Pratt Harps

The John Pratt Harp Company offers lever harps in different sizes and price ranges, using standard concert harp strings with fairly high tension for better sound and a lively response. Custom order in the woods of your choice.

Now in stock at Summerhays Music

Empress: $5,424

Maple.  Price includes padded cover and key.

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Custom Harps

Pratt Empress Harp

THE EMPRESS

The harp features an extended sound board usually found only in pedal harps, which creates a full bodied sound unrivlaled in lever harps. It includes bass wires 6A and 6B and is fully levered with the harp industry’s finest – Camac levers. Pratt Harp Company provides a 5-year warranty.

  • Dimensions: Height: 63” Weight: 47 lbs.
  • Strings: Pedal or concert tension and gauge
  • Range: 40-strings, 6A to 1E

Wood Options: Natural Walnut, Cherry, African Bubinga, Zebrawood, Birch, Curly Maple, Birds-Eye Maple, Sapele, or in some mixed combinations of hardwood. (Contrasting woods in back corner and bottom body trim pieces may be selected at no extra charge. There is also no extra charge for selecting most colors of wood for the side strips. All woods and combinations must be agreed to by the manufacturer. Standard soundboard veneer is book-matched figured maple on all harps, unless by special request.) Options below may be ordered individually, or in specially-priced option packages. Includes key, and padded transport cover, as well as base cover.

Extra Cost Options for the Empress Harp:

1. Side Strip corner bead inlays: $ 170.00

2. Figured maple on back of wings: $ 63.00

3. Celtic knot soundboard inlays: $ 124.00

4. Soundboard border inlays: $ 124.00

5. #3 & #4 inlays above both together at reduced cost: $ 225.00

6. Side and back body panel inlays: $ 170.00

7. Trefoil or clover motifs around base: $ 110.00

Option Package 1: • Side Strip corner bead inlays • Figured maple on back of wings • Celtic knot soundboard inlays • Soundboard border inlays Total Cost: $5,710.00

Option Package 2: • Side Strip corner bead inlays • Figured maple on back of wings • Celtic knot soundboard inlays • Soundboard border inlays • Side and back body panel inlays Total Cost: $5,880.00

Option Package 3: • Side Strip corner bead inlays • Figured maple on back of wings • Celtic knot soundboard inlays • Soundboard border inlays • Side and back body panel inlays • Trefoil or clover motifs around base Total Cost: $5,985.00

 
Pratt Chamber Harp

CHAMBER HARP

One feature of this harp, virtually unique in the lever harp world, is Pratt’s extended soundboard. It is fully levered with the harp industry’s finest – Camac levers.

  • Dimensions: Height: 63” Weight: 46 lbs.
  • Strings: Pedal or concert tension and gauge
  • Range: 36 strings, 6C to 1C

Wood Options: Natural Walnut, Cherry, African Bubinga, Zebrawood, Birch, Curly Maple, Birds-Eye Maple, Sapele, or in some mixed combinations of hardwood. (Contrasting woods in back corner and bottom body trim pieces may be selected at no extra charge. There is also no extra charge for selecting most colors of wood for the side strips. All woods and combinations must be agreed to by the manufacturer. Standard soundboard veneer is book-matched figured maple on all harps, unless by special request.) Options below may be ordered individually, or in specially-priced option packages. Includes key, and padded transport cover, as well as base cover. Extra Cost Options for the Chamber Harp:

Extra Cost Options for the Chamber Harp:

1. Commercial rosette carving in lieu of std. “trefoil” motif:* $ 0.00

2. Side Strip corner bead inlays: $ 170.00

3. Figured maple on back of wings: $ 63.00

4. Celtic knot soundboard inlays: $ 124.00

5. Soundboard border inlays: $ 124.00

6. #4 & #5 inlays above both together at reduced cost: $ 225.00

7. Side and back body panel inlays: $ 170.00

8. Trefoil or clover motifs around base: $ 110.00

*The rosette is an item that we have been customarily ordering from a commercial supplier for this application. This no-cost option does not apply to customer-selected appliqués or other commercially purchased carvings, which would be considered a special order, and priced case-by-case.

Option Package 1: • Side Strip corner bead inlays • Figured maple on back of wings • Celtic knot soundboard inlays • Soundboard border inlays Total cost: $ 5,485.00

Option Package 2: • Side Strip corner bead inlays • Figured maple on back of wings • Celtic knot soundboard inlays • Soundboard border inlays • Side and back body panel inlays Total cost: $ 5,655.00

Option Package 3: • Side Strip corner bead inlays • Figured maple on back of wings • Celtic knot soundboard inlays • Soundboard border inlays • Side and back body panel inlays • Trefoil or clover motifs around base Total cost: $ 5,760.00

 
Pratt Sprite Harp

THE SPRITE

The Sprite is not simply a novelty, but in addition to being a small, more portable instrument, it may be used also for practicing or keeping your hands in playing when your pedal harp or larger lever harp is not available. It uses concert harp strings, has the same tension as our other harps, and has the same string length for the same strings as in our other harps. It is a more mobile harp for harpists who travel, and may be used for practicing, or for working out fingerings of difficult passages, in situations when it is simply not practical to have your pedal harp near. The Sprite is fitted with two guitar strap buttons, one on the right of the knee block, and one on the bottom left of the base, thus enabling you to play this instrument while standing, or even while walking. It includes also a very adjustable lap bar to enable you to better hold the instrument at the height you desire while playing the Sprite while seated.

  • Dimensions: Height: 29.5” Weight: 13 lbs.
  • Strings: Pedal or concert tension and gauge
  • Range: 22-strings, 4C to 1C

This instrument incorporates our traditional “ram’s head” design, and has the same quality of construction as our other harps. The soundboard is still made of select Sitka spruce, and is veneered with attractive, figured maple veneer of our own manufacture.

Wood Options: blond, birch, cherry, walnut, African bubinga,sapele, or possibly others. The Sprite includes gut concert harp strings through the third octave, and nylon strings above that. It comes in a fully levered version, or else in a partially levered version.

Pratt Princessa Harp

THE PRICESSA

The Princessa Harp was Pratt’s first to expand into a different appearance than their traditional “ram’s head” design. It has a flared octagonal column, with a scalloped crown on top, which we also incorporated into the Empress. This harp is simpler than the Chamber Harp and the Empress, lighter, and a bit shorter. It is intended for beginning harp students, though it is suited also for adult harpists. This harp has the usual higher string tension with concert harp strings, along with a string spacing consistent with most standard pedal harps. This instrument is ideal for progressing beginning students to transition to a pedal harp. The Princessa also has a veneered spruce soundboard, made in the same way as concert harps. The soundboard design, coupled with the good string tension, plated brass string eyelets, and concert strings give the Princessa excellent sound for a lever harp.

  • Dimensions: Height: 60” Weight: 30 lbs.
  • Strings: Pedal or concert tension and gauge
  • Range: 36-strings, 6C to 1C

Wood options: blond, birch, cherry, walnut, African bubinga, sapele, or possibly others. The neck is laminated in hard maple but with the outermost plies in the hardwood of the general finish of the harp. Body panels are of a birch hardwood laminate, veneered on the outside in the hardwood of choice. The Princessa is also crafted with the same quality and attention as our more expensive harps. The Princessa comes with a padded cover set as standard. Both top and base cover attach together, and have sturdy strap handles to facilitate loading the instrument in a vehicle.