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Gothic Harps...

...originate in the late Middle Ages and were used until they were replaced by larger harps in the Renaissance period. They were spread around central Europe and can often be found on paintings of that age (12th through 16th Century).

Gothic harps are strung with low-tension gut strings and have a soft, lute-like tone.

Music example

Some Gothic harps were equipped with so called bray pins, which produced a loud, buzzing sound.

Gothic harp with court member

Gothic harp, Type Wartburg
Type "Wartburg" with gothic carvings and entarsies

Type "Wartburg"

This is a rebuilt version of a Gothic harp (Wartburg Museum / Eisenach), 27 strings (F-d'''). The original is generously ornamented with entarsies. These were handcrafted by nuns in the convents of northern Italy. They are very colourful and of an unprecedented complexity. The harp can be fitted with simplified entarsies on request.

Type "Nuremberg"

A simple Gothic harp, designed according to an original in the German Museum, Nuremberg. 26 strings (G-d''').

Type "King Size"

Like the "Wartburg", but slightly enlarged with 30 strings (C-d''').

Gothic harp, King Size
Type "King Size" with profiled pillar

Gothic harp, Type Nuremberg
Type "Nuremberg" with entarsies

Gothic harps are available with entarsies and original carvings.

The shown harps (type "Nuremberg) were built on a harp making course in 1996.

Gothic harp as can be found in certain forests

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