New Trinity College Harp

Freshly strung, on its first outdoor excursion, and not yet in tune. Photo by Sue.

It’s here! It’s here.

I’ve had a hectic week since the arrival of the new Trinity College harp on Wednesday. I had asked my luthier, David Kortier, to let me string it. Suffice it to say that several times this week I have wondered about that decision, but let me tell you, it has been a highly useful education in a very compressed period of time. I’ll write about it shortly. For now, here is a photograph of the Trinity taken just around the corner from my house, where there was a patch of shade on a warm summer afternoon.

Over the past several days friends have stopped in to visit, and to meet the new instrument. One jokingly referred to the four pieces of the unstrung clarsach as “some assembly required.” My former teacher, Doug, who had been gently harassing me for months about my decision to commission this instrument, which I suspect he thought wildly extravagant, came by yesterday, and while both the student Trinity and the new replica were out, he couldn’t keep his eyes off the new arrival. He picked it up, inspected every surface, and after a good, lengthy visit, seemed to be almost as smitten with it as I am.

I’ll post reports shortly on the process of transferring gold from one instrument to the other (so far, so good!), and will tell you how things settle in.

Now, back to tuning. The whole instrument is still 2 notes below its final tuning, and I’m bringing it up gradually.



The New Trinity Replica is Arriving Next Week!

I may not have posted details to my blog, but I’ve been anxiously awaiting the completion of a beautiful replica of the Trinity College harp for a number of months now.

New Trinity Replica Before Stringing, July 2011.

David Kortier in Duluth, Minnesota, US, has made a beauty.  The box is willow, the neck and forepillar are black walnut, and the back panel is Austrian bog oak.  Stay tuned for many more photographs, and my updates on stringing and transferring the gold bass strings to this new instrument.  I expect that it will be both exciting and nerve-wracking.


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