Electric Pedal Harp
Harps in Stock
Electric Lever Harps
The next logical
step in pedal harp development is a true electric pedal harp.
By this, we mean a harp that is not acoustic, has no soundbox.
it- the reason we need massive strings on our pedal harps is
to supply the huge energy needed to set the massive acoustic
soundboxes into motion. The reason we need such large and heavy
soundboxes is to withstand the huge tension of the pedal harp
strings. The reason our joints and tendons give out is from pushing
and pulling this system around year after year.
what about Harp Sound?
soundbox has a profound effect on the sound of any given harp.
What we hear is the character of the resistance presented to
the strings and 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 tensions to the strings,
and the radiation of the resulting vibrations (the sound) is
taken care of by the pickups. With pickups against all the strings,
all vibrations are converted instantly into sound, nothing is
lost, there is very little inertia to overcome. It is possible
to obtain delightful harp sound using a greatly scaled back system.
Think in terms of lighter gauge strings, easier to pull, capable
of more nuance.
To take this
next step (something the guitar world did generations ago), I
am building pedal harps without soundboxes, true electric pedal
The first Kortier
Electric Pedal Harps available for sale will be 40 string instruments,
larger than lever harps, but smaller than most pedal harps. I
anticipate that these instruments will be particularly useful
to jazz harpists and others who love the harp but want an instrument
that is a better visual look, and is more accomodating to the
venues they most often play in.
A further development
will be the addition of MIDI controller capability. The electric
pedal harp is particular suited to implementing this exciting
option. We have the system fully developed and have successfully
installed it on a number of pedal harps, both acoustic and solid
body. It is reliable and performance ready.
advantages of a solid body electric pedal harp apply to all harpists
about specific models and prices will be posted soon. In the
meantime, consider an acoustic/electric pedal harp, we have two
in stock at the moment. Click here for