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.
This is totally unique. Made of gorgeous mismatched parts that have lost their mates, it is essentially an FH34 with a mostly cherry body, a bubinga neck and maple accents. If you think this might be the harp of your dreams, give us a call! Case, removable stand and custom tuning wrench included.
We make our harps using sets of matching parts, often all cut out of the same board. Sometimes, a flaw will appear in one of the parts and it can't be used, which leaves an incomplete set of perfectly good but unmatched "orphaned" parts. These parts used to sit around for years waiting for their perfect match to show up, but recently we have begun making them into one-of-a-kind orphan harps. Like a patchwork quilt, each one is different and the pieces don't match. Every orphan harp has its own unique style and voice.