Most of the harps you will see being played are single string band harps, with one set of strings, usually attached to the left side of the harp neck, as you are sitting behind the harp.
These typical type harps can be custom designed by me to have as few as 19 strings, up to 45. Wire strung harps will have at the most 40 strings, due to the upper strings being too short, above first octave A, to be playable.
Most all single string band harps are designed to be played by right handed players, with the strings on the left side of the neck. But I also custom design and build any of my harps to be left handed, with the strings hardware and sharping levers on the right side of the neck, if desired.
Markwood Heavenly Strings make all my custom harp strings, with the exception of my gut strings.
This harp shown here below: On the left, is a Custom Left handed carved 38 string nylon strung Cherry Wood harp.
Each harp I build can be designed and built of be as compact, or as large as you desire. This means all the dimensions, height, width of the harp from the box out to the pillar, the width and size of the sound box, etc. With this very flexible design service, the size and weight of the harps I build can vary wildly, depending on your needs. For example, a typical weight for a 36 string harp I can build, with a C to C note range, is about 18 Lbs. And the typical height would be about 56 inches. But for a person who sits taller (or who wishes to be able to play standing up), then the total height of the same harp might be up to 63 inches or more, with the same number of notes. Or, the same harp could be built to be more compact as well.
Nylon, Gut, Phosphor Bronze, or Steel Strung.
I am currently building single string band harps with any of the string materials listed above, in any number of strings from 19 to 45 strings. The note possibilities, (for the nylon and gut strung harps), can go from the high first octave 'G' note, down to the low Sixth Octave 'E'. Wire strung harps, can have nearly the same note range, with the exception of the highest note usually being the first Octave 'A'.
I install full sets of Loveland or Camac sharping levers on all my nylon and gut strung harps. Loveland levers can be installed on my wire harps, if the string band design has spacing to allow them. Other types of sharping levers can be installed at increased cost, on my gut and nylon harps. Please inquire about these options.
Harps shown: On the left, 36 nylon strung Black Walnut harp, carved with "Howling Wolf". On right, Custom Myrtle wood, 36 gut strung, full pedal tension, note range-up to high pedal notes.
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Follow your Bliss, and live your Life in Joy!
Glenn J. Hill
Member: International Folk Harpers & Craftsmen Association Inc, Association of Science
and Technology Centers, Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild.
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