Several of us are away at the Somerset Folk Harp Festival, and we may not be able to respond to emails and phone calls as quickly as usual. Thank you for your patience!
We are excited to announce that we have some new harp recordings up on our website! You can now hear all of our FH harps in figured cherry, as well as the FH34 in maple and our new Boulevard Classic 34. It's not a quick and easy process for us to record a new harp, especially because we take extra steps to keep our recording setup as consistent as possible between sessions. So even though we've been building harps out of this gorgeous figured cherry for a few years, it has taken us until now to get the recordings done. Many of you have been waiting a long time for this, and we appreciate your patience!
There is no Boulevard video yet, so you'll have to scroll down to the audio section to listen to it. Many thanks to Marian Sussman for jumping in at the last minute to play the Boulevard for the recording! The piece is Ground in F by Henry Purcell. If you listen to it next to the Ravenna 34, you'll notice the difference in tone from the Boulevard's higher-tension concert gut strings.
Thanks also to Harper Tasche, who played for our initial recording sessions and was able to pull off the exact same arrangements again five years later! You'll hear his playing on all the harps except the Boulevard. He is playing his own arrangements of Calon Lan by John Hughes (on the 34- and 36-string harps) and the O'Carolan tune Fanny Po'er (on the 26-string harps).
We're planning an article soon with some discussion of the tonal differences between the woods we use, so study up on your cherry harps!