Welcome To Mountain Glen Harps
Created With Artistic Elegance and Excellence of Sound
My name is Glenn J. Hill and I want to welcome you to the world of my custom one-of-a-kind harps! Each harp I build is perfectly designed and crafted to fit the needs and desires of its owner and player. If you can imagine it…then I can create it! It is now January 2022, and I have been building custom harps for 44 years. I am about to turn age 69 and am moving towards retirement in the next ten years or so. Currently I have cut back the sizes and types of harps I can build, to no more than 29 gut or nylon strings, single strung. You can email me about these smaller sized harps and King David Lyres, and I will create a file for your project with an estimated timeline for the build.
Custom Harps for Over 35 Years
I have been designing and building one-of-a kind custom carved and sculpted harps since 1978.
This is the “Angel of Light,” a hand carved 31 string Myrtle wood Celtic Harp with embedded crystals.
Innovations in Harp Design
Over the years my clients have many times asked me to design and build for them types of harps that have never been seen before. I have always enjoyed this challenging type of creative work, and continue to do so.
Shown here is a custom 28 laser performance harp with red and green lasers.
Custom Harp Designs
If you have an idea for a harp that you have never seen before, contact me and share your thoughts.
Shown here is the “Pegasus in Flight” harp, made of rock maple with semi-precious stones, opals, and silver inlay and strung with 28 nylon strings.
Let Me Design Your Dream Harp!
I enjoy the co–creative process of working with my clients to bring their most amazing dream harps to life!
From Ancient harps to New Age harps, from harps inspired by the designs of Middle Earth’s Rivendell and Lothlorian, to the Mystic Dream Harp that you only see when you are asleep, I can bring your harp to life for you!
Shown here is the Custom 40 string “Rivendell Harp,” an electric-acoustic-midi harp made with black walnut and myrtle wood and a stained Spruce sound board.
Laser Harps for Installations
This custom Laser Harp was designed and carved for the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn, New York.
Religious and Spiritual Harps
I have carved and created harps for playing music in a variety of Religious and Spiritual Traditions. Please tell me what your new harp should be like, in beauty of both sound and appearance, to aid you in your special music performances.
Shown here is a custom myrtle wood “King David'” 10 nylon string Kinnor Lyre.
Custom Carving & Sculpting
All Mountain Glen custom harps can be created with custom carving, sculpting, painting, and inlay work of crystals and beautiful gem stones.
Shown here is a custom 36 string, nylon strung myrtle wood harp with solid Spruce sound board created for Darren Raleigh. Carved in a polished/rough, hand chiseled style, in the shape and style of the ancient harps of Ireland.
Darren Raleigh Plays Carolan's Farewell to Music
Creative Harp Design
Over the last thirty six years I have carved an extremely wide variety of relief images and fully in-the-round-sculptures on my harps. From winged Pegasus in flight, to howling wolves and dancing unicorns, angels in flight, birds in their nests, and various types of Dragons curling up the pillars and necks of these harps, anything is possible!
I also build hybrid harps with lasers and strings, a new type of harp that has never before been constructed, with multi-media controlled red and/or green laser beams built into a custom harp with strings. These strings can also be set up with individual string transducers to make them electro-acoustic or midi triggering, in addition to the laser triggered visual and audio effects.
Hand Painted Harps
Shown at left is a custom carved, gilded, and painted myrtle wood harp with spruce sound board, created for Derek Bell. Pedal tension 36 gut strings. Crystal ball and natural rounded crystals inlaid in the pillar. In the background is a detail of hand painting on a Celtic harp.
More details from the Rivendell Harp, hand carved with branches, leaves and tree roots.
Created With Artistic Elegance and Excellence of Sound
My name is Glenn J. Hill. I’m the harp builder and owner of Mountain Glen Harps, and I welcome you to the world of my custom one of a kind harps! I have been designing and building one of a kind custom carved and sculpted harps since 1978. Each harp I build is perfectly designed and crafted to fit the needs and desires of its owner and player. If you can imagine it, I can create it! Many times over the years my clients have asked me to design and build for them types of harps that have never been seen before. I have always enjoyed this challenging type of creative work, and continue to do so. If you have an idea for a harp that you have never seen before, go ahead and share your thoughts on it with me. I enjoy the co–creative process of working with my clients to bring their most amazing dream harps to life!
Some of the very special custom harps I can build for you include:
Tell Us About Your Dream Harp Today!
Years Building Custom Harps
Dream Harps Built
You Have Options!
Learn more about the choices you have when creating your custom harp below.
In this day and age with our planet in such distress, I make it part of my mission as a harp builder to only use wood from sustainably harvested sources. I build all my harp sound boards from twenty year air-dried Engelmann Spruce tone wood. Click to learn more about wood options for your custom harp.
Tell Me About Your Dream Harp Today!
Please see my price list page for detailed prices, and my ordering page for the information you need to place an order. Browse through the rest of my Mountain Glen Harps website for many photos and more information on all the sizes, types and styles of custom harps that I can design and create for you! I am currently tapering down towards retirement, and am now only building harps with up to 29 strings, plus 10 string lyres. I currently have a year waiting list and may retire form building harps in 2023.
Below are comments and feedback from some of the folks for whom Mountain Glen Harps has created over 385 custom harps. Each of these harps was created for an individual harpist, reflecting their personal needs and desires for a very special one-of-kind harp.
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, the sound coming from the harp was so clear that “the recording engineer had nothing to do!”
Click the link below to hear one of the recordings Christina made with this harp:
Contact Glenn About Your Dream Harp Today!
All these possibilities and more can be part of your custom Mountain Glen Harp. Contact master harp builder Glenn Hill for a consultation and tell him all about the harp of your dreams!
Please contact Mountain Glen Harps with details of your repair needs.
Visit Our Other Websites For More!
If you’re looking for a harp to get started with or aren’t ready for your own custom harp just yet, visit our Cambria Harps website.
If you already have a harp of your own and it needs to be re-strung, or if you need a case for your harp, visit our Markwood Heavenly Strings & Cases website.
Markwood Heavenly Harp Strings & Cases is THE source for all your harp re-stringing needs!
Our Cambria Harp Kits make it possible to build your own harp for a quality harp at an affordable price with Cambria’s line of Folk Harp Kits & Plans. These are very good quality instruments, suitable for therapy, students, teachers, travelers, and those who do not wish to hock the family heirlooms just to get a harp.