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Beautiful Harp with Amazing Sound!
Ann Lorenc
10/12/2020
Verified Buyer
I absolutely love my Voyageur Harp! I purchased my Voyageur Harp a little over a year and a half ago as an upgrade from my Shepherd's Harp, which I had received as a birthday present in high school and still plays beautifully. I needed to upgrade to include levers and additional strings in order to play some more complicated music. There was no question about where to look for my next harp since I love the sound on my Shepherd's Harp. Matt and the rest of the Musicmakers team were very helpful throughout the purchasing process and even sent me photos of the harp as it was being built. The strings settled in within just a few weeks of daily tuning and they hold their notes consistently with very little extra tuning needed. I had to replace a string last week for the first time, but the video on how to replace the string was very helpful in helping me to successfully change it. The 34 strings with sharpening levers are just what I needed to be able to start playing more complicated pieces. It is light enough for me to lift, however it's almost as tall as I am, so I prefer to use the harp wheels if I need to move it far, just to make sure I don't accidentally bump into anything with it. ;) I always receive compliments on how beautiful the harp looks and everyone is amazed by the rich sound that it produces. This is a beautifully made harp and I truly enjoy playing it!
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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
Verified Buyer
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
10/05/2020
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
Verified Buyer
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
Verified Buyer
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
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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
Verified Buyer
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
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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
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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
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Excellent feel and finish and operation.
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Bow for psaltery
04/17/2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Fit my Celtic harp perfectly! Thanks.
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Really great starter project
Steven Baric
10/18/2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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works great for door harps...reasonable price
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great starter kit
jim
08/05/2019
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excellent quality and prices with fast delivery
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Great service and price
Proctor Taylor
07/29/2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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So easy to assemble and finish.
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Perfect (well almost)
frederic Beach
07/15/2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Everything to my satisfaction.
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bottle almost full
Robert H Schwarz
05/14/2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Worked great for tuning my lyre with zither pins. Would recommend, but be sure you buy the right size.
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Wonderful Results
Sean Roark
03/31/2019
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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
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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
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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
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Excellent teacher!!! Book is a must in your music library!!!
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Beautiful Instrument
Bill Klein
03/05/2019
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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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Mr.
Gary Stewart
02/28/2019
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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
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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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Enthusiastic
Patti
02/27/2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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These strings work great and sound good.
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Harpguitar builder
Lou Siragusa
01/21/2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Ibanaz IAB
ayon chowdhury
11/13/2018
I think this is the best guitar gig bag, I personally use it for a long time.
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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
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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
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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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modal musings
Romona King
10/22/2018
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This is a good book for de-mystifying musical modes. The author also explains how chords reinforce the sound and flavor of its' mode. Her musical compositions are simple enough for me to play on the harp and hear the "mood" of the mode. I am thoroughly enjoying this study book without being overwhelmed by it.
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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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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
Verified Buyer
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.
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Neophyte
Geoff
10/13/2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Verified Buyer
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
Verified Buyer
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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mr
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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From the deep Earth
Cindae Wilson
06/25/2018
Verified Buyer
I was in need of new music for my massage practice. This has been a wonderful CD to use, easy to listen to all day long and positive comments from my clients as well!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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This fits some of the odd autoharps I keep
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Just what I needed
Willard Palmer
03/27/2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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TUNING WRENCH FOR ZITHER PINS
Mary B. Carlisle
01/16/2018
Verified Buyer
ORDERED TWO TUNING WRENCHES FOR ZITHER PINS IN ADDITION TO SEVERAL OTHER ITEMS. ONE WOODEN HANDLE WAS SHATTERED.
Very sorry to hear about the shattered handle. That is the first time I've ever heard of this happening. We would be happy to refund the cost of that wrench or send you a free replacement.
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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
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I managed to make the Jolie Harp without any kind of workshop (as I don't have one). I am thrilled. I really enjoyed the process of construction, and I came to discover that I really enjoyed hand sanding and feeling the finish of the wood with my fingers. I got to play it yesterday for the first time and am extremely pleased. The sound is bright and yet resonant. I made this harp, as my way of helping a woman, who wants to undertake music therapy, and this was the most cost-effective option that I could find. I think this harp is superb and will do the job beautifully. I may want to do this again sometime in the future.
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Makes a great sounding kalimba
Ken Ellis
01/08/2018
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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
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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
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I am quite pleased with the kit. Parts were cut well and fit together well. Will definitely be buying other products.
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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.
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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harp wheels
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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Harp design book
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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