Celtic harp, folk harp and lever harp are the terms most commonly used to describe the style of harp that we make. While the first two are certainly accurate descriptions, they can imply that these harps are meant for folk music alone, when in fact we have heard everything from the traditional Celtic repertoire to music from other folk traditions, classical, jazz, pop, original compositions and therapy music played on our harps. Calling them lever harps also helps to differentiate these from the larger pedal harps that you see played in orchestras. With a lever harp, key changes are made by flipping the sharping levers that are at the top of each string, whereas with a pedal harp, key changes are actuated by foot pedals - often a necessary function in orchestral playing. Because they are larger and have a more complicated mechanism, pedal harps tend to be a good deal heavier and more expensive than lever harps.
Once in a while, we come across unusually beautiful pieces of wood and we just can't resist making them into instruments. This particular FH34 is one of a special pair of harps built out of gorgeous red curly maple with koa accents, and can't be found on our regular price list.
The combination of the highly figured curly maple and the warm, sunset colors of the koa is truly stunning, and there is also a decorative Celtic knot inlaid in maple on the front of the pillar. The tone of the curly maple has some of the brightness and crispness of our standard Eastern hard maple, but with a slightly warmer and more complex undertone.
The harp includes a full set of Camac levers, gut strings, the Dusty Harp Pickup and a deluxe padded case with shoulder strap and multiple pockets.