Saturday, 17 March 2012

Moraharpa build pics

Some pictures of my new moraharpa in progress... much planing, scraping and drilling to ensue

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Moraharpa build underway

After several months delay I finally have a prototype moraharpa, or scandanavian keyed fiddle growing on my workbench. It's a creature of my own design, inspired by the classic historical harpas but with a little twist of nyckelharpa thrown in for good measure. It's diatonic, 345mm scale length, so in the fiddle voice range, two playing strings (GD), one or two drone strings plus a number of sympathetic ringing strings.. One row of keys but several of the keys have sport two tangents allowing certain melodies to be played on two strings at once, a fifth apart.. Woods used include reclaimed pine, ash, birch, and mahogany.

Build progress photos to follow...