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If you play in high sound level environments, such as onstage with a band, it is likely that the soundbox of your harp is being vibrated by the sounds all around you. If you are amplified, which of course you need to be in this situation, then the stray vibrations acting on your soundbox are also being amplified, added to the harp sound. The result can range from an overall muddy tone to disturbing distortion, depending on the circumstances.

But what about Harp Sound?

There is no doubt that the acoustic soundbox has a profound effect on the sound of your harp. The quality of the sound we hear depends on how efficiently the energy from the strings is radiated from the surfaces of the soundbox. A solid body harp can be engineered to present the same interface with the strings as an acoustic harp. The resulting vibrations are reflected back into the strings. With pickups against all the strings, all vibrations are converted instantly into sound, nothing is lost. There is very little inertia to overcome, because we are not pumping a big heavy wooden box. The result is a delightful harp sound using a greatly scaled back system. Think in terms of lighter gauge strings, easier to pull, capable of more nuance, yet filling the hall with beautiful harp sound.

To take this next step (something the guitar world did generations ago), I am focused on building harps without soundboxes, true electric harps.