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In the Spring of 2005 the HHSI was looking to buy some harps for the use of students at our annual summer school, Scoil na gCláirseach, in Kilkenny in August. However it quickly became apparent to the Society that there was nothing on the market that was cheap enough for students, but which adhered to the historical designs exemplified in the surviving museum instruments.

The HHSI has therefore been working with the world's leading expert in the building of accurate, high quality, measured student early Irish harps, David Kortier, of Minnesota, and is now pleased to present the first model in its new line of student replica early Irish harps.

HHSI Student Trinity: features and specification

  • 29 strings, G to f'''
  • Two adjacent strings tuned to the note g below middle c' (an octave above the lowest note G), known as "na comhluighe"
  • 20 brass strings; the lowest 9 of sterling silver
  • The positioning of the pegs and shoes copied from David Kortier's measurements from the medieval original in Trinity College library, Dublin, ensuring accurate historical string spacing and angles, the bass strings being closer spaced
  • Overall length 341/2" (88cm)
  • Unitary neck-pillar construction laminated by David Kortier from cherry wood
  • Pieced soundbox respecting wood grain orientation, from American black willow
  • 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 Trinity College harp, please click here.

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HHSI Student Trinity harps are popular with our students. View photos showing HHSI Student Trinity harps in use by students at Scoil na gCláirseach. Not currently available.

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The HHSI has some Student Trinity harps available for rental; please enquire for waiting times and rates.

For any enquiries to do with your order, please email shop@irishharp.org.

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