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My new custom Pratt Chamber Harp

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  • #72910
    karen
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    After 1500 miles of driving (including adventures in Zion National Park and Bruce National Park en route to Manti, Utah) I have returned home with what I think is one of the most beautiful harps in the world! (through my eyes of course!) I wish I could post a half a dozen photos to show the amazing craftsmanship, the gorgeous wood and the almost 3-D effect of the wood chosen for the soundboard. I did post one picture of it under my Profile Picture since that is all it would allow.

    This harp was created by John Pratt and after many, many e-mail exchanges and details discussed, he matched the “vision” I had in my heart and in my mind’s eye perfectly. A more generous, professional, integral person I have not met and a craftsman second to none!

    Most importantly is that it sounds AMAZING. Simply and wonderfully amazing. Vanderbilt Classic gut strings, Pirastro Nylon. It moved me to tears when I got it home and played it.

    I love being part of this harp community and hope you will check out my new ‘beloved’ harp!

    Thanks for allowing me to share my enthusiasm and excitement.

    Karen

    #72911
    jessica-wolff
    Participant

    Lovely, Karen!

    #72912
    brook-boddie
    Participant

    Karen,

    Congratulations–your harp is beautiful!!!

    #72913
    deb-l
    Participant

    it’s a work of art!

    #72914
    unknown-user
    Participant

    What a beautiful harp! Whenever someone gets a harp I know I keep saying “I want that harp!” but really, I think I want your harp too! I hope that Mr Pratt goes to the World harp congress as I’d love to try one of his harps. I just spent about 2 hours on his website looking at all the models, and all the little details, and they really have something so good and honest about them. And even my dad had a look and he said “impeccible craftsmanship”! (my dad is

    #72915
    Karen Johns
    Participant

    Beautiful harp! Is that figured cherry wood on the soundbox and pillar?

    Congrats!

    #72916
    karen
    Participant

    My harp is Bubinga and Quilted Maple. The trim and inlays are also Bubinga and Quilted Maple. The soundboard is a one-of-a kind piece that John Pratt only had ever had 3 of and this was his last one and he was so generous to use it for my special harp. He spent a long time choosing the wood, book-matching the right and left sides, etc. It is incredibly well made and it truly sounds spectacular. Right now I am doing a lot of tuning as the strings stretch and settle in but even with that, the sound is simply exquisite. He has been in the harp world since he was a child and this man knows harps!

    #72917
    Jerusha Amado
    Participant

    Karen,

    Your harp has gorgeous figuring!

    How well does it project?

    #72918
    karen
    Participant

    It has a beautiful, warm tone and the Pirastro nylons are warm and perfectly bright but not at all “tink-ly”.

    Best way to check it out is to go to FaceBook and type in Pratt Harps and you can see the picks John Pratt posted and then you will see me listed under the list of ‘friends’ and can click on me to go to my photo album for more pics.

    Hope that helps and thanks so much for your kind words and being interested.

    #72919
    karen
    Participant

    Oh….I forgot to answer your projection question. The projection is quite significant…I imagine the extended soundboard contributes to that to some degree, the wood, the shape of the soundbox, etc. Clearly I am biased but it is an amazing musical instrument.

    #72920
    kay-lister
    Member

    Karen,

    Very, VERY nice!

    #72921
    unknown-user
    Participant

    Thanks for telling me about your harp. You were so lucky getting the special wood in the soundboard. It really is wonderful that you got to have something made just for you that is a one of a kind!

    Is Mr Pratt the man that writes the books of harp music? I remember somone telling me something about him and that he designed the original Troubador model and the original style 30?

    #72922
    Jerusha Amado
    Participant

    Warm and projecting!

    #72923
    karen
    Participant

    His dad, Samuel O. Pratt wrote the book and designed the original Troubador for Lyon and Healy. He also composed “The Little Fountain”—a great piece for lever harp that sounds VERY ‘harpy’.

    John Pratt made my harp and he is the son of Samuel. He was born into the harp world because his mother, Louise was a professional harpist.

    His brother, Carl at one time made harps also but from what I hear, they did not hold a candle to the harps that John Pratt makes.

    Yes, I feel lucky to have my harp, to have had such a wonderful experience co-creating it because John was so open, willing and accommodating. It is truly a one-of-a-kind and I am blessed! I wish you could hear it and play it to understand how it sounds as beautiful as it looks!

    #72924
    unknown-user
    Participant

    Thank you so much for telling me about your harp. I looked at the photos of your harp on

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