Wood

Over the years we have experimented with different timbers for the harps, and now offer all harps in a choice of three woods.

Wood is an organic material and while a cherry Glencoe sounds like another cherry Glencoe, no two pieces are quite the same which gives each harp its own voice.

The following observations are purely a guide and approximation.

Maple is the hardest wood. It is denser and heavier which produces a bright clear sound.

Cherry and Walnut are softer woods, lighter in weight and often are thought to give a slightly more mellow sound.

We usually tell customers to base their choice of wood on practical and cosmetic considerations – sound differences between them are slight and variable.

The soundboards on all our harps are made from finest Bavarian Spruce.

All timber will darken over time, enriching the grain.

Maple

Cherry

Walnut