Historical Harp Society of Ireland
McFALL HARP

This harp was acquired by the HHSI at auction in Scotland in 2014. When found, it had on it very old and corroded iron or steel strings (PDF string chart). After establishing the integrity of the frame, the old strings were removed, labelled and archived, and replaced by Simon Chadwick using Malcolm Rose’s soft iron wire, so that the harp could be brought up to pitch, and tuned and played.

There is evidence from c.1900 that James McFall was interested in producing wire-strung harps as well as the more popular modern gut-strung instruments. We believe that this example, with its small size and square-backed soundbox, may have been designed by him for metal strings.

The harp is now kept as part of the HHSI’s collection of antique Irish harps.

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