Our FH harps offer you a choice of several fine hardwoods, and for most people, the decision is based on a combination of factors. The differences in price are related to the availability and cost of each wood type as well as the ease or difficulty of working with it. Our harps show the natural color and grain of the wood through a clear lacquer finish without any stain, and the visual aesthetic of the wood is often an important consideration. Also, each species of wood lends a subtly different character to the harp's tone, which is a difficult and amorphous thing to try to describe in words. Walnut, maple and bubinga are simplest to distinguish. Figured cherry and sapele seem to blend the tonal characteristics of the other woods, making them more difficult to differentiate verbally. We've done our best to give you a general overview of the tonal qualities of the different woods:
Walnut—soft, warm, mellow, and intimate
Maple—crisp and clean, very bright, focused and articulate
Bubinga—deep and full bodied, with an authoritative bass and bell-like treble and mid range
Sapele—bright and clean, with a balance of warmth and depth
Figured Cherry—both deep and bright, with a strong but very smooth voice
This 26-string 3½-octave harp has a sweet and surprisingly strong voice, with the added resonance that comes from all solid wood construction. The FH26 can serve as a full-voiced beginner's harp or a high-quality portable harp for the established player. A child can set the FH26 on the floor and play comfortably while seated in a small chair.
Our top-of-the-line 26-string harp, the FH26 features tasteful fine woodworking details such as a book-matched soundboard and binding and purfling around the edges. It comes complete with a deluxe CD26 case, a full set of Loveland sharping levers (Camac levers are optional), a custom tuning wrench and four beautifully shaped, removable matching legs.
Figured cherry or bubinga: $2675
Levers: full set of Loveland levers. Camac levers available.
Note: the weight can vary by up to 2 pounds, depending on the density of each piece of wood.
"This is my 22nd harp! Bubinga -- this harp is absolutely amazing for its sound quality in relationship to its size."
-Sue Carole DeVale (Glendale, California)
"We are very happy with the craftsmanship, tone quality, and portability of this instrument."
-Art Leiby (Bellmawr, New Jersey)
"My deepest and heartfelt thanks to all of you for creating one of the most beautiful harps (in both sight and sound) that I've ever played. For those times that I can't play my gorgeous Dusty 36S, this 26 gives me everything I could hope for in a smaller harp. I was blown away by the big, rich voice — and even more amazed hearing the new internal pickups when amplified. Even though I would lean toward playing a large 36 for a main stage performance, I had a feeling that this harp could hold its own even for that type of event — and I was right! After [I play], the sound guys are always first to rush up and find out what I’m using to get such great sound. These guys are the ones that know and give the system the highest of marks. Thank you again for making quality your priority. It shows in every aspect of my beautiful harp."
-Jeannie Page (Albuquerque, New Mexico)