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Harp

Es: Arpa, Fr: Harpe,  De:  Harfe, Harpe, Br: Telenn, Ca: Arpa, Cs: Harfa, Da: Harpe, Eo: Harpo, Eu: Harpa, Fi: Harppu, Gl: Arpa, Hu: Hárfa, It: Arpa, Nl: Harp, No: Harpe, Pl: Harfa, Pt: Harpa, Sv: Harpa, Tr: Arp
     
  King David playing the harp. Stained glass by P. von Andlau - late 15th century. Wurtemburg museum at Stuttgart  
  King David playing the harp. Stained glass by P. von Andlau - late 15th century. Wurtemburg museum at Stuttgart  

The harp is one of the most ancient types of stringed instruments. It was important in pre-Christian cultures and still survives today in many forms all over the world.

In the Middle Ages strings were made from twisted animal gut (usually from sheep), although horse hair and even silk were used as well. From the 9th century onwards gut strung harps were used right across Europe from Wales and Scotland to Italy and Hungary. The early wire strung clarsach first appeared during the 10th-12th centuries and became the principal stringed instrument of Ireland and Scotland.

Since tuning was diatonic, only one mode could be used at a time.

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RWC Harp

  RWC Minster Lovell Harp Kit  
  RWC Minster Lovell Harp Kit  

The Renaissance Workshop Company lap harps draw its inspiration from historical sources but essentially they have been designed for quality of tone, ease of playing and ease of construction.

There are two versions of harps with 22 and 17 strings respectively, each one of them in several versions.

Minster Lovell is a village about 4.0 km west of Witney in Oxfordshire (UK) and is home to the historic ruins of Minster Lovell Hall. It gives name to a lap harp with features taken from several historic sources, designed for ease of playing with or without semitone keys.

In our Diatonic 'Minster Lovell' Harp, the pillar is steamed and bent from solid beech and the harmonic curve is cut from a matching piece. Specially selected lime is used to make up the rectangular soundbox.

The harp is fitted with traditional tuning pins and 22 gut strings tuned diatonically G - a'' making it suitable for most early music.

Included as standard are a spare set of top strings and a tuning lever.

Our Chromatic 'Minster Lovell' Harp has the same quality materials and design but is fitted with traditional brass 'flag' action semitone levers. It is tuned G - a'' suitable for most early music and with the addition of the semitone levers can quickly be changed to any key.

The 'Weekender' Harp is a medieval style lap harp of 17 strings with a range a little over 2 octaves a - c''. You can choose nylon or gut strings.

Each instrument is entirely hand built by 'in-house' experienced craftsmen to special order in our own workshops in Toledo (Spain) to the highest standard of craftsmanship. They come with 12 months warranty and 12 months free access to our 'helpline' for advice on setting up, playing and maintenance.

A padded case is available as an optional extra if required.

 

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Harp Kit

  WC Lap Harp Kit  
  RWC Lap Harp Kit  

The same instruments are offered in kit form for home assembly.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use and 12 months free access to our 'helpline' for advice on construction, setting up, playing and maintenance.

To ensure success, even for the first time builder, each kit includes:
A fully dimensioned life-size drawing and working template,
A manual with clear and concise step-by-step full assembly instructions.
A set of photographs illustrating further each stage.

Construction of our 'Minster Lovell' Harp is straightforward and we can recommend the kit for anyone wishing to build a traditional harp for the first time.

The pillar is supplied pre-bent from solid beech and the harmonic curve is cut to match. Selected lime is supplied thicknessed and cut to size for the simple rectangular soundbox.

A tuning lever, 22 traditional style tuning pins and a set of gut strings complete the kit.

The Semitone Keys Kit is supplementary to the 'Minster Lovell' harp kit and contains 22 'flag' style semitone levers in die cast brass, a hole template and fitting instructions. It is easier to fit the semitone levers during the initial construction of the instrument rather than after the tuning pins and strings have been fitted.

The 'Weekender' Harp kit is one of a range 'Weekender' kits which have been designed for ease of assembly, practicality and economy. They are enjoyable to build and can be finished, as the name implies, in a weekend or two. All the parts supplied are cut to size from English sycamore, beech or laminated birch, ready for final assembly. You can choose nylon or gut strings.

 

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Harp Technical Plan

  WC Lap Harp Kit  
  RWC Lap Harp Kit  

You can make the same Harp from scratch, following detailed step-by-step instructions through the construction process in a clear and concise manner.

A fully dimensioned life-size drawing with templates and a set of photographs illustrate each stage.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use and 12 months free access to our 'helpline' for advice on construction, setting up, playing and maintenance.

This icon indicates that you can choose between the hard copy of the documents sent by postal mail, or the downloadable electronic files, in pdf format to your computer. In order to view and print the pdf files, you need the free 'Acrobat Reader' program installed in your computer. Life-size drawings require large printers. Electronic documents have a reduced price, don't have shipping costs, but are non-refundable.

 

 

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Harp Availability and delivery time

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We publish standard availability, which means that this product usually ships in that time since it has been ordered. But at the specific time of your order, that interval can be longer or smaller depending on many production factors.  In addition, you still will have to wait for your product to arrive (delivery time). [More info about availability & delivery dates]

  Finished Instrument   Three months  
  Kit   Three weeks  
  Drawing   Three days  
 

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  Harp - Minster Lovell
  Finished Instrument                
    Harp - Minster Lovell, without semitone keys   FHAML   Finished   554.85  RWC  
    Harp - Minster Lovell, with semitone keys   FHAMLS   Finished   638.26  RWC  
  Kit + drawing + instructions + license                
    Harp - Minster Lovell, without semitone keys   KHAML   Kit   267.19  RWC  
    Semitone keys for Minster Lovell Harp   KHAMLS   Kit   71.45  RWC  
  Drawing + instructions + license                
    Harp - Minster Lovell, without semitone keys   PHAML   Plan   37.15  RWC  
    Harp - Minster Lovell, with semitone keys   PHAMLS   Plan   57.83  RWC  
  Accessories and Spares                
                   
  Medieval Lap Harp (Weekender series)
  Finished Instrument                
    Medieval Lap Harp - 17 nylon strings G-b - plywood (Weekender series)   FWHAN   Finished   287.62  RWC  
    Medieval Lap Harp - 17 nylon strings G-b - solid timber (Weekender series)   FWHANS   Finished   319.96  RWC  
    Medieval Lap Harp - 17 gut strings G-b - plywood (Weekender series)   FWHAG   Finished   348.89  RWC  
    Medieval Lap Harp - 17 gut strings G-b - solid timber (Weekender series)   FWHAGS   Finished   379.53  RWC  
  Kit + drawing + instructions + license                
    Medieval Lap Harp - 17 nylon strings G-b - plywood (Weekender series)   KWHAN   Kit   100.38  RWC  
    Medieval Lap Harp - 17 nylon strings G-b - solid timber (Weekender series)   KWHANS   Kit   129.32  RWC  
    Medieval Lap Harp - 17 gut strings G-b - plywood (Weekender series)   KWHAG   Kit   149.74  RWC  
    Medieval Lap Harp - 17 gut strings G-b - solid timber (Weekender series)   KWHAGS   Kit   178.68  RWC  
  Drawing + instructions + license                
    Medieval Lap Harp - 17 gut strings G-b   PWHA   Plan   27.48  RWC  
  Accessories and Spares                
                   

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