Many harp players are drawn to the idea of light-weight harps, but some have objections to the sound of man-made synthetic materials, as compared to the natural resonance of traditional wood harps.
It is not our place to judge what a harp player may like regarding sound, but we do have a compromise solution which works quite well for those who would like to retain the advantages of both worlds. That is, the great sound and warm resonance of wood, combined with the light weight of carbon fiber, polycarbon or other synthetic materials.
More than half of the weight of any harp is contained in the harmonic arm and pillar structure. The weight of this portion of the harp can basically be cut in half by use of man-made materials. If the remaining portion of the harp is then constructed of wood, the sound quality is retained, but the overall weight of the harp is reduced by 25 to 30%. The cost, though more than a comparative harp of wood construction, is still considerably less than that required to produce a harp totally of polycarbon materials.
Some may not like the necessity of having a harp that requires some part of the finish to be painted, but on the other hand, since this must be done, the sound box can be made with one of the great acoustic woods, such as spruce, western cedar or even common pine, butternut or poplar.
Such species have long been used to produce the best sound resonance for musical instruments, and the very light density of these woods also promotes additional weight reduction. In this regard, some of the traditional harps of ancient times used bog pine for the back of the harp, which was actually referred to as the sound board. So all things considered, our hybrid harp is a winning combination of light-weight harp and natural wood sound.
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