Congratulations, this is a fantastic looking project. Such craftsmanship too. :)
Well, this isn't the first harp I've built. Before this one, I had built a smaller 26 string harp also with plans from John Kovac, but not from the book. I learned a lot from that. Then, once I found the book, I thought I should try a challenge so I built the 36 string to take it to the next level.
Beautiful, clean design. Good work!
Thanks! This cost somewhere around $600 to make, but that's including the tools I had to buy. Someone will a more full shop could do it for $400, which is still significantly less than the $2000 you would have to pay to buy a manufactured one :)
Thank you so much! For wood, I used pine sides and birch plywood. In general, a lighter wood gives a better sound, although it makes the instrument structurally weaker. John Kovac uses Cedar for his harps. As for the finish, I used brush-on lacquer, but you're right, finish does dampen the sound. Next time I would choose something thinner and lighter, like maybe shellac or spraying lacquer.
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