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.