Harps

 

I have two beautiful lever harps that I absolutely love. One is a large 39 string cherry wood harp made by Australian harp maker Rick Hickman. I designed this harp myself and Rick brought the drawings I made to life. The harp is strung with high tension nylon and gut and has Loveland levers. This harp is now over twenty years old and still sounds terrific. Unfortunately Rick doesn’t make harps anymore so if you have a Hickman harp you are very lucky!

Ophelia small

My other harp is made by the wonderful people at Starfish Harps in Scotland. It is a Glencoe model made from cherry wood with Delacour levers. It is a wonderful instrument and I have been very impressed with the after sales support from Starfish. They also sell hard fibreglass cases for their harps, which I think is fantastic and adds significantly to the protection of your instrument when travelling.

Check out the Starfish Harps online – http://harps.starfishdesigns.co.uk/

fran-nicole-sept-2016-small

3 thoughts on “Harps”

  1. Hi Frances
    I have a Rick Hickman harp too. Very stable and reliable 🙂 What do you do for strings? He gave me spares but I’m wondering what to do when I run out.

    Like

    1. Hi Yvette, I re-strung my Hickman harp completely in Bow Brand for the gut and nylon strings but for the most part Rick used Klipspringer for the gut strings and Bow Brand for the nylon strings. He used pedal gauge strings on my harp and I am pretty sure most of his harps are too but you may want to check yours is as well. You can get them from Carter Harps Australia – http://carterharpsaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/STRING-PRICE-LIST-2019.pdf. Rick hand-made his own bass wire strings, so they have an amazing sound. They rarely break though so you probably won’t need to replace them. I have a spare set of bass strings that Rick made but if I had to replace them I would look at changing all of the bass strings to Pirastro or Bow Brand wires. The main thing is not to mix and match your string brands as they are all slightly different. Consistency is important for a good sound. Hickman harps are wonderful and I hope you have many years of joy playing yours! Fran

      Like

      1. Hi Fran
        Thank you for that information, that’s really helpful.
        None of by bass strings have broken yet thankfully. When I run out of my spare gut and nylon strings I’ll do as you suggest.
        They are beautiful harps. Happy playing too
        Yvette

        Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s