Why this harp? It was love at first sight. One of the big early Gaelic harps, with beautiful winding lines, full of mysterious carved creatures and the lion or wolfhound head at the end of the neck… with a rich beefy base too. This sounds like an instrument I could play some Baroque music in sutiable arrangements. What spices things up a bit is also the fact that I have yet to see a faithful copy of that harp.
Copying extant harps requires examining the instruments but also making decisions. We don’t have tools that would allow us to go back in time, nor do we have ways of taking them apart without destroying them, so we have to decide taking into account all the accessible data: do we want to make a faithful copy of the instrument in the museum, in that state? Or do we try to reverse engineer it, basing on research, to have a “brand new” instrument? I would like to try the latter – have recreation of the harp when it was still intact, without the metal plates and the repairs, with its paint vibrant and unchipped.
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