​​ CUSTOM HARPS    ​​ ​​
We can design and construct the harp you've always wanted. That's an invitation for you to simply let me know what you want.  I can estimate what it will look like, when you can have it, and how much it will cost. 

You can truly customize these - choose the woods, strings, spacing, tension, range, scale, decoration, carving, gilding, levers - absolutely anything - as long as it works with the basic design. I'll help you with that. 

It's my job to assure that you are pleasantly surprised with what you can afford and that you'll have an heirloom harp you can enjoy playing for as long as you wish - it is warranted for as long as you own it!

​​Obviously, we can't communicate something this important through a series of webstore dropdowns and radio buttons. Please, review the topics below; click on the links (underlined headings) and do some brainstorming OR just go to the CONTACT  page and tell me what you want. Send me pictures or a sketch; that's a great place to start.  ​​

We'll put our heads together and develop a simple specification so I can give you an estimate.  When you decide to proceed, we'll get a little more detailed with the "what's it going to look like, how much will it cost, and when can I have it".  We share the responsibility throughout your project with regular communication.  This keeps me on track and accountable for giving you exactly what you want when you want it.

You will receive the complete design package along with your harp.  This includes a string chart with the type, size, vibrating length, and tension for each string.  All of the calculations for structure, resonator and sound hole sizing are also included so you'll know your harp inside and out. We will also provide you with the construction log and pictures. 


Beginning your harp project can be an exciting yet confounding time and you'll be busy with thoughts of what you want it to look like, designs, how big it is; lots to think about.    The following topics have links to detailed design considerations that should help you walk through the process and give you a lot more to think about.

So visit the links, get some ideas. Collect pics of harps you like.  You might like the pillar design on one and the back on another and the neck on yet another.  Keep the ideas you like in a harp and then go to the  CONTACT  page and let me know what you like. I'll  put them all together and give you a concept.  I think you'll be amazed at what we can do together!

Your harp can have almost any shape with the only constraints being the length of the strings and the size of the arm, pillar, and resonator (sound box) required to hold it all together.  Other considerations include your choice of the resonator shape.  General shapes are squared, rounded, staved, or curved.  There are arguments for each and you'll get to see them all.

However, it all starts with what range of notes you want to play in.  Not necessarily the keys you need, just the scale. Take a look at the range comparisons of various harps to get an idea about the range of  notes you want. 
Knowing the range and the 'pluck' (how tight the strings feel) we can choose strings that can accommodate.  this will give us a general size of your harp and allow us to choose woods that can hold that tension.


With all of this information, we can choose the woods you like.  Appearance is important but must be balanced with strength and tone quality.  Different woods vary in weight, timbre (sound carrying ability) and strength so you'll need strong woods for the arm, pillar, and resonator while you'll want a softer wood for the soundboard.  

The exotic woods are pretty, but generally, the darker the heavier so if transportability is critical, this is a good time to think it through.

When your harp is assembled, you'll be concerned with tuning. Most harps are tuned diatonically in C major so you'll need to retune to play in other keys unless you have sharping levers.  The Harp Tuning page has a chart of various tunings; Wikipedia shows over fifty...

​ By adding levers, you can have a range of keys.  The Harp Levers page has a chart of which keys are available with levers on which strings.   There are lots of levers available by different manufacturers and we choose to install Camac or Rees on our Stock Harps.  We can provide levers of your choice on your harp.  

You have so much from which to choose!  You may want to express yourself by personalizing, as well as customizing, your harp.  We can decorate your harp with custom carvings, pyrography, painting, inlays, decals, veneers, almost anything that lets you be you!

You'll want to protect your fine wood with a durable but maintainable finish.  We choose to apply natural shellac to our Stock Harps and we do it 'old school'.  It's applied with a centuries old method of hand rubbing called 'French Polish'.  We know it'll hold up and is easy to repair if things go beyond normal wear and tear.

Gig bags, straps, pickups, amplifiers, wheels, spare strings, and harp lights are among the items with which you can accessorize.  We do offer casters for floor harps and stands for smaller harps.  Just ask!

​Harps I build are warranted for as long as you own them and that extends even to some parts.  E.g., a lever manufacturer warrantees their levers for 3 years - if it's installed on a VAVRA Harp, it's warranted for as long as you own it.