Our precut harp kit includes all wood parts, strings, hardware, tuning wrench, and detailed step-by-step instructions. The neck is already pre-drilled for tuning pins, and all parts are carefully pre-fitted at the factory, so it should only require about 20-30 hours to finish this kit.
You'll spend most of your time assembling the body of the harp. Use an electric sander for tapering some edges and rounding over others. An electric hand drill will be useful for installing screws and drilling string holes in the soundboard. Our bolt together neck/pillar system makes assembling that joint a snap.
Just notify us of the problem. We are generous with spare parts, but we may ask you to return the defective part if we think we can salvage it. We may ask you to pay for replacement parts if you damaged them during construction. After one year from date of purchase, we may not be able to supply replacement parts if we have discontinued the kit.
Need help with construction?
We are happy to finish assembling a kit for you. The basic fee is the difference between the kit price and the finished price shown in our current catalog (regardless of the price you paid for the kit). If you have done some of the assembly, we may be able to discount the construction fee, unless we need to re-do some of your work. If you want us to do only part of the construction, please call us about the price.
Desire a refund?
We give refunds, or exchanges, for re-usable kits returned within one year of purchase, regardless of reason for return or stage of construction. You must present proof of purchase from MUSICMAKERS. Such refunds will be for merchandise only, not shipping, handling, or insurance fees. We will refund the price of only those parts that are returned in re-saleable condition.
If we made an error on the original shipment, we will pay for return shipping. Please call us for the proper procedure.
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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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
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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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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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.