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Deciding on the wood and harp model:
If you've gotten this far, you have probably already seen the models page, so you know something about our harps. Some of the things for you to think about in ordering your harp are the amount you would like to spend, and the shape, style, and sound of the harp you would like. You can cruise through the pages on wood to find out more about the variety of woods we use and their qualities, and you can call us to discuss the options. Please don't feel like you have to figure this out on your own. We are totally willing to spend time with you on the phone to help you make these decisions. After you read through this page, just to get some ideas of options, please do call us with any questions you have. We'd love to talk to you. (541) 753-4334

(You can call us even before you read through this page!)

Overview of harp options:

Specifications include the following:

1. Choosing the wood we use to make your harp.  We can send email pictures of specific samples of wood. Wood choices for the body of the harp only applies to the Swan, Cygnet, and Clare. The Ceili and Serenade are built out of okume mahogany and you can choose a stain color and also different woods for trim.

2. Deciding on the kind of strings you want on your harp. Choices include: fluorocarbon, folk harp lever gut, or nylon strings and concert gut is also available only for Swan, Cygnet, or Clare.

3. Choosing any inlay that you might like on the pillar or around the soundboard. There are limited inlays that can be used for a harp that has been stained.

4. Additional options for Serenades or Ceilis: You can choose a Stain color,, Semi Staved or Flatback, Binding or Basic

Details of your harp:

The options below pertain to the Swan, Cygnet, and Clare harps except for the section on the Feet which would pertain to all of our harps.

After figuring out what harp model you have decided on and the kind of wood that you want, here are a few additional options that you might like to choose.

Soundboard veneer (option for Swans, Cygnets, and Clares only)
On the left is the light spruce veneer and on the right is dark cedar veneer. This is strictly cosmetic. The veneer doesn't affect the sound of the harp significantly. We sometimes have light cedar veneer. There is no extra charge for any of these options.

Soundboard String Rib (option for Swans, Cygnets, and Clares only)
Above you will see the 4 combinations of soundboards and string ribs. From left to right: Spruce with a maple string rib, Spruce with a Rosewood string rib, Cedar with a maple string rib and Cedar with a Rosewood string rib. Basically you are choosing whether you want a contrasting string rib or not. No extra charge on either of these options. Below is the blond string rib on the left and the dark string rib on the right, both on spruce veneer soundboards.


The photo below shows a Koa Deluxe with Koa veneer. This is $500 extra.

This harp also shows the soundboard inlay. $1000


The Feet
The Swan comes standard with 4 1/2" feet. If you are under 5'5" then perhaps the feet height is worth talking about on the Swans. Depending on whether you are tall in the legs or tall in the body, you might want the shorter feet. If your legs are tall, then choose the shorter feet, if your torso is tall, then keep the standard taller feet.

Cygnet, Clare, Serenade, and Ceili:
The feet on these 4 harps come with feet that are about 2" high. I am 5'4" and use these shorter feet. If you are over 5'5" then perhaps you might want the taller feet. Again, knowing if you are tall in the legs or tall in the body, will help you decide. If your legs are tall, then choose the standard shorter feet, if your torso is tall, then you might want the taller feet. The tall feet on these harps are $200 extra. The harp with the tall feet does not fit in the standard case so you get a Swan case for your harp. Please go to our Tall Feet webpage for more info and more pictures.

Neck (option for Swans, Cygnets, and Clares only)
If your harp is going to be maple or cherry, we would leave the neck natural, as shown in the photo of the maple Cygnet on the right. If you are getting koa, mahogany, or walnut you might like to look at the 2 options below. The 3 photos on the left show the maple piano pin block has been stained to match the harp wood. On the right, the 3 photos show it left natural. Again, no extra charge on either of these options.



Some other options to think about:

Do you want any inlay? Check out our inlay options page for some beautiful abalone inlay for your harp. From small inlays of herons, roses, or celtic knots to more elaborate vine inlays, the possibilities are numerous. Let us know if you see something you'd like on your harp.

Do you need a tuner? If this is your first instrument, you probably don't have one of these, and you will most definitely need one to keep your harp in tune. See the tuning your harp page for tuner options.

Have you thought about getting an extra set of strings? It's really a good idea because if you break a string and don't have a replacement, the fun's over. Sometimes (most often) strings will break when you're not even playing, like in the middle of the night. (See our string tying page.)

We have had some requests for cloth harp covers. Here is a link for some very nice ones made by sisters Julianne and Coralie. 

Harp Couture



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