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
The FH34, our compact 4¾-octave, all solid wood harp delivers brightness, depth and clarity, and has a great playing range. This harp will satisfy both the professional and the beginner with its resonance and power, and will please the most discerning eye with a tasteful display of fine woodworking.
This harp is the same overall size as its well-loved 32-string predecessor, but now goes down to the low C in the bass. For playing comfort, we've added facets on the upper corners of the back. This "hybrid-stave" design provides the ergonomic benefits of our popular 36-string stave back harp at a portion of the cost.
To keep the carrying size down, the FH34 includes an innovative stand that has removable feet and nestles into the base of the harp, attaching in seconds with the twist of a knob and without needing to turn the harp upside down. (See video of stand assembly.) For those who like a lower height, the harp balances beautifully on the ground without the stand. This harp is an ideal combination of solid-wood performance, range and portability.
The FH34 includes the stand, a full set of Loveland sharping levers, a custom tuning wrench and a deluxe case.
Figured cherry or bubinga*: $5475
*Due to export regulations, bubinga is available within the U.S. only.
Celtic knot inlaid in abalone on the pillar
Abalone inlay around the soundboard
Bird's-eye maple soundboard veneer
Koa soundboard veneer (maple harps only)
Camac sharping levers
The Dusty Harp Pickup installed
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 harp is like a whole orchestra!"
-Iris Nevins, trying out an FH34 in cherry at the Somerset Harp Conference