Harp for Sale: Ardival Kinnellan

July 2014:  My friend reports that this harp has been SOLD.

A friend of mine, Sam, is selling her Ardival Kinnellan clarsach.  While I have no economic interest in the sale, I firmly vouch for Sam as a trustworthy, reliable person.  Please contact her directly if you are interested.  Thanks, –Sue
For Sale: Ardival Kinnellan 30-string wire strung harpharp wholeArdival’s web site describes the Kinnellan as “a large renaissance wire-strung clarsach, based on the image in Praetorius’s Syntagma Musicum of 1619, labelled “Irish harp with brass strings”. It shows an undecorated large low-headed harp with brass cheek bands on a thick string arm, a huge soundbox with three pairs of sound holes and a reinforced pillar. The Kinnellan is made entirely of sycamore, likewise having brass cheek bands, a hollowed-out soundbox, an exterior integral string band, brass string shoes and a pillar reinforced with a T-section. The range of thirty strings is taken from the string scheme published by Edward Bunting in 1840, having just over four octaves running from bass C up to treble d”’. Six silver strings provide a rich bass, supporting the remaining brass strings. “ This instrument was purchased in 2007 new from Ardival and I am the sole owner and it is in excellent condition. It has come into a lovely bright voice and is a lovely harp to play. New the Ardival costs $4,322.54 plus international shippping (I also had to pay duty). The price for this Kinnellan in $3800 which includes a Cronkite case ($375+value), a full set of replacement strings and a small stool made to support the harp while playing. Shipping will be either Fed Ex or UPS and I will charge only the actual amount (estimate $35-40). The is also a matching music stand that is sold separately with a discount to the Ardival purchaser.


The stand was made by Mr. Sandman who specializes in stands and is quite delux–it has extra brass for adjustment knobs, a built in shelf to hold tuner, key, pencils etc. and a removeable larger shelf for sheet music and books not being used on the upper stand. Stand originally cost $550. Selling price is $425 or $375 to purchaser of the harp. Total package is worth over $5250. Were you to purchase the package-harp, case and stand–it will be $4175 plus shipping.

Contact  samtyler@comcast.net for photos and further information.  UPDATE:  SOLD


Cunningham Wire Strung Harp for Sale

Cunningham harp

A close friend, Kathleen Staub, who is a well-known lever harp teacher in Portland, is offering her Cunningham 33 string modern wire strung harp for sale.  I have no financial interest in the sale, but am posting it for my friend.  Please take a look at her website for further information, and kindly contact her directly if you are interested in further information.


Cunningham harp for sale

For Sale:  33 string Cunningham Harp

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I am posting this information on behalf of Kathleen Staub, a well-respected lever harp teacher and friend, who owns this instrument.  If you’re looking for a very affordable, high-headed modern brass-strung harp, take a look!

PLEASE NOTE:  kindly direct all inquiries to Kathleen at arpeggioharps@earthlink.net.

About the instrument

  • Cunningham 33-string harp with brass strings and bridge pins (no blades)
  • lowest string is C, 2 octaves below middle C; highest string is a g, 2+ octaves above middle C
  • spruce soundboard and walnut body, with a base with four feet (stands freely)
  • laminated neck has a beautiful, burled walnut grain (see the photo)
  • in like-new condition
  • comes with spare brass strings, tuning key and tuning fork
  • includes an excellent assortment of books, including  A Gaelic Harper’s First Tunes, Coupled Hands for Harpers, and Legacy of the 1792 Belfast Harpers’ Festival by Ann Heymann, and From My Music Stand and Pathway by Cynthia Cathcart (see the photo for details)
  • reasonably wide string spacing means you can play with finger pads if you’re a lever harper and don’t want to grow your nails
  • cost $2900 new; for sale for $1900 plus shipping.  Seller will pay for insurance
  • for additional information, visit the Cunningham Harps website to see a photo of a similar instrument.  Here is a sound clip of a similar instrument from the craftsman’s website.
  • I have seen this harp in person, and took the photographs myself

Please note:  I have no financial interest in this sale.  Please contact Kathleen at arpeggioharps@earthlink.net with all questions.  Thank you for looking!


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