wire strung harps are a modern interpretation of the medieval "low head"
type brass strung harp. These are not copies of historical harps and any general
resemblance is because pursuing the same goal in any culture or time period will tend to
produce similar results.
There are two sizes. The one to the left has 26 brass strings, the top 25 are tuned from
C below middle C to F(F#). The bottom string may be tuned to G, A, or B depending
on the player's purpose. The bottom 3 strings are red brass, the others are yellow
brass. The harp can also be strung with phosphor bronze with the same range.
It is 31" tall from 'stump to hump', 20" deep, and 10½" wide at the base of the
soundbox. It usually weights from 10 lbs to 12 lbs depending on the type of wood.
The wire-harp-also comes in the 22 string size for advanced folk musicians. It has 22 yellow
brass strings the, the top 21 are tuned from G below middle C to F(F#). The bottom string may
be tuned to F(F#), E, or D depending on the player's purpose. The harp can also be strung with
phosphor bronze with the same range.
It is 27" tall from 'stump to hump', 17" deep and 9½" wide at the base. It usually weighs from 5
lbs to 8 lbs depending on the type of wood.
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