In Ireland you'll find harps that have been especially developed for the traditional music played in that country. My harps have been modeled after those harps, and are designed to facilitate the playing of traditional music in particular, as well as provide the discriminating player with an instrument of un-excelled craftsmanship, tone and playability in general. As a rule, most popular traditional harps in Ireland are about 48" or less in height and are fairly lightweight to facilitate transport. They have medium-light string tension and a unique 'even' string spacing that enhances the playing of traditional music, the dance tunes of which can be quite fast and intricately ornamented. My harps feature the use of Savarez 'carbon' strings and Camac precision levers, and my hand-rubbed, waterborne lacquer finish is second to none in durability and silky smoothness.
Adequate tone and volume are always a concern on smaller harps, and I've developed these models to produce a tone that is sparkly clear in the treble and warm & bass-y in the lower registers, with adequate volume overall enabling the harp to be heard. The lighter-tensioned 'carbon' strings are easy on the fingers to play, the round back is comfortable to hold, and the weight is kept to a minimum through the elimination of superfluous structural and cosmetic elements.
No extra charge for this custom spacing.
- 'Package Deal' includes a soft carrying case, complete spare set of strings, tuning key, tool kit and owner's manual.
- 34 strings: C2-A6 (2 octaves below middle 'C' up to 2 octaves plus 4 notes above middle 'C')
- Medium-light tension 'carbon' strings (Savarez Alliance KF) with 8 steel-core bass wires.
- Traditional "even' string spacing (approx. 4" between octaves)
- 5 year limited warranty, fully detailed in the Owner's Manual.
- Height at the top of the forepillar: 48”/122cm. Height at the shoulder (neck knob): 43"/109cm
- Depth: 29"/74cm. Soundboard width at bottom: 14.5"/37cm
- Weight: 16-17 lbs/7.25-7.7kg. in cherry, koa or quilted maple; 18-19 lbs/8-8.6kg in curly walnut or hard curly maple.
- The harp shown at right is made with curly cherry with a Port Orford white cedar soundboard.
- Nylon strings instead of the Savarez 'carbon' strings. No extra charge.
- Traditional narrower, graduated string spacing (The 'Janet Harbison' spacin). No extra charge.
- HP Model: Specially-made 10 bass wire string set with multifilament fiber-core transition strings between the carbons and steel-core bass wires. These strings are made in the UK by Salopian Strings and I call this model the 'HP' which stands for 'High Performance'. $150
- Base plate with detachable legs (instead of 2" feet). The legs are avilable in 5", 6" or 7" lengths: $200
- Hawaiian Koa (currently unavailable till at least late Autumn)