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.