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 Harp available for sale is this 40 string instrument,
larger than most lever harps, but smaller than most pedal harps.
This instrument 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 option
is the addition of MIDI controller capability. The electric pedal
harp is particularly suited to implementing this exciting possibility.
The MIDI software is installed on your PC with an interface box
to route the audio from the harp into the computer, and to route
the synthesized sounds back out of your computer. What this means
is that you can play with normal harp sound, with synthesized
sound, or with a combination of the two. The possibilites are
advantages of a solid body electric pedal harp apply to all harpists
If you feel
the solid body electric pedal harp is too "high tech"
for you, consider an acoustic/electric pedal harp. I have one
in stock ready to ship at the moment. Click
here for details.