Hi! i was wondering if Cedar wood was good wood for the harp. or is
it very low quality. thanks bye!
That’s all really great advice. Just beware of Mahogany. It is such a beautiful wood, but it is VERY soft. Spruce is terrific for the soundboard for millions of reasons.
I say use Hard Maple for the body, and maybe a little Walnut here and there. These woods are durable, look great, and always give a pleasant sound.
Donald is just highly expressive. He’s actually pretty nice. I know him well. And I disagree with him. Mahogany may be classed as a hardwood, but it sure is soft. I have a mahogany Salvi bench, and you can practically dent it with your fingernail! Maybe some kinds of it are hard, but in furniture it’s often soft. I was shocked to see that our new performing arts center auditorium was covered in mahogany panelling. That won’t last long. For a wood to be used in a harp one also has to consider the climate it will be in and the humidity. Where’s Carl Swanson when you need him?
As far as I know, maple is almost the staple wood for harpbuilders…Lyon $ Healy and Salvi use it exclusively for their harps (just with different wood finishes) and I think all pedal harps are made from hard maple, for its strength and…well, hardness.
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