BUILD A HARP!    (you can tell I'm working on this page so thanks for bearing with me...)

HARP CONSTRUCTION
Beginning your harp project can be an exciting yet confounding time and you'll be busy with thoughts of what you want it to look like, designs, how big it is; lots to think about.    The following topics are links to detailed design considerations that should help you walk through the process and give you a lot more to think about.

So visit the links, get some ideas then go to the  CONTACT page and let me know what you want. I think you'll be amazed at what we can do!

Your harp can have almost any shape with the only constraints being the length of the strings and the size of the arm, pillar, and resonator (sound box) required to hold it all together.  Other considerations include your choice of the resonator shape.  General shapes are squared, rounded, staved, or curved.  There are arguments for each and you'll get to see them all.

However, it all starts with what range of notes you want to play in.  Not necessarily the keys you need, just the scale.  Knowing the range and the 'pluck' (how tight the strings feel) we can choose strings that can accommodate.  this will give us a general size of your harp and allow us to choose woods that can hold that tension.

With all of this information, we can choose the woods you like.  Appearance is important but must be balanced with strength and tone quality.  Different woods vary in weight, timbre (sound carrying ability) and strength so you'll need strong woods for the arm, pillar, and resonator while you'll want a softer wood for the soundboard.  

The exotic woods are pretty, but generally, the darker the heavier so if transportability is critical, this is a good time to think it through.


When your harp is assembled, you'll be concerned with tuning. Most harps are tuned diatonically in C major so if you'll need to retune to play in other keys.  By adding levers, you can have a range of keys.  The Harp Tuning page has a chart of which keys are available with levers on which strings. 

There are lots of levers available by different manufacturers and we choose to install Camac or Universal on our Stock Harps.  We can provide levers of your choice on your harp.

You have so much from which to choose!  You may want to express yourself by personalizing, as well as customizing, your harp.  We can decorate your harp with custom carvings, pyrography, painting, inlays, decals, veneers, almost anything that lets you be you!

You'll want to protect your fine wood with a durable but maintainable finish.  We choose to apply natural shellac to our Stock Harps and we do it 'old school'.  It's applied with a centuries old method of hand rubbing called 'French Polish'.  We know it'll hold up and is easy to repair if things go beyond normal wear and tear.

Gig bags, straps, pickups, amplifiers, wheels, spare strings, and harp lights are among the items with which you can accessorize.  We do offer casters for floor harps and stands for smaller harps.  Just ask!