great product and wonderful customer service!
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    Chord Harp
    Lawrence Sabo
    02/20/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Very nice kit with easy to follow directions.
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    Reverie Harp 2
    Karen
    02/20/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I first learned about reverie harps from a music therapist who visited my mothers memory care facility. The sounds she made just by strumming or plucking the strings moved my soul and made me want one of my own. I ordered the Reverie 2 that day, and received it three days later. I could not be happier with it. Playing it is a perfect way to start and end my day, and I can now share it with my mom and some of the other residents. Thank you, Musicmakers, for this beautiful instrument and your excellent customer service.
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    Great kit!
    Matt
    02/12/2018
    Verified Buyer
    This is the first instrument that I have built. I am also relatively new at woodworking. This was a ton of fun to build. I enjoyed the process. The instructions are clear and well written. The instrument came out beautifully and sounds wonderful. I cannot say enough good things about my experience.
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    Quality in product and service
    Gary Manfready
    02/06/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I have been purchasing items from Musicmakers for a year or so. Each and every order has been promptly and accurately delivered. I have also made use of their advice and instruction. Responses to my questions have been made quickly and very informative. This company is to be praised for the quality they provide through their Internet service.
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    Looks Very Impressive When Done
    Don Werdin from Illinois
    02/05/2018
    Hello. I enjoyed assembling and finishing the reverie harp. This was my fourth or fifth kit from your company and I have never been disappointed. I do like the selection of the wood for this kit and must say that it looks very impressive now that it is done. I continue to play with it and like the sounds that it can produce. A person at the church that I go to was so enthralled with the harp that she wanted to know more about your company, so I gave her the catalog that you sent along with the kit. There is a chance that she will want me to assemble a harp for her. Thanks again, and I am fairly sure there is at least one if not two more kits for me to assemble in the future.
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    C3 Harp String
    Darlene Woods
    02/03/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I broke the original string when installing it on my Voyageur Harp that I built from the Music Makers kit. I also ordered a C3 to be on the safe side, because I was afraid I had damaged that one. My order arrived sooner than I expected and the new D3 string went on smoothly. After gradually and carefully tuning it over a period of time, it is now holding pitch and plays beautifully!
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    A Fun, rewarding experience
    Jayne Piepenburg
    02/02/2018
    Hey Matt!!! I finished my harp kit!!!! It turned out so well!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HELP --- I really couldn't have done it without the excellent instructions and the EXCELLENT VIDEOS!!! The extent of my woodworking experience had been refinishing some furniture years ago and as far as my musical ability, I've never played or tuned an instrument in my life, but with your instructions, videos and patient, supportive emails I WAS SUCCESSFUL!!! It really is a beautiful, beautiful instrument -- to look at, to play and to listen to! The kit was challenging, but not overwhelming, especially when I could contact you with any questions. The sanding and watching the grain of the beautiful wood start to show and seeing the harp take shape was really a rewarding part of it. I only had a Black & Decker palm sander and no router so it took a while to get the curve of the edges just the way I wanted, but I took my time and I was quite pleased with the result. I loved the feel of the smooth cherry and mahogany and loved the smell of sawdust (which was pink!). I had my brother-in-law use his drill press to drill the holes. I thought the harp was pretty when I was all done sanding, but when that first coat of finish went on, it was just gorgeous, it really was a thrill to see how pretty an instrument it was. During the stringing of the harp, I literally had your video playing over and over and over as I was installing the strings. The first one was tough and took me a while, but each one got a little easier to do and I was a little less clumsy at it, and by the last one I was far from an expert at it, but it went pretty well. The tuning baffled me at first and I had to walk away from it for a day. I listened to your video over and over, I listened to the online tuner and it just wasn't clicking with me and my harp was just sounding reeeeeeally bad. I'm not sure what I was doing wrong, I would get the electronic tuner to play the right note on the template under the string, but I must have been skipping around octaves or something, but it was bad. When I tried again, I put it together in my mind (and it maybe would be obvious to somebody who reads music or is experienced playing an instrument or is just plain smarter than me) that the D5 on string 2 should sound exactly like the D5 on string 21, the C5 on 3 and C5 on 20 should sound the same, etc, and then it all came together and it was beautiful! My family and especially my Mom seemed pretty impressed that I built the harp. I gave it to the hospice in Litchfield in memory of my Dad and sister and hopefully it'll bring many hours of enjoyment and comfort to those that use it. I'm attaching an article the local paper wrote up on the gift. Thank you for the help Matt, everyone at Musicmakers was just so nice, it really was a fun, rewarding experience.
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    Looking forward to sharing it
    Rob and Nancy
    02/02/2018
    The Reverie Harp Kit went together with success, even for someone without a lot of woodworking skills or background. We are finding it very beautiful to look at and soothing to play. It will be used in a hospice situation and we're really looking forward to sharing it with the patients and staff. The Director suggested that it's first assignment could be in an empty patient room that seems to have a tendency to collect "bad vibes". Maybe we can change the feelings that seem to linger in the room to encourage more positive thoughts :-) Thanks so much for a great product and a wonderful opportunity to share something good with others during one of life's most difficult times.
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    My Kids Love It
    Lisa
    02/02/2018
    Thank you. I purchased the Reverie Harp Kit and have just finished it a few days ago. It is hard to put down, as the sound is so soothing. It is also nice to have my young children be able to play it and make beautiful sounds without knowing anything about scales yet. As for building tips -- my router is still packed away from a recent move, so I used a hand-held mini planer for trimming the front and back. Much faster than sanding and worked perfectly. Will be back for more in the future! Thanks again
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    Can't Part with My Limerick Harp
    Paula Bhagyam
    01/28/2018
    I am building a Jolie Harp, but I am very attached to the Limerick Harp I made 7 years ago. It has a great sound and is easy to haul around. So glad I dared to make one using a kit. Not hard!
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    reverie harp classic
    GAREN SIMMONS
    01/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Truly a wonderful instrument, Good craftmanship and sound quality10 stars. Thanks.
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    A harp to truly love!
    Janice Mineer
    01/25/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I love my Jolie Hybrid harp! I have gone through several harps from a variety of manufacturers looking for the perfect combination of sound, beauty and functionality. It's only 13 pounds! Perfect for my aging back, making it a snap to put in and take out of my car (which I do many times a day.) It has a big sound--surprising for a harp of this size! A rich, warm sweet voice with a nice long sustain. And I was so pleased to find how easy it was on my hands to play this harp! The aching in my fingers was threatening to stop my playing. What a relief to play this harp. The team at Music Makers--especially Jacob--went out of their way to customize my harp shape and to select the most gorgeous woods. They were endlessly patient with my myriad of questions. The lights are a must and so pretty. They create a lovely ambiance while illuminating my hands and music so I can play. The sound pick up works amazingly well--a clear, clean sound with lots of power. And even though I haul it around in my car all day, it stays in tune very well. I couldn't be happier. Thank you Music Makers for your dedication to bringing us the newest technology and preserving the classic beauty and rich sound of the harp!
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    Success!!
    Jayne
    01/18/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I finished my harp kit!!!! It turned out so well!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HELP --- I really couldn't have done it without the excellent instructions and the EXCELLENT VIDEOS!!! The extent of my woodworking experience had been refinishing some furniture years ago and as far as my musical ability, I've never played or tuned an instrument in my life, but with your instructions, videos and patient, supportive emails I WAS SUCCESSFUL!!! It really is a beautiful, beautiful instrument -- to look at, to play and to listen to! The kit was challenging, but not overwhelming, especially when I could contact you with any questions. The sanding and watching the grain of the beautiful wood start to show and seeing the harp take shape was really a rewarding part of it. I only had a Black & Decker palm sander and no router so it took a while to get the curve of the edges just the way I wanted, but I took my time and I was quite pleased with the result. I loved the feel of the smooth cherry and mahogany and loved the smell of sawdust (which was pink!). I had my brother-in-law use his drill press to drill the holes. I thought the harp was pretty when I was all done sanding, but when that first coat of finish went on, it was just gorgeous, it really was a thrill to see how pretty an instrument it was. During the stringing of the harp, I literally had your video playing over and over and over as I was installing the strings. The first one was tough and took me a while, but each one got a little easier to do and I was a little less clumsy at it, and by the last one I was far from an expert at it, but it went pretty well. The tuning baffled me at first and I had to walk away from it for a day. I listened to your video over and over, I listened to the online tuner and it just wasn't clicking with me and my harp was just sounding reeeeeeally bad. I'm not sure what I was doing wrong, I would get the electronic tuner to play the right note on the template under the string, but I must have been skipping around octaves or something, but it was bad. When I tried again, I put it together in my mind (and it maybe would be obvious to somebody who reads music or is experienced playing an instrument or is just plain smarter than me) that the D5 on string 2 should sound exactly like the D5 on string 21, the C5 on 3 and C5 on 20 should sound the same, etc, and then it all came together and it was beautiful! My family and especially my Mom seemed pretty impressed that I built the harp. I gave it to the hospice in Litchfield in memory of my Dad and sister and hopefully it'll bring many hours of enjoyment and comfort to those that use it. I'm attaching an article the local paper wrote up on the gift. Thank you for the help Matt, everyone at Musicmakers was just so nice, it really was a fun, rewarding experience.
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    Beautiful Instrument
    Rob
    01/18/2018
    Verified Buyer
    The Reverie Harp Kit went together with success, even for someone without a lot of woodworking skills or background. We are finding it very beautiful to look at and soothing to play. It will be used in a hospice situation and we're really looking forward to sharing it with the patients and staff. The Director suggested that it's first assignment could be in an empty patient room that seems to have a tendency to collect "bad vibes". Maybe we can change the feelings that seem to linger in the room to encourage more positive thoughts :-) Thanks so much for a great product and a wonderful opportunity to share something good with others during one of life's most difficult times. Rob and Nancy
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    Great Kit
    Lisa
    01/18/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Thank you. I purchased the Reverie Harp Kit and have just finished it a few days ago. It is hard to put down, as the sound is so soothing. It is also nice to have my young children be able to play it and make beautiful sounds without knowing anything about scales yet. As for building tips -- my router is still packed away from a recent move, so I used a hand-held mini planer for trimming the front and back. Much faster than sanding and worked perfectly. Will be back for more in the future!
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    Spring steel for making kalimbas
    Terry Beck
    01/16/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Excellent material for kalimbas. Good price. Especially good that it's offered in any amount you want. Quick service!
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    Beautiful
    Johann Peterson
    01/16/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Beautiful sound, and very nice-looking instrument. Download the chord sheet from harpkit.
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    Great kit
    JMP
    01/16/2018
    Verified Buyer
    My 12 year old and I had a wonderful time building this kit. Two inexperienced woodworkers were able to build a very nice instrument. The instructions are outstanding.
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    Baritone uke X 2
    Krishna Lester
    01/15/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I have built two of them. Sadly the neck on one wasn't really straight, a bit warped and I had a couple of problems with the cut of the sides on one but the resulting sound is great. Just check all the bits when they arrive and don't try and rush it !!! Overall very satisfying and well conceived.
    Sorry about any parts that didn't measure up. If this ever happens again - please call or email and we can get you replacement parts right away. Glad to hear that you persevered!
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    baritone uke
    John McNutt
    01/10/2018
    Verified Buyer
    I ran into some problems with the size of some of the pieces. The corner blocks were shorter than the ribs. So the inlay bandings covered it up. Also where the neck fits. The up and down length was about 3/16th to short. and the tail block was to short. Other wise it a very nice kit, and have it all together and putting finish on it now.
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    Excellent Kit
    Amanda
    01/09/2018
    Verified Buyer
    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.
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    Makes a great sounding kalimba
    Ken Ellis
    01/08/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Good quality parts. I've bought over 150 of these sets. Just a few things to look out for if you are really picky: The kit comes with 15 tines. I generally use 12 for a more ergonomic spacing. The ends of the tines are bent down some for more comfortable playing than straight tines, but they are still a little hard on your thumbs. I would like the ends to be bent a little more to give them a smoother feel. The brass parts tend to be longer than the wood bridge piece, but if you make the body wide enough, this doesn't matter. Finally, the wood bridge pieces are nicely machined and have a smooth finish. The ends are angled a bit and I don't know if this has a function or not (maybe so the tines can be splayed), but I always straighten them up on the disc sander so the ends are perpendicular to the sides. To me it just looks neater.
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    Inlays
    Daniel Yost
    01/06/2018
    Verified Buyer
    Excellent. It works perfect and I happy with the results.
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    What those strings are called
    Oscar Stern
    01/05/2018
    I say that those mandolin strings are made by Martin the best company of strings & instruments
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    Strumbly Kit
    G. Snyman
    12/29/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I am quite pleased with the kit. Parts were cut well and fit together well. Will definitely be buying other products.
    6 of 6 customers found this helpful.
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    Home made Hammered Dulcimer
    Sean
    12/23/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I wanted a better look for my hammered dulcimer than the screws that are provided in the hardware kit for the 9/8 hammered dulcimer. These are perfect.
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    Mini Hammered Dulcimer Complete Hardware
    Dallas Haner
    12/23/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I'm very pleased with the hardware.The web site doesn't say what's included but when they say complete they mean complete. I thought I might have to come up with the delrin rods and brass rods on my own. (no one in my area seems to know what a delrin rod is). But, they were all in the kit. It even has a tuning key.Thanks MM.
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    So happy with my new psaltery!
    Denise
    12/21/2017
    Verified Buyer
    Beautiful instrument, delightful sound and excellent service from Musicmakers. I am looking forward to playing it in baroque and medieval ensembles.
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    harp plans
    kenneth harvey
    12/21/2017
    Verified Buyer
    wonderfull fast service,I will stay with musicmakers for any spare parts i may need
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    Kinnor Rosette
    Robert Aldridge
    12/20/2017
    Verified Buyer
    very nice product, timely shipping
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    Harp lights
    12/19/2017
    Verified Buyer
    Best idea ever. Love them.
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    Not really satisfying
    Stefanie Bieber
    12/15/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I bought the harp Wheels for my Dusty Strings FH36. It seemed to be a good idea and a much cheaper solution than buying the very expensive Harpo, even considering the high shipping costs to Germany. The first surprise was that I had to pay another 45 € for customs when the Wheels arrived. Okay, nothing can be done about that, but it would have been helpful to have the information about that before the order. I tried to fix the wheels to my Dusty Strings Bag and it did not really work with rubber straps as shown in the video. They are much too loose, so that the wheels fall off when lifting the harp up the stairs or into the car. I found a quite complicated technique to fix the wheels to to the harp bag, but then the next problem appeared: the Dusty Strings Bag dos not have a handle on the backside but only on the front side of the bag. So it is quite unsafe to roll the harp around because it can easily slip away and fall. So all in all I have spent too much money on a - for me- kind of useless tool. :o( The idea basically seems to be clever but it only works with the music makers bags or with a lot of (expensive) additional adjustments like shown in Susan's review. My final estimation is: not of good use or of good prize for the European customer.
    Sorry to hear about this. There isn't much we can do about customs and we try to make it clear that overseas customers will be responsible for import duties taxes and customs. It can be a challenge to use our wheels with bags from other makers. Usually folks can get them to work well enough for standard use but getting the wheels to remain attached while lifting the harp or going up and down steps with the wheels is a challenge indeed.
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    Review of Tenor Banjo Kit - Chicago tuning
    Paul Davis
    12/05/2017
    Verified Buyer
    Great woods, hardware and instructions. I wish there was more info on fret leveling and tuning the head, but I found those things elsewhere. Great sounding instrument!
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    Finishing touch
    Anthony Walker
    11/28/2017
    Verified Buyer
    Beautiful finishing touch on my dulcimer.
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    One Fine Harp!
    Marilyn Johnson CMP, CTHP
    11/20/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I have been a harp performer, teacher and therapeutic harp practitioner for several years. During this time I have played and/or owned several fine instruments. Thanks to Jacob Nelson of Musicmakers in Stillwater MN, I now own a harp that fulfills all of my harp expectations. The Jolie hybrid is lightweight, attractive with a beautiful finish, and easy to play with just the right string spacing and tension. Above all, the combination of wood and carbon fiber produces a lovely sound. A Big Thank you to Jacob Nelson and the Musicmakers staff, for being creative leaders in the harp world! Marilyn Johnson CMP, CTHP(Certified Music Practitioner, Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner)
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    Great!
    Terry Jones
    11/18/2017
    Verified Buyer
    The kit has everything you need to make your dulcimer play! It’s great!
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    Very nice!
    Terry Jones
    11/15/2017
    This was not hard to built if you have any woodworking experience at all. It was a fun build and would recommend it wholeheartedly. I now have a mini dulcimer to practice with and will most likely build the 17/16 at some point. Thanks so much for the free plans!
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    Harp Strings
    Shannon
    11/14/2017
    I only needed a few strings as mine had broken but the price was fair and now I will have more when I need them. The strings came marked and with a paper to tell where they went. There was also a paper telling how to install them. The only hard part was getting the knots tight enough.
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    Hognose Psaltery Kit
    George S
    11/04/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I ordered the hognose psaltery kit to build with my son who is four-and-a-half. It arrived very quickly and everything was as expected. It went together very easily and we stained it a mustard yellow before protecting it with polyurethane. It looks and sounds great. Few tools were needed aside from a drill, a few clamps and a sander. We made a simple drill jig so the tuning pin holes would be all the same and used a fine flushcut saw to trim the box sides but you could do without those. Great kit to try out instrument building and gain some practical experience! We also have the mountain dulcimer kit to try next :)
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    Great
    Johann
    11/01/2017
    Verified Buyer
    This works very well. It's solid and big enough to turn smoothly. I had a smaller brass wrench from a different supplier and it got stripped almost immediately.
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    good value for strings
    Dieter
    10/28/2017
    The strings were good value and appropriate for my project.
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    Very lovely instrument!
    Joshua Koda
    10/27/2017
    Verified Buyer
    This lovely instrument sounds as great as it looks; the craftmen ship and the tone of this Psaltery is simple sublime. Will definitely recommend others to purchase this!
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    Blind and happy.
    Nancy McCulley
    10/21/2017
    Verified Buyer
    What a beautiful piece of art. Not only does it entertain my now blindmother and allow her to use her hands to make music. Beautiful music without training or that she has to read. But it’s gorgeous to look at and feel beneath my fingers. I’m going to have a metal plaque made with her name engraved on it then glue it on the back. Thank you for making my Moms restless hands feel useful.
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    Great DVD!
    Mary Barden
    10/16/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I purchased the Reverie harp kit along with the dvd for my daughter who is a hospice nurse as a Christmas gift. While my husband is building the kit, I decided to watch the dvd to learn more about the harp. After watching, I feel in love with the harp. The dvd was instructional on various strumming techniques and how to use the harp in different settings. This DVD answered my questions in that respect and also gave me new ideas about how it could be used. After viewing this DVD I am considering purchasing another Reverie harp kit for myself.
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    Great Products
    James Boyd
    10/16/2017
    Verified Buyer
    Hi Guys and Gals,and good day from Australia. I have received my Strumbly kit and other bits in good order and in very good time,and I am very pleased with my purchases and eagerly await my second order of a Psalmodikon and bowed Psaltery. You can also expect an order of a chord harp kit very soon. I have recently retired and although I have not played any instruments except a harmonica, badly I should add. Anyhoo I have always liked folk music and I am keen to play a few traditional songs for my own and hopefully my families enjoyment. You people look like you really enjoy your work and I like the fact there is no hard sell attitude to your site. I have been telling all and sundry about your site so hopefully you might get some more orders from this neck of the woods. Cheers and regards, James [ Jim] Boyd.
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    Buy this harp!
    Erin McLean
    10/08/2017
    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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    Perfect for my Reverie Harp!
    Peggy Helminiak
    10/06/2017
    Verified Buyer
    Okay, I bought a Reverie harp with a carry bag. Don't need a stand for the harp, right? WRONG! You will want a stand for your harp. Why, you ask? First of all, the Reverie harp is pretty and matching stand just looks lovely sitting on a table or bookcase. Second, you will want to play your harp for quiet little moments and will quickly become annoyed that you have to get the case and unzip it and take the harp out. make life easy on yourself - get the harp stand!
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    Wheels for my Harp
    Kathryn Pitkin
    10/05/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I am delighted with my wheels. I was beginning to find it difficult to carry my harp, but the wheels make moving the harp easy and safe. The wheels are beautifully made, easy to use and arrived from overseas within a week. I love my new wheels. Thank you.
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    Is this available as a kit, or plans for sale?
    Jeanne Hintze
    10/03/2017
    Interested in Cross strung kit; Gothic Harp with a nylon strings and lower tension and neck and pilar design seems like it could become a cross strung??? I also love the looks of your Regency harp with the pillar forward of the sound board... keep hoping? :)
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    Pintite
    Bernard
    09/24/2017
    Verified Buyer
    Only buy if you need a few drops of Pintite. Bottle is deceiving - it certainly isn't full. Even the picture of the amount in the bottle is deceiving -there is less than half the amount that the picture shows.
    Hi Bernard - Sorry that you received such a small amount of pintite. We are going to change our procedure for filling those bottles to make the amount more consistent. I will refund the cost of the pintite. Again, sorry for the our error.
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    Reveri Harps
    Jean Shackelford
    09/16/2017
    The reverie harp is better then expected. Truly a wonderful instrument, ,has a sound like no other. Worth every Dollar.
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    Brilliant invention!
    Anita
    09/04/2017
    Verified Buyer
    These "wheels" are a brilliant invention. If there were 10 stars I would give 10. Working in a hospital for me means walking around carrying my harp and at the end of the day aching shoulders back and arms. The wheels have solved the problem. No more stress carrying the instrument, no pain, just the sheer joy of playing the harp with no worries. The wheels are beautifully made and arrived in Australia in record time, beautifully packed and ready to go. The wood is also amazing. Thank you.
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    Cardboard dulcimer
    GW Mapp
    09/01/2017
    All good
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    Felt Heart Pick
    DeEdra Stiles
    08/30/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I really like the Felt Heart Pick which give my 🎼Reverie Harp 2🎼 a sultry/smokey sound. It would be great if the felt on the Felt Heart Picks came in more colors just like the pick in the center of the Felt Heart Pick.😊
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    Lovely Harp
    Sally
    08/29/2017
    Verified Buyer
    Sweet little harp for use in personal prayer or nursing home/hospice work.
    2 of 2 customers found this helpful.
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    Tuning wrench for zither pins
    Mike Davis
    08/27/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I built a hammered dulcimer from MusicMakers plans and used the Musicmakers hardware kit. Bought this wrench to tune it with. Fit perfectly. Right price, Right delivery time. Absolutely no problems.
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    It is perfect
    Chris Blaicher
    08/26/2017
    I got the large size for my wife's Dusty Strings orphan FH-34 and asked for it to be unfinished. A D-S orphan harp is made from several different woods, hers has a bubinga base and front post. I stained and varnished it to match the bubinga. The base makes the harp even more stable. It is great.
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    The Jolie Hybrid, what a wonderful harp!!
    Amelia Gerlach
    08/25/2017
    Verified Buyer
    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!!
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    Perfect!
    Sparrow Theis
    08/24/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I ordered these levers, they arrived quickly and in perfect condition, thanks!
    12 of 13 customers found this helpful.
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    Reverie Harp 2
    DeEdra Stiles
    08/16/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I am so Impressed with the High Quality Craftsmanship and the High Quality Sound of the Reverie Harp 2, the Tones are Wonderful! The "Megahertz" produced by the Reverie Harp 2 is quit soothing to my Spirit that goes way back to Biblical times with King David who was a Exceptional Harpist! I am so happy to own the Reverie Harp 2 which will be well used for relaxation and physical healing.
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    Wow you have such a variety of specialized products.
    Jim Holland
    08/12/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I have had three purchases from this Company with no problems. I purchased wire strings for my harp and it was simple online plus the wire strings do sound brighter which I like. Just pay attention while restringing or those dam ends will poke you and you will wonder where the blood came from!
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    Great Company!
    Jim Holland
    08/12/2017
    Verified Buyer
    The nylon strings have a good sound and are very durable. With the few coloured ones this will be helpful on the fly. The extra maintenance supplies are a God send. Everything I have bought has worked well including the ordering and delivery. Thanks
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    Peace and calm in a bag!
    Peggy Helminiak
    08/07/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I first saw a Reverie harp during the Virtual Harp Summit and thought "how nice", but had absolutely no plans to buy one. But, the idea kept niggling at me... then I started watching the YouTube videos and started thinking "I might need one of those..." Then I decided that I needed more peace and calm in my life and the idea of owning one became an itch and then a craving. I have both a pedal and a lever harp, but sometimes one just needs to sit back with a little harp on one's chest and pluck random strings and make "soul music" - music that promotes peace and calm. Super-fast shipping and, after stalking the harp via the delivery tracking info, I got it, pulled it out of the packaging and promptly lost a half hour in delightful "reverie". Aptly named! It is my daily meditation now...
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    Beautiful and portable
    Marlou Russell, psychologist
    08/06/2017
    Verified Buyer
    A truly beautiful instrument in so many ways. Really like the shape, size, and sound. I am not a musician and neither are some of the people I work with so I was looking for a harp that is portable and playable by all. This definitely fits the bill! When held, the harp vibrates and resonates thru the body in a very healing and soothing way. It allows spontaneous compositions and exploration. And the gig bag makes it easy to take anywhere. Thank you for creating a harp that is truly accessible to all.
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    ready made kantele
    michael katz
    08/03/2017
    Verified Buyer
    beautiful to look at, well made and beautiful wood. Beautiful to play; it sounds so hauntingly mystical and actually far better than over your site. thank you.
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    The Jolie Hybrid, what a wonderful harp!!
    Amelia Gerlach
    07/28/2017
    Verified Buyer
    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!!
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    Wonderful Carry-Along with a Big Sound
    Caroline Kasting
    07/24/2017
    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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    Unsatisfied
    Ron Stephens
    07/24/2017
    Verified Buyer
    For the most part the digital download is good except when it comes to condescending what the actual pdf manual says for types of wood used. Also very unsatisfied with lack of information given for the dimensions for the bottom and soundboard. Last but not least would be a good idea to let buyers of digital copies know that with the purchase of the mailed plans they receive templates I would have gone that way other than digital.
    Yes, digital copies are hard to use. You can print them out full size on multiple sheets of standard letter size paper and tape the pieces together for making full-size templates. We have a link to printing instructions on our web site. Also, if you take the file to a copier service (such as Kinko's), they can make a full-size "working copy" for you on large paper. One copy is permissible with your digital purchase. Finally, if you pay for the postage, we would be happy to send you the printed version since you already paid for the digital version.
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    Start playing real songs fast!
    Mary Hagerty
    07/17/2017
    Verified Buyer
    This is an excellent beginner book for being able to play hymns. My daughter played just the chords on a piano, my one son is learning the violin, my other son is learning the guitar, and my daughter is learning the guitar as well. And I sang :) We were able to play Amazing Grace within a half an hour! And I kept on playing just the background chords on the piano, singing along, and was able to learn 9 songs just today! Thanks so much, we are going to play a few songs at church in a couple weeks, even though we are beginners.
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    Outstanding!
    Elaine Pontious
    07/10/2017
    Verified Buyer
    These wheels will make a big difference in my hospice work. It is a simple looking device from a brilliant design idea that anyone with a folk harp would welcome. The 'heavy lifting' part of my work has been greatly reduced -- thank you!
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    Reverie harp brings inspiration
    Rebecca A
    07/07/2017
    Verified Buyer
    My friend loaned me her Reverie about 2 months ago, and I just HAD to own one myself. I'm totally overwhelmed by how beautiful and melodious, not to mention easy to play, this instrument is. The workmanship is extremely high caliber, and the egg shape is perfect for hugging it to my torso to play it, I love the way it vibrates through my body. I primarily use it to help my husband who has a chronic illness, but it's also good just for me. The sound is soothing and inspirational. I keep it in pentatonic tuning, so I can play mindlessly and still have a wonderful experience. Thank you for your dedication to excellence and for your careful packaging and speedy shipping. I found my interactions with you smooth, responsive, and most helpful. Thanks!
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    Harp Desk
    Lynda Jardine, CMP
    06/29/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I love this harp desk. As a Therapeutic Musician, going in and out of hospital rooms to play for patients it is easy and efficient. I couldn't have known I would love it so much! Thank You MusicMakers!
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    What a gift!
    Maria Dummermuth
    06/24/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I received my Reverie Harp and am so excited to share this wonderful gift with my clients and so many more. I have never played the harp, or even a string instrument for that matter, and this is such an easy wonderful way to convey sound. I practice Singing Bowl Sound Therapy in Cedar Rapids Iowa and have been adding this to work with clients and it has been a huge hit. I can't wait to see where this gift takes me!
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    Everything is great!
    06/13/2017
    Verified Buyer
    Super SUPER great instructions. I was worried that them being all-plastic might deaden the sound, but it doesn't! The few dollars in price difference really adds up when I'm putting them on 29 strings. I've only got four at the moment, but I'm going to keep adding them to my Smartwood harp as I go. Installing them is precise, but it's not difficult, and the instructions are great. They also came with extra screws, which is really, really nice! Always impressed!
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    I love my new harp wheels.
    Lydia
    06/13/2017
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    The wheels are so helpful in aiding mobility and they are easy on-easy off! One less thing to worry about when out and about. There was not much lag time for arrival, a definite plus. The other thing that I really liked was the easy to open, not-excessive packaging. All in all, another positive experience. Thank you!
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    Beautiful Relaxation Tool
    Cindy Curry
    06/08/2017
    Verified Buyer
    I've received my Reverie Harp. What a beautiful relaxation tool to add to my business, Healing Sounds Harpistry! The simplicity and ease of playing evoke such gentle, beautiful sounds, taking one out of left brain thinking and judgment that is associated with musical performance and instead to a state of relaxation for not only anyone for which the Harp is being played, but for the player as well. The shape, weight and overall design of the Reverie Harp are such inviting features that call to people to come pick up the Reverie Harp and begin. The customer service from Matt at Musicmakers was fantastic; it was wonderful to feel the attention and dedication to this purchase as if I were the only Musicmakers' customer, which we know is not the case for this wonderful company. Thank you for the perfect transaction, fast shipping and beautiful creation.
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    Harp Desk
    Brenda Johnson
    06/07/2017
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    Works great. I can read the music much easier.
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    C. Martin
    06/07/2017
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    I think these are going to work just fine for my Dusty Strings Ravenna. I was hoping I could move it without having to remove the legs and platform that it sits on. This may be just the right fix.
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    It sounds beautiful
    brad
    06/05/2017
    Beautiful sounding strings!
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    Thomas D Lefler
    06/04/2017
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    I am truly enjoying the book. I've found the information thorough and complete, well written and easily understood. Thank you, Tom
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    Tons of fun, easy to build!
    Rob Zamites
    06/04/2017
    Only 4 stars, because the edge for gluing the sides was *extremely* narrow/thin. Took about 4 hours to fully assembled. I painted mine with black chalkboard paint so I can decorate the top as I feel; the back was also chalkboard painted, but I just signed the whole back with a chalkboard marker, then coated it with spray on lacquer :) At some point, I'd like to buy a few more, and offer an after school/weekend workshop for disadvantage youths. Thanks, Musicmakers!!
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