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Help buying a wire strung harp?
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Author:  monochrome_rose [ Fri May 26, 2017 12:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Help buying a wire strung harp?

Hello! This is my first post here, hoping to find some advice. I've recently started to learn the harp using a rental instrument, and now I'm looking at buying options.

The ones I adore most are the wire strung harps. I know there are a few well-known makers like ardival and triplett, but they are also terribly expensive for someone just starting out. I found a couple of smaller non-ebay harp makers as well - folcharp, dreamsinger and another era lutherie, for instance. Does anyone know how reputable they are? Or am i just better off saving up and buying from a well known maker?

Author:  Katharine [ Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Help buying a wire strung harp?

Another option is building your own, if you are handy and feel confident (or, have a woodworker friend who would help?). Musicmakers and Markwood both offer a kit... the 26-string Musicmakers Limerick and the 22-string Cambria kit.

(Is it okay to post links to the site?)
Here's the Limerick:

And the Cambria kits page: ... harp-kits/

It seems Musicmakers have changed their offerings since the last time I looked, but perhaps they still have videos that also help with the build.

Author:  Nanohedron [ Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Help buying a wire strung harp?

Hello there, monochrome_rose. I'll email you a contact (too soon for PMs, yet). He's an experienced wire harper and he'll be glad to offer whatever guidance you need.

Author:  cat [ Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Help buying a wire strung harp?

Fwiw, I have a triplett 25 - wire for sale (USA)

Author:  An Draighean [ Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Help buying a wire strung harp?

My wife has one wire harp from William MacDonald on Skye, and another on order.

I thought they were very reasonably priced, for a hand-made instrument. Lovely tone, but they are much more difficult to bring up to tune and keep in tune than a modern gut-strung harp. ... nu01kn.jpg ... icdabk.jpg

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