Specifications

Strings - 24 Premium Sipario SilkGut strings.
- Spacing: Similar to the top end of a pedal harp, good for hands & fingers of all sizes.
String table here
Range - 5C-2E (in harp octave terms).
- The lowest string is an octave below middle C.
- The range can be extended with the use of pitch shifter pedals!
Electronics - Fully native all-string pickup and built-in pre-amp.
- Superior Delta harp bass response.
Adjustable Height 3 heights:
- 87 cm (34 inch)
- 101 cm (40 inch)
- 116 cm (46 inch)
Dimensions - Harp: 7 cm deep, 87 cm long, 47 cm wide.
- In carrier bag: 8 x 88 x 48 cm (3 in x 18.5 in x 34.5 in).
- Accessories: All fit flat-packed in the case.
- Storage & Transport: It's compact shape allows stacking and transporting many Harp·Es on top of each other, even in small spaces.
- Will fit in most airplane overhead compartments. Always check with your airline first.
Carrier Bag - Sturdy fabric bag with carrying handle and two backpack straps.
- Includes spacious front pocket.
- The harp strap doubles as a cross body strap for the bag.
Weight - Harp: 3.6 kg / 7.8 lbs
- Stand: 1.2 kg / 2.6 lbs
Levers - Fully levered.
- Revolutionary lever system: Allows for pitch bends, vibrato, slides, and microtonality.
Volume - Acoustic: ±75 dB
- Amplified: Unlimited when plugged in.
Materials - High grade and durable beech plywood.
- Solid, stainless steel fasteners.
- Parts that do not carry load are made of aluminium to keep the weight down.
Finish - The finish is no-frills. It's non-polished, non-gloss, with a single layer of heavy duty coating (Monocoat 2K Oil) that protects the wood from the elements. Our simple finish allows us to keep our prices low.

- Our finish provides the freedom to apply an optional secondary finish. If you do, use one that works on top of a 2K Oil. Our protective layer deeply soaks into the wood, allowing you to lightly sand or polish it without compromising the protective layer.

- Coated packages: The wood grain is visible through the coating. We love it that way, but you can add further coating as you please.

- DIY-Uncoated: Comes without any coating. This provides unlimited customization freedom, but please ensure you know what you're doing. For instance, any coating applied to the levers should be thin and smooth to ensure functionality.
Packaging - Shipping box dimensions: 50 x 90 x 10 cm.
- The box is made of recycled materials and is recyclable. We avoid use of styrofoam. Due to this, the box may sustain minor damage, but the harp will always be safe.
- The box can be reused for transport.
- All parts are shipped in the recommended carrier bag, which sits in a protective plastic sleeve to fend off moisture. Small parts are packed in reusable and sealable bags.
- Some metal parts have a bit of paraffin in to prevent oxidation. Simply wipe them dry.

FAQ

On the harp

Where can I try out a Harp·E?

The following stores have Harp·E:

US:
VERMONT https://www.vermontviolins.com/

EUROPE:
NETHERLANDS zingendesnaar.nl
GERMANY artefakt-musik.de
FRANCE linstrumentarium.fr
UK theharpstudio.co.uk
SWITZERLAND musicanova.ch

ASIA / PACIFIC:
JAPAN ginzajujiya.com
KOREA segyemusic.com
HONG KONG harpchamber.com
AUSTRALIA theharplab-learnwithemily.com
NEW ZEALAND oceaniaharpstudio.co.nz

These all stock Harp·E but some might still need updating their listing.
Drop them a line directly and they'll assist you!

Harp·E is also on reverb.com

Can I take Harp·E on a plane?

Yes! Its compact size and robust design makes it perfect for travel. 

We often receive the question of whether you can take Harp·E as carry-on luggage. This is possible, but it varies by airline. Please check your airline for the allowed dimensions. The dimensions of Harp·E in the bag are: 8 cm x 88 cm x 48 cm

How can I get a left-handed Harp·E?

Harp·E can be assembled right or left-handed. If you order a Plug & Play or String & Go, please let us know you want it left handed in the comments. If you order a DIY package to assemble yourself, follow the assembly manual but with the parts mirrored, except the soundbard. If you need any help with this, don't hesitate to contact us!

Are there other colour options?

We currently offer 4 colour options.
We take care of the coating in our standard packages, but you are welcome to add your own colours or designs on top of that prior to assembly!
We also offer an Uncoated DIY package for those that know their way around coating.
For large orders, we can make bespoke colours of your choosing.

Where do I get spare strings? And can I use other strings?

Some spare lengths are included in the DIY and String & Go Packages for most strings.
You can find spare strings in the Shop > Strings tab.
We do not recommend using other strings besides SilkGut as they may affect the Harp·E's sound and performance. You are free to experiment though and prove us wrong!

What is the range of Harp·E?

The lowest string is an octave below middle C. The highest string is the E two octaves above middle C. 

How loud is Harp·E?

Our harps are electroacoustic. This allows the flexibility to play both unplugged or electric. However, please note that they are not as loud as your standard pedal harp.

Harp·E is perfect for living spaces where you can’t play too loud or want to practice at night without waking up neighbors. Our harp is loud enough to be heard clearly when practicing or in a small gathering. If you are playing on a stage, with a band, or as background music for a medium to large gathering, we recommend amplification.

Can you give me the blueprints?

We provide a digital assembly manual for self-assembly, stringing, and tuning. Hacking is also easy and fun!

As for “blueprints” for manufacture - there isn’t much point in that. Although we’ve created the harp’s components to be easy to self-assemble and repair (and hard to break), the core parts inside the harp are machined with extreme precision by specialist manufacturers across 5 countries. This took years to get right and it would be difficult to reproduce, and also very expensive, which wouldn't be much use to you.

The core inventions are patent protected, but contact us if you wish to use elements of the design. We're very happy to collaborate with people that ask nicely!

On the electronics

Can you tell me which amps and pedals to get?

There are endless options for amps, and it all depends on what you're looking to do and budget.

We've created a robust Facebook community where Harp·E owners exchange ideas and recommendations, including pedals and amps. If you have already purchased a Harp·E, you can join with your order number.

Can you give me precise electronics specs?

Our sensor is a self-shielding, singular transducer along all the strings.

The pre-amp is a custom design, low power, low noise FET input two-stage amplifier with contour filtering and rail to rail performance.

Our system also includes a dual mode battery monitoring with 4-level state warning via RGB LED.

The included battery is a standard 9V. It will provide long lasting power and is easy to replace.

How does the amplification work?

Our amplification system is not a passive pick-up, nor a simple piezo. It is a fully self-shielding and integrated amplification system spanning all strings. This means you won't get any feedback or hum problems like you would with a standard pick-up.

The built-in, smart pre-amplifier ensures high signal-to-noise ratio, zero latency, and full compatibility with all standard audio equipment.

What can Harp·E connect to?

Harp·E can connect to all standard audio equipment including amps, PA systems, mixing decks, pedals, and mobile interfaces.

Check our @harp_e_harp YouTube channel or the "Getting started" section on this website for more electronics tips!

How compatible is Harp·E with stage gigs?

The electronics are fully compatible with professional PA systems, monitors, mixing desks. Sound engineers will love that it's just plug & play: no feedback, no mics, no complications.

How to use guitar effects with the Harp·E?

The Harp·E can be plugged in multi-effect pedals: enjoy endless experimentation with thousands of guitar effects that work perfectly with the Harp·E electronics. We love all time classics like delay, wah wah, distortion, looper...

See our "getting started" page for some videos with inspiration and tips. And our YouTube channel @harp_e_harp has lots of tips and suggestions.

How compatible is the Harp·E with studio equipment?

The Harp·E electronics are compatible with all professional studio equipment, just plug directly into the mixing desk.

Can I plug the Harp·E into my smartphone or headphones?

Smart phone, hifi, headphones: the Harp·E, connected to a tablet or smartphone can be turned into an ultra portable setup. A small interface is needed for that, just like with electric guitars, for example the iRig or Sonic Port. All sorts of effects pedals can be added via free apps, controlled on the screen or wirelessly with extensions. Combine this with a free digital audio workstation like GarageBand and you've got a complete mobile recording studio. Of course you can also plug this into your HiFi or headphones.
Check our "getting started" page for videos and tips. More to follow, also on our YouTube channel @harp_e_harp

What about contact sounds?

As with all electro-acoustic instruments, you will hear contact sounds. Utilizing these sounds allow you to unlock added expression possibilities to your playing (e.g. looping tapped rhythms).

On shipping & payment

Which countries do you ship to?

We offer worldwide shipping!

If your country does not show up on our shipping list at checkout, please contact us via email at support@harpeharp.zohodesk.eu.

Do you offer financing options?

Our mission with Harp·E is to make harps accessible to everyone. Therefore, we currently provide financing options through Klarna. Simply choose 'Klarna - Flexible Payments' at checkout.

How long does it take to receive an order?

Wait times depend on a few factors, including package choice and delivery location. Our packages all ship from our warehouse in the Netherlands.

The DIY packages are the quickest since they don’t require assembly, with the uncoated version being the fastest. The String & Go is the next quickest option, and the Plug & Play takes the longest.

Shipping may take anywhere from a few days to two weeks, depending on your country’s location and customs procedures.

Here is the current average wait times for our packages:

* DIY Uncoated with case: ±1-2 weeks
* DIY Coated or Uncoated without case: ±2-4 weeks
* String & Go: ± 4-6 weeks
* Plug & Play: ±8 weeks

How can I make a bulk order for my school/studio/shop?

We offer discounts on bulk orders. Please send an email to sales@jorisbeetsdesign.com, and we will be happy to assist you!

How do you determine your prices?

Our objective with Harp·E is to achieve the lowest price possible without compromising quality, as per our mission to democratize the harp. We do this through re-imagining the harp from the bottom up, aiming for a certain scale, and counting on community support.

For instance, Harp·E was produced for and with the Leerorkest organization. They actively participated and contributed to our development by taking on many steps of the assembly process. Because they ordered 300 in one go, we could give them a price as low as €450 per Harp·E.

As a company, we run on bare minimum margins. Even though prices for raw materials and logistics have skyrocketed recently, we are aiming to keep the prices at a minimum. We hope you keep this in mind when working with us. We are in it for the love of the instrument and appreciate your support in our mission.

We offer Paypal and Klarna as easier payment options, but please consider these companies take a sizeable percentage from us. If you can, we appreciate direct card payments

How does Harp·E sound?

The best place to hear it is on the many videos made by Harp·E-ists on social media!


  • Acoustic


  • Amplified with effects


  • Amplified


  • Amplified with effects

Other questions

If you have any questions our FAQ doesn’t cover, feel free to contact us at this email address and we will get back to you as soon as possible: support@harpeharp.zohodesk.eu 

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