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This approach can also work with a small harp that is rested in the lap, where the highest part of the harp comes below the player’s chin. I have received may compliments from other harpists, even pedal harpists, about my Marini harps. With his wife Pam they have become internationally acclaimed as the performing duo Magical Strings since 1980, and continue to tour, teach, and build instruments for a nationwide clientele.

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The range is 1st Octave A to 6th Octave C. Bunting: A General Collection of Ancient Irish Music (London and Dublin, 1796/r1969) S. Little by little we have purchased all the machinery necessary for production. Over time, harps have evolved into hundreds of styles, shapes, and sizes. The vibration of strings echoes in the sound box and makes the sound. It was held upright with parallel arms.� The Kinnor Lyre Harp was used throughout the temple services until the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE by the Roman forces of Titus.

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A friend of mine was having problems with the action on their guitar, so I made the adjustments myself. It's 30" long to fit into a sash window in the customer's home. I have been servicing harps since 1995, both at the Lyon & Healy workshop in Chicago and as an independent technician. Soundboard: AAA grade Canadian Engelmann Spruce, or solid AAA Western Red Cedar. Flicking levers up and down will change a note from natural to sharp or flat.

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Height of the soundbox is 125 cm (50") and weight of the harp is of about 6 kg. (12 pounds). The neck was thin and of an even thickness, its harmonic curve was of a single gentle curve type, providing a rather flat plucking line. On Celtic Harps, the tension is carried off to one side of the neck.� Structurally, the builder has to anticipate these loads and brace the neck in a way that will counteract the torquing effect.� This torquing effect can be calculated in foot lbs, i.e. 900 ft-lbs located �� away from the surface of the neck: 75 foot-pounds may not seem like a lot, but remember the lesson from frailties - wood tries to �run away� from it loads over time.� The strain of the torquing effect is counteracted by its attachment to the pillar and the top of the sound box.� At the top of the sound box, most harps have an extra block of wood glued onto the side of the neck with the strings on it.�� This shoulder block is a design elements which helps keep the neck from tipping over.� Many harp builders and plans specify doweling to keep the shoulder block from shearing off the neck under the sustained load.� The other design element that counteracts the offset torquing effect of the strings is neck�s attachment to the pillar.� Traditionally, this joint was a mortise and tennon joint.� More modern approaches use �� to �� dowels or a simple half lap joint.� �Each has its own advantages and drawbacks: Can be left dry, allowing easing later disassembly and repairs.

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Just call or email and let us know what kind of string you need (Concert Gut, Lever gut, nylon, or Fluorocarbon, the string # and string name. On electric instruments, this technique generates multitone sounds reminiscent of a clock or bell. They're pricey, but of extremely high quality. Others accordions are unisonoric and produce the same pitch regardless of the direction of bellows movement. The guitar is an ancient and noble instrument, whose history can be traced back over 4000 years.

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It has 3 octaves with one octave below Middle C. The Lute-harp would allow a more subtle interpretation of this music, and in fact, would give a complete new life to this music. Because a Salvi harp has value and because it fulfills your dreams. For one thing, they are expensive: about $8 - $13 per treble string, and wound over gut bass strings are about $20 each. THE WIRE BRANCH WILL CONTINUE TO USE ITS FACEBOOK PAGE AND THE MAIN CLARSACH SOCIETY WEBSITE.

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More than 1/8 inch means there will be some base frame repair in the future. A beefed-up X-brace proved equal to the job, and quickly became the industry standard for the flat-top steel string guitar. Geoff, an expert harp-maker, lives at Copmanhurst near Grafton in eastern Australia where he makes hand made Celtic harps, and holds harp making workshops. The Sylvia Woods book also has accompanying audio and video tapes available. And because we hand-craft every Stoney End harp in our workshop, we can customize your harp per your request.

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Our customers come from every part of the musical spectrum but we’re particularly proud to be associated with some of the world’s most accomplished performers. In use, the sash is lowered onto the cover, forcing all the draught across the strings. We offer two different types of carrying cases, the lightly padded cases for the Classic Black harps, and fully padded cases for the painted carbon harps. Our harps come in all sizes, from a 15-string lap harp to a 36-string large harp.

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Nor were the clergy backward in this respect since there are entries of the Bishop of Ross' harper (1502), the Bishop of Caithness' harper (1503), and his lutar (1502), the Bishop of Moray's lutar (1505), who also had a tabronar (1506), and the "Ald Prior of Quhitherne's" clarsair (1507). I hope this has helped to get you on your way to tying harp strings. The main characteristic of the Lute-harp was that it was strung with wire (steel) and that this feature according to its designer was meant to provide an alternative to other string instruments such as the harpsichord and the spinet.

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As Pirastro’s range of strings is very comprehensive, use the string finder to narrow down your choice by selecting your instrument and the core material that you prefer and click on “search”. Every day, I am grateful for the privilege of touching people’s lives with grace through the instruments I build. It is possible to tune them in the same circle of fifths pattern as the basic open strings, as was occasionally done in former days, but most players consider the chromatic form to be more convenient.

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