I saw an add on Craig’s list that Mark Harwood and Barb Brundage identified as an old Pratt Dauphine (Samuel Pratt).
Yes, definitely post pics! $400 is a darn good price for any harp, and if it lasts for a few years, why not enjoy it? Was there a reason that the soundboard would come out or the back fall apart? Is it a structural flaw? That’s too bad if that is really what you can expect to happen. I wouldn’t let that discourage you though- I had a lap harp I built from a kit that was still perfectly sound after 20+ years, but then again the soundboard was laminated birch, not spruce. I wonder if there might be a way you can restring it at a slightly lower tension? This might help keep it longer…
On the picture of the back of the neck is that a crack? I’m a little worried about the neck- it seems to have a bit of a warp happening, but not sure from the pics if that’s just an optical illusion of sorts. Otherwise for what you spent it looks to be in remarkably good shape. Not fond of those nails/levers though, but I suppose you could switch them out if doing so wouldn’t compromise the strength of the neck. You might want a tech to check it out before you add any bass strings, just to be on the safe side.
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