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  • #148239
    Harp Museum
    Participant

    There we go, you can enlarge the second photo. Thank you Barbara Brundage for talking me through this!

    #148240
    kathy-chanik
    Participant

    Omigosh, is that lovely!

    #148241
    barbara-brundage
    Participant

    Hi, Kathy. No, L&H sent the soundboard to the artist and he painted it and sent it back before the harp was assembled. It’s all original, and it’s really worth seeing in person.

    #148242
    barbara-brundage
    Participant

    That’s right, isn’t it, Harp Museum? Please correct me if I’m not remembering correctly.

    #148243
    Harp Museum
    Participant

    Yes Barbara, that is correct, it was painted at the time the harp was built.

    The work was commissioned in 1987 and the owner wanted the painting to represent the four elements. She asked him to create a design that consisted of flamingos, tropical flowers, cascading waters and other elements of nature.

    The board was painted by Hugo Matzenauer, a listed artist, muralist and book illustrator. Hungarian born, he later made his way to the United States.

    The body of the harp is painted pink, which was also done at the factory.

    After the owner passed away, her family contacted the International Harp Museum to see if we were interested in acquiring the instrument, and of course we were.

    I’m afraid you really can’t get the full effect from the photos, the harp is stunning.

    Even though the soundboard is fully painted, the harp has a wonderful sound. Full and rich and not at all hindered by the coating of paint.

    #148244
    Harp Museum
    Participant

    By the way, if there is anyone who saw this harp while the owner was still alive, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at:
    IHMinfo@InternationalHarpMuseum.org

    Thank you,

    IHM

    #148245
    kathy-chanik
    Participant

    That is just AWESOME, that owner really had a vision. I’m glad the harp is in a place now where more people can see it. Thanks for posting the pics.

    #148246
    Sarah Mullen
    Participant

    Thanks so much.

    #148247
    barbara-brundage
    Participant

    I painted the soundboard of my prelude when I got it, with the board on. It was a terrible job to get the finish back on afterwards, but it didn’t hurt the sound any. (Back then, they didn’t come with the decal.)

    #148248
    kay-lister
    Member

    Hmmmm,

    #148249
    kathy-chanik
    Participant

    Sarah, I think you are really interested in the wood burning option. Why don’t you give Triplett harps out in California a call-they do a lot of wood burning on their harps-and see what they say. Let us know too.

    #148250
    m-l-mcneel
    Participant

    Kathy,

    Would I perhaps be that friend who has those dogwood flowers?

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