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Autoharps became very popular in the United States in the late 1800s. The largest producer of autoharps at that time, C. F. Zimmermann began making instruments in Philadelphia around 1880. He soon moved his company to Dolgeville, New York, and by 1885 was producing autoharps in the thousands. For the next 50 years, many patents were given to other companies and people designing different styles of autoharps.

In 1929, a patent was awarded to J. H. Large for a type of autoharp that could be carried on a strap like a guitar. It has been said that this autoharp never went into production, but one or more prototypes were made. One is in the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona.

My "J. H. Large" Autoharp is based on the patent drawing. It has 20 strings and 9 chord bars and is set up to play in several major and minor keys. It is 25" long, 12" wide, and 4" deep. It is koa and maple.

Autoharps produce a beautiful, full sound, and are extremely easy to play. A tuning key is included.

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(31)
  • Reviewed by fiberferret
    5 out of 5 stars
    Feb 17, 2018
    Gorgeous as always from this amazing artist.
    Foot Stool (Cricket)

  • Reviewed by Lisabeth Bennett
    5 out of 5 stars
    Feb 10, 2018
    This was my first Ron Cook instrument. The unusual wood, the hand carving and the bright tone won me over and I ordered a larger psaltery right away. Each of them has its own "personality" and I use them differently. This mini serves as I work out the fingering for sheet music and is my travel companion, much like harpists have a travel harp.
    I hope and expect to own more of Ron's work in the future.
    PS Ron, if you are listening, make some fun new psalteries. :-)
    Psaltery

  • Reviewed by Lisabeth Bennett
    5 out of 5 stars
    Feb 10, 2018
    This is the second instrument I've bought from Ron Cook. It is gorgeous to look at and has a warm, resonant sound when played. With three octaves from C3-C6 it allows a wonderful range and space for two handed playing. Ron has a gift for selecting wood pieces and blending them to create spectacular one-of-a-kind instruments. Let's just say I will be keeping my eye on his shop to see what new delights he offers up in the future.
    Hog Nose Psaltery

  • Reviewed by Ellen Peirce
    5 out of 5 stars
    Jan 27, 2018
    Dulcimer Noter

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Autoharp

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: koa, maple
  • Feedback: 31 reviews
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