Frequently Asked Questions


Effect of temperature and humidity on sound boards of acoustic musical instruments

Significant temperature and humidity will affect solid, thin, large sound board on musical instruments like pianos, harps, and string instruments. In this article we are referring to harp soundboards made with solid spruce.  Please read HERE

Harp String reference and notation for Folk Harps

Concert/classical harps have a different method for naming strings because of historical reasons. Fold harps use the scientific/piano system. Link HERE

Where can I find instruction?

Wells is host to Island Mountains Arts International Folk harp School, held every summer. The school is a 5 day, very intensive workshop which features some of North Americas's finest harpers. For more information check out the IMA website at

If you live in Vancouver Island, Marilyn Rummel teaches harp classes for beginners and advanced students. Please contact her for more information.


Where can I find more information about harps?

Make sure you read the section Buying a Harp from the menu. It will give you a good overview about the issues related to purchasing a new harp.

The Celtic Harper website is excellent and very informative about harp makers, harp teachers, harp events, harp music, harp history and more..


Reference to our harps can be found in the Canadian Encyclopedia of music at the following link:

or search for harp in Encyclopedia of music and then go to recent activities and building. The Canadian Encyclopedia

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