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Cunningham harps

  • Deb
    Deb L

    Has anyone seen the

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    • Deb
      Deb L

      hmm sorry don't know what happened to the rest of my post? 

      Has anyone seen the Cunningham Neoclassical gut strung harps with the Spanish style soundboard?  Tall, lightweight, bright sound, deep bass.  Has anyone played or know anything about Cunningham harps?

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    • Andy
      Andy B

      Hi, Deb:

      I saw one at the Atlanta Harp Center last November. The sound was amazing...I was surprised at what a big voice this harp has. An easy touch brings out a lot of sound, and it's very rich. But the string tension is too light for me, personally. It's lighter than a Dusty or a Thormahlen, for example. Bob's harps are well made, and lovely to look at.  Hope this helps,

      Andy

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    • Kreig
      Kreig Kitts

      I've seen the pictures - it's very pretty. He makes good harps - a lot of harp teachers in Georgia recommend his instruments for students as well-made and reliable. One gigging harpist I chatted with once while she was setting up raved on them, my first teacher used one of his harps in her studio for lessons, and I'd play on some of his when I'd visit the late Gerry Bullard's living room full of harps. The sound was very good on all of them. I'd have no hesitation purchasing one if I were looking for a new lever harp.

       

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    • Deb
      Deb L

      thanks Kreig and Andy!  There is one at Viginia harp center and they do rent to own program but they said this one is sale only.  The light string tension sounds like it goes along with the Spanish design too, bet this harp is great for speed playing.  The sound clips have a very full bass, and it's so lightweight.  The holes in the soundboard I've never seen in a modern harp that wasn't wire. 

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    • Deb
      Deb L

      yikes no holes in the back of the harp, wonder how you change the strings?

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    • Joyce
      Joyce White

      He makes lovely harps with a lovely warm sound. .  We had him make a 22 string 11 lb for our youngster when she was 11 to take to Keadue International Harp Competition (she won in the under-12 division). She was able to haul it on trains and buses due to its light weight and size.  Everyone we met seemed to like the harp.  He made a detachable stool for it.  It's held up well and it was fun to watch it being shaped in his workshop.  Very talented man and he makes many other instruments as well, including reproductions of old instruments.

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    • Jessica
      Jessica Wolff

      That's curious--going by the sound samples on his site, the Neoclassical sounds more metallic than the metal-strung!

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    • Kreig
      Kreig Kitts

      My favorite is the hammerchord, under "more instruments" on his site. That looks like a fun thing to play.

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    • Kathy
      Kathy Chanik

      This new model you're asking about, the Neoclassic, is very different from his previous models. It's true, no soundboard holes in the back. The strings kind of are twisted around a little knob on the soundboard, very different from what we're all used to. But I imagine you could get used to this, just a new skill. I did not care for the blade levers, but that's just me. I thought It was strung with fluorocarbon since it reminds me of my Sandpiper Nova, bit I'm pretty sure it has nylon strings. I think he's going for a historical reproduction feel with this harp.

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    • Kathy
      Kathy Chanik

      Sorry, it's gut strung, not nylon. Not sure if that means folk gut or concert gut.

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    • Deb
      Deb L

      He's very innovative doubtless!  I guess I am a traditional person, but I am excited that there are people developing so many different tastes and colors of harps and variations of them.

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    • Brenda
      Brenda Lee

      I bought a Cunningham harp about 10 years ago and I still LOVE it.  I attend harp conferences as often as I can, and I can tell you, very few harps I hear can come close to the beautiful sound of my Cunningham.  Go for it.

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    • Brenda
      Brenda Lee

      Deb, I bought a 35 string Cunningham about 13 years ago and it still sounds absolutely beautiful.  You can never go wrong with a Cunningham. I'll never sell mine.

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