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