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HARPS

At the Sylvia Woods Harp Center, I help people of all ages fulfill their dreams of owning and playing one of these magical instruments. You, too, can learn to play the harp! No previous musical experience is necessary. Even as a beginner, the harp sounds pleasing; just running your hand over the strings creates lovely tones. And, with practice, soon you can be playing beautiful music on your new harp.

I have been selling harps since the 1970's. I am proud to offer harps by these excellent lever harp makers: Dusty Strings Harps and The Harpsicle Harp Company. All of the harps I sell are crafted here in the U.S.A. For more information on the harp models we sell, click on a logo or harpmaker name above.

I know that buying a harp is a big decision, and the variety of choices can seem overwhelming. But I am here to help you every step of the way. I specialize in assisting each of my customers in finding the perfect harp for their needs and desires. Please feel free to contact me and let me take the "mystery" out of buying your harp.

Harp prices on this site are valid as of January 2018. Prices subject to change without notice.


Our "Harp Essentials" 20% Discount Program
Purchase a harp from the Sylvia Woods Harp Center
and get a 20% discount on selected "Harp Essentials,"
including extra strings, benches, music stands,
metronomes, electronic tuners, tuning keys, and more.
Click here for information on this money-saving opportunity.


Harps are probably the most ancient stringed instruments. Their beautiful sound and graceful aesthetic form have magically enticed man for many centuries. And even today, that fascination lives on.

In Ireland and Scotland, harps (in the form that we now know them) were first evident in the 9th Century A.D. These early harps were strung with metal strings, and the sound box was usually carved from a single log. They were a focal point of Celtic music, reaching their greatest use between 1000 and 1750 A.D. A bit later these small harps were strung with gut and played in the royal courts of Europe. Gradually, they evolved into the pedal harp used today in orchestras. Celtic or folk harps have recently made a resurgence in the music world. A wide variety of music is played on these instruments, including early, classical, folk, Renaissance, popular, and original music.

Harp with LeversLever harps (also called Celtic harps, non-pedal harps, folk harps, or Irish harps) are tuned diatonically: a do re mi scale, like the white notes on the piano. The strings are color-coded to help you find your way. Cs are red, and Fs are blue or black. Lever harps usually have sharping levers on each string which can be used to raise the pitch of the string one-half step, making a sharp.

At the Sylvia Woods Harp Center we help people of all ages fulfill their dreams of owning and playing one of these magical instruments. You, too, can learn to play the harp! No previous musical experience is necessary. Even as a beginner, the harp sounds pleasing; just running your hand over the strings creates lovely tones. And with the help of Sylvia Woods' book Teach Yourself To Play the Folk Harp, soon you can be playing beautiful music on your new harp.

Click the arrow to hear Sylvia Woods talking about how harps work, and the differences between lever harps and pedal harps.

Click the arrow to hear Sylvia Woods discussing the 3 types of harp backs.

Click the arrow to hear Sylvia Woods talking about some of the woods used to make our harps.

Parts of a Lever Harp
To see a diagram naming the parts of a lever harp click here.

Sharping Levers
The purpose of a sharping lever is to shorten the sounding length of a string on a lever harp, raising the pitch one half step, allowing you to play in different keys without re-tuning the harp. Our lever harps are available with a variety of levers. See each harpmaker's pages for their levers and prices.

Click the arrow to hear Sylvia Woods explaining how levers work.


Black Loveland Levers

Loveland levers have been the industry standard for more than a decade. Made of durable Delrin, the long handles move smoothly, and have a short throw which facilitates rapid lever changes. Tone quality is virtually unaltered with the lever engaged, and the sharping action maintains string alignment. Red & blue dots on the C & F levers make them easy to find. Dusty Strings Harps uses the black Loveland levers; other makers use either black or gold.

Gold Loveland Levers

Camac levers are nickel-plated solid metal and have a smooth, quiet action. Tone quality is virtually unaltered with the lever engaged, and the sharping action maintains string alignment. Tear drop shaped levers allow for comfort and easy grip. C and F lever handles are clearly designated in metallic red and blue, making them extremely easy to see. Triplett Harps use Camac levers as an option on their harps.

Camac levers

Truitt levers are gold-plated brass, with a smooth lift. Tone quality is virtually unaltered with the lever engaged. The handles are flat (parallel to the neck). The C & F levers are heart-shaped, and all others round. Truitt levers are more expensive than Loveland or Camac levers and will increase the price of the harp. See each harpmaker's page for pricing.


Performance levers are installed on Lyon & Healy harps. Made of brass coated with Teflon, deployment is smooth and effortless. With the lever engaged, tone quality is practically unaffected and string alignment is maintained. Plastic caps on the end of the levers are colored either clear, red or black, and make the levers comfortable and easy to see. Shown here on a green Lyon & Healy Silhouette harp.

Performance levers

Robinson levers are made of brass. The lever handle is flat with a rounded head. Even though they are not as comfortable to use as Loveland, Truitt or Camac levers, their low cost makes them a good addition to harps like Sharpsicles to help keep down the price of the harp.

Robinson Levers

The new Rees levers are now being installed on the Harpsicle and Grand Harpsicle harps. They are of solid brass with a durable non-tarnish, nickel plating. The strong handles are comfortable with a smooth action. These levers have a lifetime warranty.

Rees Levers

PEDAL HARPS:
As of August 2010, we are no longer selling harps by Lyon & Healy.
You can purchase lever and pedal harps by Lyon & Healy through Harp In LA.
Visit their website at HarpInLA.com , or call them at (818) 495-4652.
Heidi Spiegel and Paul Baker will give you excellent, knowledgeable service for all of your Lyon & Healy harp needs.

Click the arrow to hear Sylvia Woods explaining how pedal harps work.