WOOD COMPARISON PAGE

Each caption describes the photo ABOVE it. Keep in mind that every board is different.  If you find wood you love here, your harp will not be identical to the "look" in the picture!  Instead, it will be unique and guaranteed to be beautiful in its own right.

Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting harp wood.

Weight:  Lap harp people especially often want their harp to be as light as possible.  Some woods can add quite a bit of weight to a harp, some not so much.   Walnut wood tends to be in the "heavy" category.  Same for regular maple wood and other dense woods (such as purple heart.)  Cherry wood is more towards the "heavy" category as well.   Butternut wood makes an extremely light harp!   Woods like box elder, sweetgum, poplar....these can depend upon a particular board.  But they are more towards the medium - light category rather than "heavy."  Also, boards of the same wood species can vary in weight by 30%.

Here are my thoughts on wood and harp sound (this is opinion based upon my experience over years of playing harps of all different sizes and woods.)  Keep in mind that most of the harp sound is a result of the design....the size/shape of the soundbox.  After that, it is the wood which does the rest.  Heavy woods tend to produce a brighter sound.  Maple falls more in the "bright" category.  However, "silver maple" is a different category of maple, it is lighter, more acoustic, and produces a harp that is not as "stiff" as regular maple wood. 

Walnut wood is considered a "mellow" harp wood, even though it is in the heavy/dense wood category.   Cherry wood is the perfect combination...it is a lively sound...not too bright, not too "mellow."  Purple heart wood is in a category by itself.   It is extremely heavy, and tool-breaking dense.  A  purple heart harp has a certain something that is difficult to put into words.  It is more in the "bright" category, but can be very mellow in the low registers, depending upon harp model.

There are other really good acoustic woods we use, which are particularly nice to use on the smaller harps (which need all the help they can get.)  These woods are sassafras, boxwood, sweet gum, poplar...all amazingly good harp woods!

A beautiful BlevinSong 26 in walnut wood.

This is a beautiful representation of purple heart wood, in a Serenade 31.

This incredible Cameo 28 is of spalted sycamore wood. 

This is a Dulce 26 in padauk wood with ebony stripe and ebony stand.


Above is a MeadoWind 36 in amazing purple heart wood.


Above is a RiverSong 36 in mahogany wood.


This is a Marie 23 XP in butternut wood with light cherry stain.  VERY light harp!

Siberian Elm with light cherry stain

This harp is a Cameo 23 in figured cherry wood.

Poplar wood has so many varieties!  Above is burl poplar.

This Cameo (above) is in mineral poplar.

Can you tell?  We love our Cameo harps!  This one is in plain old cherry wood...which turned out to be not plain at all!

This is lovely figured hackberry wood.

This is a beautiful example of spalted sweet gum wood.

One of our favorite woods, red-flamed box elder.  It looks different every time.

More red-flamed box elder wood.

This is highly figured walnut wood.  Gorgeous!

More walnut wood (an Eden 29)

This is spalted maple, another wood which looks different every time.

A nice example of regular mahogany wood.  It looks much like "aged in" cherry.

This is wood stained in "rosewood."


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