I just got a new Music Maker catalog and am intrigued by their new “Smart Harp.”
Along the lines of the harps with cardboard soundboxes and their affordability, the “Backyard harp” (which I think used to be the Waring Harp) now has 22 strings and an harmonic curve, can take levers, and sells in kit form for $139!
Here’s the link:
I just built one of these for a new student of mine. Went together like a charm! She’s bringing it up to pitch over the next two weeks, so I’ll update you on how I think it sounds. The foam board soundbox is made of a material called “Gatorboard” and it appears quite strong. I think the Smart Harp is an excellent choice for a beginner that can’t afford to spend a lot. It’s easy enough to put together, even for someone who has never built anything. Not the most gorgeous harp, but for the price it gives those with limited funds a chance to fulfill a dream. Hats off to Jerry Brown
I’ll be back with updates once I get a chance to really hear it, but from the preliminary tuning I was able to sense that ethereal tone throughout the mid-range that is the traditional “harp-sound”.
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