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

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 with all questions.  Thank you for looking!


Lamont Replica & Student Trinity Harp On the Market


One of the last days of the season to play music on the porch.


Today we visited Sauvie’s Island early in the morning and harvested some pumpkins from a farmer’s field.  The days have grown sunny and chill, and tonight there is a risk of a first frost.  It’s almost too chilly to play harp on the porch anymore.

Now here is a rare event: David Kortier, a craftsman known for his elegant instruments and his specialization in historically-accurate Gaelic harps, is listing TWO instruments for resale.

He has a student Trinity made of willow and cherry for $1500 US dollars, and a replica Lamont with a walnut box and maple neck and pillar, and a handsome end cap (and strung with lots of gold) for $7000 US dollars. These instruments are made by special order, usually involving a long wait.

If you’re in the market for an affordable historical clarsach, are curious about the Lamont, or like me, love to see these handsome creatures, go take a look. There are plenty of photos.


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