Solid Body Electric, Electric-Acoustic Harps I am no longer making MIDI Harps
My electric-solid body and electric-acoustic harps, can be built in any size, style, and number of strings, from 19 to 45. I can build them with gut, nylon or wire strings.
I can use two different sound systems for your harp, depending on what your needs are. The first type of individual string transducer systems which can be used on both acoustic and solid body model harps. This system has a stereo and mono output,
The other option is a multi transducer array, ( cannot be used with solid -body harps ), that is attached to the inside of the harp soundboard. This system has only a mono output, and is the least expensive of the two systems.
RMC Stereo, Individual Transducer System
Harp Shown above: This is a detail shot of Black Walnut, 36 string, ‘Bamboo ‘themed electric-acoustic harp, using the RMC individual string transducers. The transducers are tiny gold colored mini-bridges that are set right behind the strings.
This is the same sound system that the Lyon & Healy and Salvi Harp companies are using in their electric harps. This system can be installed into any of my custom harps, with gut, nylon or wire strings. It can also be built into any of my custom double or cross strung harps.
The system is made up of individual gold plated transducer bridges, that sit against each string, in a small slot that is cut into the string rib.
The mixer board produces a rich and full, yet balanced stereo sound, that balances the sound of the treble and bass sections of the string band. The treble strings are brought up to a fuller sound, and the bass strings are kept from over driving the rest of the harp`s sound. The transducers pick up both the sound of the individual strings, and the sound produced by the vibrating sound board. Each string is sensed separately using low profile RMC string sensors, then high-performance Stereo Active Electronics mix and pre-amplify the separate string signals together to produce a stereo output.
The amplified sound is a true reproduction of the string vibrations, making it musically expressive to both the player and listener. Each string has a specific location on the stereo panorama, producing ‘moving stereo sound’ when the harp is amplified or recorded in stereo.
There is an on-board pre-amp, powered by a 9 volt battery, and separate stereo and mono audio jacks.
The price to add this system to, and install it into any of my harps is $45 per transducer, and $600 for the pre-amp and stereo mixer.
For a 36 string harp, the cost for adding this system is : plus $2,500
For a 29 string harp, the cost for adding this system is : plus $1,900
For a 22 string harp , the cost of adding this system is : plus $1,600
Harps shown here above: On the left: Thirty six nylon strung Myrtle wood, electro-acoustic, with triggered red lasers (the lasers are triggered to fire into the crystals, controlled by the vibration of the strings they are connected to electrically), and embedded fiber optic lighting, set under clear rock crystals .
The harp on the right is a 36 string electric acoustic “Northern Lights” harp with RMC individual string transducers, and eight halogen spot lights with colored gels in the pillar, and fiber optic lighting that lights up crystal stars embedded in the sound board.
Harp shown here: Custom Electro-acoustic Gut strung Cherry wood harp created for Tina Tourin. This harp has colored lights built into the pillar, and fiber optic lighting behind crystal on the sound board.
This custom harp was created for Christina Tourin, who commented, ” I can`t believe you built the harp in three weeks , and it sounds so lovely! ” Christina was talking about the custom gut strung electric-acoustic Rainbow Light Harp I created for her 1992. She was amazed that in the recording studio, that the sound coming from the harp was so clear, that ” the recording engineer had nothing to do !”
Here is one of the recordings Christina made with this harp: Christina Tourin Plays her Electric Light Harp on “The Harp Seal Lullaby” CD.
I can build all my many different harp sizes and styles to be electric acoustic harps, by using a multi transducer array, that is attached to the inside of the harp soundboard.Using three or four carefully placed piezo pickup elements, this system achieves a clean, focused, natural, and lush sound. The rich, full bass notes balance and blend with the clear, musical MIDI and high notes. It’s simply the sound of the harp, only bigger. This system works at any volume level, without feedback, which can be a concern with microphones alone, when playing at extreme high volumes or with other instruments.
The four (or three in the smaller array ), transducer elements are discreetly mounted inside the sound box of the harp. All wiring is neatly bundled and run through a cable conduit that terminates at a single 1/4-inch jack that’s flush-mounted in the back of the harp, making for true “plug and play” ease of use. A single guitar cable allows you to plug your harp straight into any amplifier and many PA systems with no preamp boxes or complicated connections.
If you are playing in situations requiring very high volumes, you’ll want to add a preamplifier to the system. In addition to boosting your signal, it will give you direct control over your volume and tone. With some amplifiers it will also sweeten and smooth out your sound.
I can install this transducer system for you in any of my Mountain Glen Harps
Installed in harps with 27 or more strings………………$395.00
And for the smaller, three transducer array,
Installed in harps with 26 strings or fewer……………..$375.00
The Harp Mike
To add additional depth to your performance or recordings I am pleased to offer the Dusty Strings Harp Mike as a versatile, effective tool for amplifying your Mountain Glen Harp.
Many harpists like the idea of an actual microphone because of the warm, natural, open, and spacious sound that only mikes will give, until now there has not been one with a mounting system that worked well on the harp, or with electronics tailored to the harp’s unique sound. So this mike was developed with specialty microphone manufacturer Applied Microphone Technologies who designed one specifically for the harp.
The Harp Mike attach s to the back of the sound box by gently gripping the edges of one of the sound holes. This unique clamping design allows for mounting on nearly all the lever and pedal harps being made today. Unlike a microphone on a stand, the Harp Mike moves with your harp as you reposition it or tilt it back to play, keeping your sound consistent. It’s also discreet, out of your way and out of the audience’s view. It mounts quickly, with a few turns of a single knob, and uses no sticky tape or putty that can mar your harp’s finish. The microphone element extends out from the clamp on an extra-supple goose neck, making it easy to position in that “perfect” spot.
Since the Harp Mike is not permanently attached to your harp, you can easily switch it to other instruments. It can also come in handy for making voice announcements through your sound system. A 10-foot cord attaches to an included preamplifier, which can be powered by either a nine-volt battery or phantom power.
The Harp Mike sells for $599
Technical specifications for Harp Mike
Element Condenser Polar pattern Cardioid Frequency response18 Hz – 20,000 HzImpedance200 ΩPhantom power12 – 52 vDC Max input SPL138 dB Goose neck length6-3/4 in.Weight5.2 oz Cable length10 ft. Battery 9V.
Harp Shown above: Black Walnut & Myrtle Wood with a stained Spruce sound board. Midi-acoustic-electric, 40 nylon strings.
MIDI Electric Harps I am no longer using this system, but have left up these photos.
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