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Endorsements: Here's what they're saying about the Thormahlen Swan

We are always adding new endorsements so check out the newest ones towards the bottom of each section or after the last picture in each section. You may also see more than one endorsement from the same person. Sometimes that is because they have gotten another Thormahlen or they are re-appreciating the harp they have and I wanted to share that with you. They are not necessarily in the order received.

Endorsements for Cygnet, Serenade, Ceili and Clare and Gemini

Updated June 18, 2017

Thormahlen Harps Endorsements
Here are 4 very satisfied customers who tell you about their experience of their Thormahlen Harps. First is a Certified Music Practitioner (one who plays for hospital and hospice patients); second, a teenager and her mother; third, a woman new to music in her life; and fourth, a harp professor from the University of Oregon in Eugene. Also are some portions of an interview with Dave. Time: 7:44

 



The Swan (See Cygnet, Serenade, Ceil and Ceili-Mor and Gemini)

A picture Sarah drew of her and her mom

 

 


Pamela Copus (right) and her daughter, Sarah, 11, playing their Thormahlen Harps at the ZMR awards in New Orleans, 2014

I play a Thormahlen Harp because it just seems to play itself and it reminds me of the reason I am a harpist. After studying pedal harp for more than 10 years, the Thormahlen Harp is my dream harp.
- Laura Zaerr, Oregon (with her Mahogany Swan below, Mahogany Cygnet, right, and her new Koa Swan Deluxe, lower right)

 

Just thought I'd let you know that I just finished four days of volunteering at the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, played every harp that I thought I would drool over and I didn't find one that I liked better than my Thormahlen walnut Concert Swan that I purchased in 2006! Just finished changing my first broken string - and my harp has been played countless hours practicing and many, many gigs.
Thanks again for this harp that I love....
-Judy Henry, Washington
If I consider myself a painter, there are some harps that give me only red, green, blue. Then there are harps that give me the sound of 7 colors. I have always found that the Thromahlens give me, as a player, the largest amount of tone color of any harp that is out there on the market. I get very versatile combinations of tone color. They are beautiful, well made instruments that are very dependable, which is what a professional player needs.
- Carl Johnson, Illinois

I have a maple nylon-strung Swan 36 and love it. It's the best lever harp I've ever played. Thanks for building such great harps!
- Jan Jennings, Florida

When Jan received a new Serenade, she said: "It's so adorable!"

The first time I saw a Thormahlen harp was at the Vermont ISFHC conference in 1993. I was seated at another exhibitor's booth when I looked across the room and saw the most beautiful and graceful harp that I had ever seen. Since then I've owned three Thormahlens-I can't resist them whenever I find them for sale! The sound of my Bubinga is so lovely and rich, and I also find that Thormahlens are the closest in feel to pedal harps. I absolutely recommend them without reservation.
- Kathy Chanik, Washington State (with a Bubinga Swan)

 

I received my Koa Swan yesterday - yippee! When I took the harp out of its case, I stood there speechless just admiring the beauty of the harp! I was in awe of the beautiful Koa wood, the Cedar soundboard veneer, and the gorgeous abalone inlay around the soundboard and down the T-brace. I tuned the harp so I could hear her sing. What a gorgeous tone! Every note just rang like a bell as I tuned the harp. When I played the harp, the tone and resonance was absolutely heavenly! I had to tend to some chores, but I kept peeking in the room where the harp was just to make sure that it was really there and was really mine! I am in awe of such beautiful craftsmanship, the precision and perfection of the abalone inlay, and the stunning tone. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! 
- Cynthy Johnson, Virginia (Cynthy's Koa Swan Deluxe)

You'll also see Cynthy with her Cherry Cygnet on the Cygnet endorsements page

 

My new Swan is more beautiful even than I expected! It's so delicate and ethereal. I've strummed a few strings and the tone is lovely. The harp arrived in perfect shape. Thank you for your fine work.
- Anne L., New York
(Anne's Koa Swan Deluxe)

See Anne get her new harp

I wanted to let you know how much I am loving my harp.  When deciding what harp to purchase I did a lot of research, played a lot of different harps, and also talked with a lot of different people. After having decided to purchase your Koa Swan, I must say that I am happier that I even expected to be. It is a breathtaking work of art, and more importantly it sounds and plays beautifully. I really appreciate your taking all the time with me that you did in helping to answer all my questions, and discuss with me all my possible options. You really did help guide me exactly to the harp I was hoping for.   

I love the way the gut strings feel and sound. They have a very rich full sound without any of the "twang" that I hear in most nylon strung harps. The feel is incredibly "smooth." I have no problem whatsoever playing for hours and hours without my fingers getting tired or worn out even in the slightest. I had only been playing the harp for about 6 months prior to the time when my Thormahlen harp arrived, but as soon as I started playing it, it was as if I suddenly had been given 6 free months of practice for nothing. I played clearer, faster, more accurately, and with a much more pure sound simply because your harp was so natural in my hands. It is a perfect fit.       

I had read some of your reviews stating that your harps tend to hold their pitch well. Here is what I found: after about two months of playing your harp every day (and not tuning it, because I am so lazy) I decided to tune both my harps so that my wife and I could play together. Even after two months there were only about 5 strings that even needed to be tuned at all (and I was using an electric tuner to verify it was in tune). Amazing if you ask me. Anyway, I cant say enough good things about the harp, and want to thank you again for all you did in order to get it to me. 
- Ryan and Kelly Melville, Texas
(pictured is Jae Morgon, who is Ryan and Kelly's son)

 

The Thormahlen harp produces a rich, mellow tone in the bass and mid-range and a bright, sparkling tone in the treble. If music be the food of love, then Dave's harps are triple-layer chocolate cake with fudge icing and no calories!
- Joanna Mell, Pennsylvania (with her Cherry Swan)

Hear Joanna Mell play a Thormahlen harp on this U-tube video.

I have a Thormahlen gut strung, staved-back harp that I LOVE! It's a WONDERFUL harp. I think they have the most beautiful even tone, it's really sweet. They're incredibly lightweight (yet sturdy), beautifully crafted and are all around GREAT harps. I can't recommend his harps highly enough.
- Deb Gessner, Arizona (with her husband Don in the Koa Swan harp jail)

What a harp! It has a beautiful shape, rounded with care and love.
I let my fingers run over the neck and it seems I'm touching a silky skin. It's lighter than my old harp. And the sound! So loud, so sparkling, so sweet. (Even better than on the phone). Also my tuner noticed it: the needle was precise and not oscillating. I'm really happy to have a harp like this. I'm eager to learn to play better and to make beautiful songs. I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart to let me have an instrument so enchanting.
- Marta Luchi, Italy (with her Koa Swan)

I have played on several Thormahlens, and the construction has been consistently of very high quality. Dave Thormahlen's instruments are truly professional. I don't know anyone who owns a Thormahlen who is not completely satisfied.
- Gary Showalter, Israel (with his Maple Swan)
Gary Showalter and Swan Thormahlen harp

I, like many others, am the happy owner of a Thormahlen Swan. It's Koa, with folk gut strings, and a sound I can only describe as "smoky." That's what really grabbed me - I had to have one. It stays in tune very well, even outside at the beach. It's lovely to look at (mine has a band of abalone around the soundbox that adds a little "twinkle") and the staved back is very comfortable. It actually fits in my Honda Civic 2 door.
- Cornelia Van Aken, California (with her new Koa Swan)

Last spring (2004), we decided to purchase a harp for our 10-year-old daughter Kathryn. After the saleswoman at the Virginia Harp Center played a number of different lever harps for us, we were struck by the rich, mellow, resonant sound of the walnut Thormahlen Swan, and also by it's beautiful workmanship and stunning wood grains. It is truly a work of art. Kathryn is enjoying her Thormahlen harp. Thus far she has ministered at a nursing home, her church and at her uncle's wedding. To hear the peaceful and soothing sound is truly a blessing.
- Lisa Blackhurst, Virginia (Kathryn with her Walnut Swan)

1996: When I first met Dave Thormahlen at the Vermont Harp Conference it was love at first sight (with the harps!) Compared to my other harps, it was like silk.
- Cynthia Lynn Douglass, Georgia, (with her Maple Swan)

2005: "When I first played on my new Swan, I felt like I'd come out of the desert and into an oasis of beauty, both in sound and in quality. While I have owned a few Thormahlen harps over the last 10 years, being without one for two years made me appreciate Dave's work even more. Never have I been moved to tears when hearing a new harp, but today was an exception. Thank you, Dave and Sharon, for your magnificent work."
- Cynthia Lynn Douglass, Alabama, (Cynthia has a new Cherry Swan)

Cynthia Douglas

I just wanted you to know that a few weeks ago, I tried one of your Swan harps, and I need to tell you that it is without doubt one of the nicest instruments I have ever experienced. I can only remember one other pedal harp that had the same effect on me. I sat down to play it and immediately it felt like an extension of me. I bought it on the spot for a friend who has a very keen ear and sense of beauty and she is truly in love with it. I extracted the promise that were she ever to sell it, I had first dibs. What a beautiful, responsive harp. Thank you.
- Stephanie Curcio, New Hampshire

My Mahogany Swan is indeed an exceptional harp. It projects a full warm even tone throughout its range. A most beautiful and graceful harp. A work of art. I highly recommend Thormahlen Harps! Buy one, you will love it!!
- Harriette Lanner, Placerville, CA
I just love my new Cherry Swan! Now that I have a 36 string harp I'm able to play so many more pieces. It's not that I couldn't play some notes an octave higher, but I did run into problems with the right and left hands running into each other. The sound is phenomenal!!!! And what a beautiful instrument. Thank you so much.
- Melinda Beckey, Minnesota
I just wanted to tell you that I am still in love with my 2 year old Koa Swan. I have received countless comments about its aesthetic beauty and the gorgeous tone. I have never needed to amplify it! Its voice rings out in wedding ceremonies, dinner parties etc. yet it can sing so equally beautifully when I need to play softly for hospice patients. The concert gut strings have such a warm and rich sound, and the mother-of-pearl inlay is always admired by anyone viewing the harp. Lovely, calming, soothing, enchanting are all words I routinely hear about my beautiful Swan. Thanks to you and your husband for creating such wonderful works of art!
- Janette Secrest, Georgia

The eveness of tone is astounding and it is so easy to play with a full range of dynamics. The woodworking is exquisite. It's a beautiful thing, indeed.
- Ellen Tepper, Pennsylvania (with 2 Swan Harps)

Ellen on U-tube with her Thormahlen Harp

I didn't realize how much I was struggling with my old harp until I got my new Koa Thormahlen Swan. I absolutely adore it! Playing is so easy, it's like falling off a log. My fingers don't hurt and my shoulders don't ache. And the sound is incredible. I feel like I'm cradling the Swan in my arms and the sound resonates through my body in a way my old harp never did. Thank you so much for building me my perfect harp!!!
- Kimberly Arledge, North Carolina (with her Koa Swan)

My harp arrived, and he is beautiful! I knew he would sound wonderful, but I wasn't prepared for how beautiful the wood work is. I appreciate your attention to detail and your high standards. The way you worked with the grain of the wood is masterful. The inlay work is perfect. I don't see or feel a flaw.
- Kilian Metcalf, Arizona

Kilian's Walnut Swan with pearl inlay. This photo will have to do until she sends me a photo of her.

I, too, fell in love with the Swan and had to have one! It is the most beautiful harp.....the craftmanship is outstanding...but it is the tone that sold me. Everything I play sounds lovely! In fact, I can't stop playing!!! The sound is addicting! Not only do I have a gorgeous harp, but I feel like I'm part of the Thormahlen family. Sharon was so accomodating and helpful playing harps made out of different woods...the mahagony gave me goose bumps every time! She was very patient and answered all of my questions.  I am also in love with Sharon's original compositions...I ordered all three books along with my harp and they are wonderful! Thank you for making my harp dreams come true!
- Lynne, Connecticut
(with a Mahogany Swan).

And by the way, Lynne is 5 feet tall and she has found the Swan to be "very comfortable and manageable to carry around."

I have been SO thrilled with my 36 string Thormahlen! The more so after my 1-yr. old granddaughter broke it, and I had to ship it back for repair. David Thormahlen is a genius! I cannot even tell WHERE it was broken now! But what I did not know when I bought the harp, was that I was also getting the music I have been looking for for years!  Sharon's music is not only unintimidating to learn and memorize but it is BEAUTIFUL! I like to say it is "simple" but NOT "simplistic"....her melodies are fascinating and just plain lovely!
- Peggy Glenn, North Carolina
(with her Zircote Swan)

I bought a beautiful Koa Swan a few months ago and have been having a wonderful time playing it. Our harp circle, the Rogue Valley Harpers, gave a performance at Ashland public library yesterday. There were five harps and a flute, and three of the harps were Swans. I played a few solo pieces including Gossamer Gate and The Confluence.
- Kathleen Page, Oregon (with her 2004 Koa Deluxe Swan with The Tree of Life pillar inlay).

Kathleen has a beautiful video of her and a native American flute player making music in the woods at Mill Creek

I have been playing on my Thormahlen Harp for several years. It has been pure joy everytime my fingers touch the strings! The sound is rich, full-bodied and simply angelic. Whether I play for audiences large or small, I receive many compliments how beautiful the sound of my harp...So very pure, like cascading water. It is a blessing to be touching people's lives and playing on a lovely Thormahlen Harp.
- Polly Roethe, Oregon (Polly with her maple Swan).
   I got the harp and WOW is it beautiful!! Thank you for such a gorgeous looking and gorgeous sounding harp. This harp is everything that I wanted and MORE! I've been having a blast with it. 
   I really love the Camac levers. They feel great when I'm rushing through a song and flailing for a lever.
   The carrying case is convenient too!  This harp has been all over with me this week. I took it out at the DHL station on Wednesday (they made me go pick it up instead of delivering it) and played it for the workers, I took it to my student day job in the dorms and played it for them, and I took it to Wisconsin and played for my mother's birthday and mother's day.
    I send a sincere thank you to you both again for making the decision process, the ordering process, and the detail choosing so easy. And I send another sincere thank you for making such an incredibly awesome harp.
- Janelle Janson, Illinois (with her Indigo stained Maple Swan)
 

What an extraordinary harp. I have a Thormahlen that I absolutely love. I can yank the strings hard when I need to, and they respond very easily to a light touch as well. Everywhere I have taken this harp people (harpists and non-harpists alike) have oohed and ahhed about the sound. I have also recorded with this harp and it held it's tuning great for some rather lengthy sessions. I'd sell my pedal harp before I'd part with mine. It is by far my favorite harp (my pedal harp is jealous!). I can't recommend the harp highly enough, it's Awesome!
- Andra Bohnet, Alabama

We just shipped a Cherry Cygnet to Andra to add to her harp collection.

I want to thank you one more time for my beautiful harp. Even when not playing, simply looking at my harp in the living room has provided a wonderful aesthetic calm for me. Everyone comments on what a beautiful instrument it is! Oh and thank you one more time for providing me with the method of removing paint from the finish after my cats knocked it over and against a wall. Sigh. They are VERY active cats and they are fascinated with the harps. For a while I had to keep towels stuffed into the openings in the soundboard because they wanted to climb in. When I play, they come and listen. It is adorable.
- Susan Spencer, Oregon

See Susan's Cat Cards at www.clawsandeffects.com

I am thrilled with the harp I bought from you...it looks BEAUTIFUL and sounds BEAUTIFUL! 
- Karen Croxton, New Mexico (Karen and Galadriel on right and one of Karen's drawings below which was featured on the cover of the Folk Harp Journal Fall 2006)
Our Thormahlen harp and Thormahlen guitar just keep sounding better and better! Everywhere we go people admire their beautiful sound and appearance. We both love having an instrument built by Dave.
- Ann and Don Jenkins, Washington (Both the harp and the guitar are made out of Koa wood.)

I purchased a Thormahlen Swan three years ago and have been madly in love with it ever since. Right now I'm practicing just about all day for a Christmas program using Sharon's Christmas Book "Tis the Season, and I wanted to tell the Thormahlens again just how much this harp still makes my soul sing! It is beautiful and has a deep, resonating tone that vibrates to my toes. Another amazing thing is how well it keeps in tune!! We live in a very dry climate, and the humdifier is going almost all the time. It varies between 31 and 40. But for some reason, in my house my Swan can go for literally weeks without needing any tuning at all. I check it frequently with the tuner because I can hardly believe this, but it's true.
- Vivian Stoppel, Idaho

In September of  2011, Vivian wrote this to us:
Hi Dave and Sharon,
Just a follow-up note almost eight years after buying my walnut Swan from you: What a lucky, lucky beginner I was to have stumbled upon your harps! Now after years of daily playing, I am even more grateful that I made such a great choice. The thrill renews itself every morning as I sit at my harp and feel again the soul-stirring magic.
Over the years I've had opportunity to test drive many, many harps. To my ears you make the best harps in the whole world! I include pedal harps in this. Even with their volume, I haven't heard one that equals the living, pulsing, rich tone of your harps. When a visitor to my home admires my beautiful Swan, I call it, none too modestly, the Lambourgini of the harp world!
Thanks once again for these fabulous instruments,
Vivian

Playing my new koa Swan harp has been a deep and poignant delight, for my mind and heart, and especially for my soul. Each note I pluck feels alive and resonant under my fingers. My new harp has an incredible dynamic range and sensitivity to my touch. The mellow depth of tone in the folk gut strings sings through my bones and body, creating a feeling of reverence and awe--I never knew my music could sound so moving and expressive.
In addition, this instrument is beautifully crafted. The harp's woods and design meld to demonstrate artistry at its finest, even down to the bear claw marks on the soundboard! Thank you for bringing such an amazing harp into my life.
- Jennifer Pratt-Walter, Oregon

Getting the Koa Swan was similar to being upgraded to First Class on a long-haul flight. The look and sound is supreme. It certainly ranks high in the folk harp global community. When I play for occasions, it receives compliments, especially on how good it sounds. My practice sessions are never the same--I can play for hours and still get going. I never get tired of it!
- Kay A, Philappines
Lindsey received her harp this afternoon. It is so very beautiful and the sound is amazing. I hope that you can see her joy in this picture. Through the years, I will be teaching her to pray for the hands that so tediously and with great care put this beautiful instrument together. Thank you for helping us to choose the right harp.
- Jillian Howell (and Lindsey)
Just letting you know she's here!! and she is drop dead gorgeous. I was so thrilled when I set eyes on her. She is perfect!!! I love the Camac levers and the feel of the strings. And the sound........... Not to mention (again) how pretty she is. (Writing about her Cherry Concert Gut Swan).
- Paula Caron, New Hampshire

From a few Pedal Harpists

The swan and I are just getting acquainted but the beauty of its sound is already apparent. I am very satisfied with  the concert gut strings. The levers are an entirely new area of endeavor, but their design is so clever I just might take a fancy to them somewhere in the process of learning how to manage them. I am already hooked on the lights.

In summation, you have another happy customer. Thank you so much for doing this very important work so splendidly. But I secretly wonder.....was this harp really made in a workshop, or did it tumble from a cloud when the angels weren't looking?
- Laura Ridley, Arizona

 
The harp arrived today - safe and sound! To say that I am pleased with the harp is a huge understatement - it is absolutely incredible! Not only is it gorgeous to look at, but it is without a doubt the best sounding lever harp I have ever played! It is exactly the sound and tension I like and the dynamic range is awesome. It is extremely rare that I get this excited about a harp right out of the box, and you know how picky I am. The more I have played it today, the better it keeps sounding. In fact, I have played it so much that my arms and fingers are positively sore, but in a good way. Thanks SO much for building this harp for me. I could not be more pleased with this harp. Thank you for creating such a beautiful instrument.
- Rhett Barnwell, Georgia
 

Thank you Dave&Sharon for my lovely harp! She's perfect in every way.... wonderful tone, balance through all ranges (very happy I chose the Koa wood) And, with the string tension of this harp, I can change to my pedal harp and back quite easily. The Camac levers are truly superior.
And, she is such a beautiful instrument...a piece of art! I'm enjoying all the patterns in the lovely Koa wood and the beauty of the inlay. I name my harps...she needed a Hawaiian name for her pretty Koa wood (: Her name is Leilani (heavenly flower). Thank you and Blessings,
- Karen Jensen, Florida

 
I am a pedal harpist and don't really have a need for a lever harp, but I played one in Melody's Traditional Music and Harp Shoppe in Houston and couldn't leave the store without it. You can't go wrong with a Thormahlen. They are wonderful. The tone is very full and warm and the harp is easy to carry. Buy one. You won't be sorry.
- Gretchen Williams, Texas
 
My new swan sounds so beautiful that I may never play my Lyon and Healy concert again! I love this sound. I really appreciated your video demonstration on how to open the box. You have thought of everything to make this idiot proof and that is so much appreciated you have no idea. Thanks again for such a beautiful new friend.
- Debra Jurgens, Illinois
 
I never met a Thormahlen I didn't like....
The quality is consistently the highest. Beautiful, even sound throughout the range, gorgeous woods, excellent craftsmanship, and the Camac levers are the best ever! I loved my first (maple) Swan, I absolutely adore my second (cherry) Swan and I can't wait to meet my Ceili!!
- Elizabeth Berry, Virginia
 
I was at Beginning in the Middle Harp Workshop and I sat down at a row of lever harps that included a variety of 8 harps from different prominent makers. I just sat down and played each one without looking at what I was playing. I got to one harp and it was like, oh! now this a beautiful sounding harp with perfect evenness in tone, what is it? Naturally, it was the Thormahlen. It was the best sounding harp there.
- Nina Bechtal, Florida
 
I've had my gorgeous new Cherry Swan home for one week now and I wanted to write and thank-you for being the creators of the harp of my dreams. It is so much more beautiful than I could ever have imagined and I just love everything about it. The beautiful tone, the exquisite workmanship and gorgeous inlay make me happy that I chose Thormahlen. Thormahlen Harps truly creates harp magic.
- Jeanette Rosewood, BC, Canada

 

I've been playing the new harp all day today, and it is growing by the minute! The attack of the stings has that celtic sound that I love so much, but as the strings vibrate, the depth and height of a grand concert harp emerges and the overtones actually increase in volume, yet the sound remains clean. I've never heard anything like it, it's quite magical, it's like a hybrid; the best of both worlds!
- Ann Borden, North Carolina

I am a primarily a pedal harpist and I purchased a new Swan a few months ago. I really like the Swan and find that it is just right for me, as I cannot overpull it and it fits me so well!!!!  And it's so beautiful! 
- Luanne O'Reilly, New Hampshire
 
I fell in love with the Swan at first sight but wasn't completely appreciative of it's beauty and the craftsmanship until about 5 months later. I love the tension. The volume is loud and the tone is beautiful. The whole harp vibrates. Thank you for making one of the most beautiful and graceful instruments and I hope that you continue blessing mankind with your talents.
- L. N., Texas
 
You can't go wrong with a Thormahlen. I've had mine 2 years, and I'd swear the tone is still getting richer. It stays in tune for weeks. It is sleek and well balanced. You're guaranteed to bond, as soon as you unzip the case.
- Linda L. Allgeier
 
I just want to tell you how very much I LOVE my new Koa harp!!!!   She sounds as beautiful as she looks, and the Camac levers are great! To play her is heaven and fills my heart with great joy. Thank you, Dave, for the making of this miracle, and thank you, Sharon, for helping give her voice and tuned perfection.
- Christina Fox, Oregon
 
The harp I purchased from you has been an absolute delight!! Such a lovely voice. Everyone at the harp circle crowds around it and wants to play it!! Thank you so much. I've enjoyed playing from the moment I bought it.
- Rebecca Hoffman, Washington
 
I wanted to thank you again for taking the time to talk to me about the different harps, and play them for me. I picked up a Walnut Swan from the Virginia Harp Center a couple of weeks ago. It has one of the most beautiful wood grains I've ever seen, folk gut strings, and a tone that just rings. I can't imagine any harp sounding more beautiful. I also got a copy of your book, A Rose in Winter. I've been playing with your song, Caterpillar on the Dill. I have dill growing in my front yard, and every summer the caterpillars come to feast. Usually I collect them along with the dill, and give them to my neighbors kids so they can see the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. I did this a couple of years ago with Luke, who was about 5 then. A few weeks after I gave Luke the caterpillar, I asked him how it was doing. He said (in a very serious voice) "Oh, he's doing fine." I then asked him if he'd named the caterpillar, and he said, (again in a very serious voice) "Yes, I did. His name is Louise." Well, I had tears running down my face I was laughing so hard at a caterpillar named Louise. But Louise turned into a butterfly and hung around Luke's garden for a couple of weeks. Ever since then, all of the caterpillars have been named some variation of Louise- Louis, Luigi, Louisa, Lou...
Thank you again for my beautiful harp,
- Laurie Roszell, New Jersey
 
I thought you two would appreciate knowing that Kerry's Swan, which was donated to her through the Starlight "Make a Wish" Children's Foundation is dearly loved. It remains a major motivator in Kerry's life, and retains the Place of Honor in our home. You also sent Kerry a book of music you wrote called A Rose In Winter. She wasn't able to play for a long time, but started again a few months ago. She's been learning After The Garden Is Planted and we wanted to let you know that it is the most beautiful piece I've heard her play! We both just love it! Congratulations, and know that you two remain in our hearts!
- Candy Sandford, Florida
 
I play my maple Thormahlen Swan at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth and I just can't count the number of patrons who have stopped to admire the craftsmanship and the sound quality it produces. The sound reaches the entire museum without amplification. It's beautiful.
- Katherine Hall, Texas
 

My beautiful harp arrived yesterday. What a gift you have to be able to create an instrument that not only looks beautiful but sounds beautiful too. I even enjoyed tuning it. :-) The inlay is so lovely and so perfectly done. I hope you have some idea of the joy you bring to others lives by the work of your hands. This is my forever harp and hopefully at least one of my grandchildren will play and then one of their children and so on. I can't thank you enough...my Swan is just perfect in every way!
- Judith Rathbone, Georgia

 
I am over the moon with my new Koa Swan.
- Elora Alden, California
 

The harp is beautiful and Gina is ecstatic.
I tuned up the harp and thought definitely a bit nicer than the old harp. But today I brought the Swan up to tune, and, wow, she's really starting to have a different voice than when she arrived. All this resonance is developing, and these gorgeous undertones.

Again, thank you so much for all your efforts. I’m sure I wasn't the easiest customer, knowing how I dither even over small purchases. You were so kind, informative and supportive during the decision-making. And patient. Let's not forget patient. ;) I so appreciate all the time you spent answering questions - sometimes the same question more than once, helping us make choices among the various options, posting photos so Gina could pick out her wood. You can't beat customer service like that. Thormahlen is special.
- Micheal Bledsoe, California

 

Just wanted you to know that the harp arrived safe and sound yesterday. Yellow Freight took really good care of it.

The Swan is absolutely breathtaking. Its voice suits my personality/playstyle perfectly. I had heard that Thormahlen Harps were the best sounding, highest quality harps out there, and I wasn't disappointed. I love the figured cherry wood, and the light finish on the whole harp. It really showcases the beauty of the harp design and woods. But most importantly, the sound blows me away. It has such a warm, deep, and rich voice. I bet it could stand next to any factory-made pedal harp in sound! The clarity and resonance of each note is wonderful. Thank you for giving me exactly what I wanted!
- Lori Ringley, A very happy customer from Virginia

 

I have three words for you: OH MY GOD!!!! I received my harp this afternoon and was overcome with joy when I got to finally open the case! She is absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE the wood tone, the inlays the levers and the base…, everything about it! Thank you so much to both of you! Dave, you are a true artist and I so much appreciate all the details on this harp. You truly are a master craftsman and I feel very blessed to now own one of your magnificent pieces of art! And Sharon, thanks for all your patience and guidance during this process. I’ve had quite a few anxieties along the way and really appreciated your calm and professional way of addressing them!
- Michaela Bravemen, California

 
My Walnut Swan arrived yesterday. It looks absolutely gorgeous!!! The pink rose inlay is soooo beautiful!!! I love it !!! I am going to mount a big mirror in front of the harp, so that I can admire it from every angle. It gives me so much pleasure looking at it and of course playing it too. Wish I could go home now and play...!
- Mona Johnson, Illinois and now Germany
 
The more different harps I play, the more I love my Swan! It really is exactly what I wanted, so thank you!
- Kailee Price, Vancouver BC
 
I am now on my third Swan, and have owned several Serenades as well. I had been through a period of playing mostly pedal harp, and doing concerts and workshops all over the country, but I decided last Fall to return to my "lever harp roots". I have literally tried nearly all brands of available lever harps made in this country and Europe, having worked at a Harp Center for 4 years I had always loved the sound and workmanship of Thormahlen harps, and my experience with other lever harps has proved to me that Thormahlens are indeed the best! I vowed I would never buy another harp without trying it first, but I went ahead and placed an order for a mahogany Swan harp with concert gut strings in November of last year. My new harp arrived last week and it is incredible! I think it is the best Thormahlen I've ever played, and definitely superior to any other lever harp. I am very happy to have such a fantastic sounding instrument at my disposal. I can't wait to use it for upcoming concerts, recordings, and workshops!
-Rhett Barnwell, Seraphim Music, Georgia
 

My harp arrived and I'm now formally an extended member of the Thormahlen family. Your labor of love is gorgeous with a beautiful voice. Dave you are quite the artisan. I love the way you match your wood pieces. The markings in the wood give the harp character, dimension and overall beauty. Thank you for making such a beautiful quality instrument. Keep well and keep making those beauties. Wishing you both blessings. Shavua Tov!
-Jean Chicoine-Florida

 
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