- Measures approximately 35.5 inches high
- 26 DuPont hard nylon strings
- Ranges from F below Middle C to C above High C, 26 sharpening levers
Woodland's Harp TM, featuring 26 DuPont hard nylon strings, a range from F below Middle C to C above High C, 26 sharpening levers.
This harp has an engraved and inlaid Rosewood frame and a solid Spruce soundboard for exceptional sound and strength.
Standing on four legs, this harp stands approximately 35.5 inches high. It has a footprint of approximately 18 x 11 inches, the pillar arm is 32 inches long and the tuning arm is approximately 23.5 inches.
This harp is decorated with a skillfully hand carved woodland theme. There are stylized branches and leaves entwined on the side panels. On the pillar arm is a mythical flying squirrel clinging to the side of a tree. You can see it perched over the flowers that carpet the forest floor.
A harp is a chordophone. The vibration of strings echoes in the sound box and makes the sound.
There are three basic forms of harp: bowed, angle, and frame. On all three forms the strings run, at an angle, between the neck and the resonator (or body). The strings, neck and resonator roughly describe a triangle.
The bowed harp has a neck that is a curved extension of the resonator. This is the oldest form and is believed to have developed from a musical bow. Ornate and simple bow harps were depicted in wall paintings of ancient Egypt and Sumeria from 3000 BC.
The angle harp has a neck that is a separate piece attached to the resonator. This form is most likely derived form Persia and was known in Egypt ca. 2000 BC. In Babylonian carvings these angle harps are shown being played with the neck pointing down.
The frame harp has the resonator, neck, and an arm connecting the end of the neck to the opposite end of the resonator.
Our Celtic rosewood harps are frame harps. This form originated in the Medieval Period. With only slight modification in style, the Celtic harp has not changed significantly in over a thousand years.
To reduce the chance of damage during shipping, we remove the stress on the soundboard by loosening the strings on the harps. For this reason a new harp will require tuning several times before it will achieve its full voice.
In the first two weeks you may find you have to tune the harp multiple times each day. This process slowly brings the soundboard up to its full potential. The stability of the soundboard increases with age. Have patience with your harp in the beginning and it will provide you with years of beautiful music.
When tuning, always work from the longest to the shortest string.
Begin by tuning the ‘C’ strings (color coded red). Next, tune the ‘F’ strings (color coded blue). Finally, tune the clear strings, always from longest to shortest.
This method of tuning stretches the soundboard in a very even manner. As you turn the tuning peg gently push inward to tighten the peg. The pegs are tapered and will hold more firmly as you press inward. Use a piano or electronic tuner as a reference for tuning.
Bridge pins are directly beneath the tuning pins. These bridge pins are loose in their holes. They may need to be adjusted so there is ample lift to the string on the sharpening lever for a clear tone.
Push or tap bridge pins for more string lift. The sharpening levers are mounted below the bridge pins. Sharpening levers may be adjusted for fine-tuning after the soundboard achieves stability. Raising or lowering the sharpening levers makes the key sharp (i.e. C becomes C-Sharp).
Care and Handling
Our harps travel well over short trips. However, if you have to pack the harp to ship it, you should always back the pegs up and remove the strings' tension on the soundboard.
Harps are affected by the environment, but mostly by fast fluctuations in the humidity level and temperature. If the humidity is high, or low, and stays that way your harp should be fine.
You need to understand that when you first acquire a harp it needs to be tuned several times a day for the first week or so. This gradually stretches the harp soundboard and eventually your harp will find its voice.