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side view of Student Lamont
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The fourth in our series of accurate, high quality, student early Irish harps, which are being made for the Society by David Kortier, of Minnesota, completes our range of replicas of the three surviving medieval Gaelic harps. The other two are the Student Trinity and Student Queen Mary designs.

The Lamont harp was probably built in the 15th century in Argyll, Scotland; it was taken to Lude, Perthshire by Lilias Lamont in 1460, and remained there until the 19th century when it was removed to the National Museum in Edinburgh.

HHSI Student Lamont: features and specification

  • 32 strings, C to f'''
  • Two adjacent strings tuned to the note g below middle c', known as "na comhluighe"; also a missing pitch at either bottom E or F (an octave and a half below middle c'), known as "tead leagtha"or "tead leagaidh" accordingly.
  • 21 brass strings; the lowest 11 of sterling silver
  • The positioning of the 32 pegs and 32 shoes copied from David Kortier's measurements from the medieval original in the Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, ensuring accurate historical string spacing and angles.
  • Overall longest dimension 38" (97cm)
  • Unitary neck-pillar construction laminated by David Kortier from cherry wood
  • Pieced soundbox respecting wood grain orientation, from willow wood (NB. the harp illustrated here is a prototype, made from a much darker timber)
  • mortice and tenon joint at top of soundbox, bolt at base
  • metal string shoes
  • Tapered through tuning pins to fit standard pedal harp size tuning key
  • For info on the original Lamont harp, please click here.

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