Two new harp models were unveiled in January at the 2017 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, Calif. Salvi Harps presented its newest model, the Delta, and Dusty Strings introduced the Mariachi.
“The Delta puts together centuries of traditional harp craftsmanship into a solid body with cutting-edge audio technology for a professional sounding instrument with smooth playability,” said Salvi in a press release. The 29-string electric harp has a range from second-octave C to sixth-octave C and weighs 14.5 pounds. It is designed to be played either sitting or standing and includes both a stand and a strap. Innovations for the new model include placing levers and pins in a straight line, allowing for an extended bass range, and use of a bridge pickup system “offering playing techniques like pitch bending and slides,” said the company. The harp is compatible with with all effects processors, recording equipment, and PA systems.
Salvi describes the Delta as “a modern interpretation of the classic harp…which aims to excite not only the harp market, but anyone in search of a new way to express themselves through music.” For more information visit www.delta-harp.com.
Dusty Strings’ Mariachi model was introduced as a prototype at NAMM and will be available for purchase this spring. “Mariachi school programs are known to be a valuable educational, musical, and cultural experience for the students involved, but it is often difficult for directors to find harps that fulfill all their needs,” said the company. The 34-string Mariachi weighs 18 lbs., has a range of 4.5 octaves, and comes with detachable legs and an optional pickup. Based on the design of Dusty Strings’ Ravenna 34 model, the Mariachi has a lower string tension and smaller spacing between the strings combined with a traditional mariachi look.
“Strings are closer together and easier to reach, and it takes very little strength to produce a full, loud, and satisfying sound,” says Dusty Strings, who envision the harp to fill a need as “a learning harp for young students or a long-term instrument for adult players with small hands or joint pain.” For more information visit www.dustystrings.com.