In light of Stardust’s problems I went and took a look at this – lots of red flags raised:
They claim that their harps are made in house and there are three groupings: Heartland, McHugh and Camac. Oops: The “Heartlands” and McHughs are all obviously Pakistani designs. Do they just get the parts and put them together in Dublin? They ceraintly do not make real Camacs in Dublin.
Heartland Harps is a registered trade name for a well known maker in the US (Dave Woodward).
Camac does not list Muzikkon as a licensed distributor in Dublin – they do list Walton’s which has changed it’s address – is this now Muzikkon? Dunno.
They claim that their harps have “Sprucewood” sound boards. I can virtually guarantee that those Pakistani harps have plywood boards, certainly at the offered prices – definitely not real spruce (space) wood.
For Stardust’s 27 the picture shows what appear to be Camac levers..but at the offered price of 569 euros real Camac levers would be 60% of the price alone.
Perhaps when confronted with these observations Muzikkon might offer some dubious explanations (“those names are generic”, or “we were referring to Camac spruce boards” etc.) but I’m not buying that if it were me. As far as I am concerned this smacks of deceptive advertising.
Usually I would keep my virtual mouth shut but I find this upsetting as a friend of many harp makers and one myself. We work long and hard to make beautiful instruments; it is upsetting to see this sort of thing, and upsetting to see beginning players misled.