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    Charles on · in reply to: Cross Country drive with Pedal Harp…. #233238

    You’re welcome, sorry the pictures I tried to send didn’t go through.

    Charles on · in reply to: Levers/Sharoing – Your Opinions? #233237

    Why the gasp about cross strung harps LOL!
    Triple strung is also an option for chromatic freedom.
    All kidding aside I’m in favor of the most simple designed lever too.
    I used the Music Makers Universal levers on a couple of harps I made. It’s a one size fits all strings easy install. My only negative about the lever was the length of the handles. I felt the could have been longer.

    Charles on · in reply to: Cross Country drive with Pedal Harp…. #230874

    Back in April I flew to Vegas rented a MASSIVE suv drove to Arizona to pick up a harp. Returned to Vegas built a padded base and upper cover from moving blankets. The following morning I swapped out the giant 2019 Ford Explorer for a smaller suv and drove from Vegas to Ann Arbor Michigan. The harp did fine!

    Charles on · in reply to: Do you name your harp? #223766

    My kids usually have their names before I’ve finished building them. The ones that come to me already built take a little time to name.
    He’s who I have at the moment.
    Georgio the Wurlitzer.
    Carl Sasha the Erard.
    Zebdiaha the big lever harp covered in zebra wood veneer.
    Orem Phantos cross strung.
    Lil boy small Gothic diatonic harp.
    Larry my oldest living lever harp made by me.

    Charles on · in reply to: Sewing a dust cover. #223757

    I’ve made a few dust covers from velvet curtain panels, and a shear cover from window shears as well as a padded cover from two twin comforters from a discount store. I leave the column end open however I make a big over lap and leave an opening in the back to fit a hand in. I stitch all mine by hand because I’ve a nasty habit of breaking sewing machines. I have used the iron on velcro to close the front in the past and it works for a while then once piece falls off. I’ve taken to closing the front with a couple of cotton shoe laces.


    Because I suffer from harp addiction I would for sure buy this book if it were available.

    Charles on · in reply to: Harp in carton #223699

    What happened? How did this all turn out???

    Charles on · in reply to: Harp Restoration Needed – Michigan #223622

    You might also want to reach out to Erich Rase in Lancing Michigan.
    He’s done a nice job keeping my 1912 Erard Gothic going before I purchased it in November.

    Charles on · in reply to: When YOU build a harp… #223313

    I agree with everything Biagio mentioned. It’s a real addiction Even if you are not going into business it difficult to only build one. Collecting tools is addictive too. I became intrested in harp in the late 90’s after I graduated college and moved to Atlanta. I had a choice buy a car or a harp. You can’t really get around Atlanta without a car so…. many hours of research, group chats and looking at catalogs I made a small lap harp. Shortly after larger harps followed. I have a music degre and many years woodworking experience. There is a certain satisfaction from performing on an instrument you designed and built even if you see all its flaws. There’s a tremendous margin of error ( within reason) that will still yeild a decent tone and look nice. I started with simple diatonic harps then added levers not being satisfied with flipping levers I made a cross strung chromatic based on the Plyel chromatic Cross strung harp. Building it was a challenge 60some strings however, getting comfortable playing it was fun. Right now I’m in the process of building a triple strung harp.
    Within the past couple of years I’ve been able to buy used working pedal harps and hope to be able to concentrate more on making music.
    Another fun route to building a harp are kits that you put together several really good ones are available.

    Charles on · in reply to: A Decorative work in progress #223305

    I love all those colors!
    I’ve always had trouble picking one color which resulted in me repainting my childhood bedroom several times. How arw you enjoying the actual harp and was it difficult to order and have it delivered?

    Charles on · in reply to: My Antique Erard on a movie set #223304

    You and your movie star harps!
    Where would movie makers be without you!

    Charles on · in reply to: the ultimate in harp bling! #78175

    Imagine it in a black finish with the crystals that would have been nice.


    The 7/5 layout has different fingerings for just about every scale it’s similar to scales on piano with the exception that you don’t use your pinky finger.

    The 6/6 layout ( I’ve never played one ) from what I’ve read only has two sets of fingerings for all scales.

    You will have to cross over and under on all scales.

    You really need to find someone in your area or an area where you plan to visit who has a cross strung so you can get your hands on it. It will take a while to get use to looking at the stings to get use to it. With your piano background I have a feeling you will progress quickly.

    Cross stung is a bit more difficult than a single course harp. Having the ability to change keys at will is awesome. But there is a trade off. You can only play glissandos in C major/a minor or in the pentatonic scale. I find single course lever or pedal harp is easier as far as just playing goes. I set the levers or pedals and play flip a lever or pedal for an accidental every now and then. Yes flipping levers and pushing pedals takes planning but I’d rather set the levers or pedals for a piece I’m playing the key of E major and play the F#,C#, G# and D# on the F, C,G, and D strings rather than have to find those strings on the cross stung. I’m not saying it can’t be done because it’s my goal to be comfortable in every key on the cross strung as I am on piano. But with dead lines it’s good to have options. I think the key is to know what the instrument can do and use it to it’s maximum effect.

    There is a Yahoo group called Harpers Crossing that deals with all things cross strung
    Check them out.

    Charles on · in reply to: the ultimate in harp bling! #78169

    Carl, You crack me up!


    The technique is different from a single course harp., Rather that pulling the strings back towards you with your 4,3,and 2 fingers you actually pull the stings out from the middle of the instrument to prevent the strings from banging together. Hand independence really gets tested in the right hand. There are lots of times when you place chords with the 3 finger at the root and 4 finger on the third and the fifth with the 2 or 1.

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