We make a bunch of different harps, and knowing where to start looking can be tricky, so the Harp Finder page is designed to help you narrow things down. At the top is some basic information about the differences between our harp models. Below, you can filter all of our harp models by price, size, materials and body shape.
Size & Range
We build harps in three different sizes. The 26-string harps have a 3½ octave range and are the most portable, with detachable legs and weights up to about 17 pounds. It frequently surprises people how much sound comes out of these little harps, but for certain purposes, the small range can be limiting. The 34-string harps have a 4¾ octave range and produce a bigger, deeper sound because of the larger soundbox. They also have removable stands, which makes them as compact as possible when packed away in the case. They weigh up to about 21 pounds. The 36-string harps have a full 5 octave range and produce the biggest sound. They are still portable, but they're about 54" high and can weigh up to 30 pounds, so are not quite as easy to transport.
Materials & Price
We offer three different price levels, which are primarily based on the materials the harps are made out of. All of the hardware and strings are the same, and the necks are all made of solid wood, but the way the bodies are constructed is different.
Our most economical harps have a unique body design that saves a lot of time in the building process without sacrificing sturdiness or quality. The design is based on using laminated wood (high-grade plywood) that has a thin, wood-grained vinyl veneer over it. The sound is clear, bright and pleasing, but doesn't have as much of the subtle depth and complexity that solid wood can produce. There are some fun color choices available, but because of the materials, it is not possible to make one of these harps with a natural wood-toned body.
At the other end of the spectrum are the all-solid-wood harps, which are the most time-consuming to build and thus the most expensive. Solid wood tends to produce the most depth and richness of tone, which develops and matures over the years as the instrument is played. These harps come in a choice of different hardwoods, which allows you to tailor the visual appearance and the subtle character of the tone to your liking.
In between the two, our mid-priced harps are mostly solid wood, but have laminated wood soundboards. They provide a great balance between affordability and tonal depth. They also sometimes appeal to people who don't have the budget for a solid wood harp, but aren't in love with the appearance of the all-laminated harps. They are made of sapele with laminated birch soundboards, and we do not currently offer them in different woods or colors.
A square back harp is the least complicated body shape. That's what we started with on our first harp model, the FH26, and the sound was so fantastic that we've stuck with basically the same design for over thirty years. A square back works really well on a small harp, but some people find it uncomfortable or difficult to reach their arms around on a larger harp, so we developed two other options.
The stave back has five facets, for a very comfortable rounded body. It is also slightly curved from top to bottom, making it a complex shape to design and build. Our FH36S is built this way, and is our most time-consuming and expensive harp, but the Ravennas actually incorporate the stave-back feature as well, which is a rare thing to find in a lower-priced harp. (You can read more about how this is accomplished here.)
We also designed what we call the hybrid stave back, which has a mostly square shape, but with five facets up at the top. This makes it comfortable to rest against your shoulder, but not as complicated and expensive to make as the full stave back.
Sort by feature
Now that you have some background on the terminology, you can select any of the features below to show only the harp models with that feature. Clicking on a photo will pull up a short description of that model (unless you're browsing on a phone). At the bottom are links to more detailed information, including photos and sound clips.
Note: Currently, the sort by price feature is showing inaccurate information, and the Serrana does not show in any of the sorts. We're working on fixing this!
This is our most affordable harp and is a great way to get started playing on a limited budget without sacrificing important features like tone and durability. It's also very popular as a travel harp.
The Ravenna 34 combines affordability and portability with a 4-3/4 octave range. It has a comfortable stave-back body and a variety of available options, including burgundy or green lacquer.
Similar in construction and price to the economical Ravenna 34, the Boulevard 34 has higher tension gut strings and is designed to feel and sound more like a pedal harp. It has a shorter sustain and less bright sound than our other harps.
Our mid-priced 26-string harp is made of solid sapele wood with a laminated soundboard. It's a blend between the affordability of laminated wood and the appearance and tonal depth of solid wood.
The Crescendo often appeals to harpists who want an affordable, full-size instrument but aren't in love with the looks of the Ravenna 34. It combines the affordability of a laminated soundboard with the beauty and tonal depth of a solid wood sapele body.
This is our top-of-the-line 26-string harp, which is made of all solid wood and comes in a choice of different wood types. You'll be surprised at how much sound comes out of such a small instrument!
The double-strung is a unique instrument that has two side-by-side sets of strings, allowing you to play complex arrangements on a small instrument without tangling fingers. It is the same size as our other 26-string harps.
The FH34 has nearly the same range as our 36-string harps, but in a much more compact size. The harp is made of all solid wood and comes in a choice of different wood types.
Our 36-string harps have a full 5-octave range and are made of all solid wood in a choice of different wood types. The FH36H has a hybrid stave back (mostly square, with a faceted section at the top) and is a bit less expensive.
Our 36-string harps have a full 5-octave range and are made of all solid wood in a choice of different wood types. The FH36S has a fully-faceted stave back design.
The Serrana 34 has lighter string tension and closer spacing than our other harps, and is also a great instrument for school Mariachi music programs.