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This instrument is a single action hook harp, built Circa 1780 in Paris France. It uses the pedal-system Hochbrucker in Austria had invented to make playing easier . The hooks could now be moved by pedal-action.
It is a delightfully decorative object which would look amazing in your drawing room.
In excellent condition - please note that we are selling this harp as a decorative object not as a musical instrument.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 169 x Width 60 x Depth 89
Dimensions in inches:
Height 5 feet, 6 inches x Width 2 feet x Depth 2 feet, 11 inches
The harp is a multi-string musical instrument which has the plane of its strings positioned perpendicularly to the sound board. Organologically, it is in the general category of chordophones (stringed instruments) and has its own sub category (the harps). All harps have a neck, resonator and strings. Some, known as frame harps, also have a pillar; those without the pillar are referred to as open harps. Depending on its size, which varies, a harp may be played while held in the lap or while it stands on a table, or on the floor. Harp strings may be made of nylon, gut, wire or silk. On smaller harps, like the folk harp, the core string material will typically be the same for all strings on a given harp. Larger instruments like the modern concert harp mix string materials to attain their extended ranges.
The origin of the harp goes back to Mesopotamia. The earliest harps and lyres were found in Sumer c, 3500 BCE Several harps were found in burial pits and royal tombs in Ur.
Our reference: 06055
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