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Telefon: +49 9172 669211 service hours: Mo-Fr. 8:00-17:00 Uhr

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Bernadette Kerscher
Heidecker Straße 4
91187 Röttenbach


Open Mo.-Fr. 8:00-17:00 Uhr, Sa. 9:00-13:00 Uhr

for expert advise about harps or harp service it is necessary to make an appointment


How you find us

Our premises are in 91187 Röttenbach, Heidecker Straße 4
We are located 40 km south of Nuremberg in the south of Germany
Important: in a GPS please search with PLZ 91187 oder complete address, "Röttenbach" is a current name around here and sometimes customers turn up in the wrong "Röttenbach" , one hour away.


On a harp you can find 4 kind of strings:

1. Metal strings:

All harps with large tonal range use wound metal strings for the lower bass range.

However there are small bardic harps, that are stringed completely with metal strings. Metal strings show a long sustain and therefore ask for special playing techniques with a lot of damping of the sounding strings.

2. Natural gut strings:

Natural gut are the historical strings in the middle and higher tonal ranges. Today natural gut still is the standard in the classical domain on concert harps. They have a nice, warm sound, but are fragile and break more easily than nylon or carbon strings. And the price for quality gut strings is considerably higher.

3. Nylon strings:

Nylon is a synthetic filament, cheap and durable.
Only problem: Nylon strings tend to clash when played with energy.
Lever harps used to be stringed with nylon strings, and you´ll find lever harps with low tension strung with those strings .

4. Carbon strings:

A modern synthetic filament, fluorcarbon, has been used more and more on lever harps in the last years.
Fluorcarbon can support more tension than nylon, fluorcarbon sttrings have a full and brilliant sound and avoid the "clashing problem" of nylon strings.

String tension

Concert harps do not show large variations : length and calibration of the strings is quite uniform by models and manufacturers, and the string tension on modern concert harps usually is quite high.
On lever harps there are very different concepts: you will find small lever harps , strung with nylon, with very low string tension, as well as lever harps strung with natural gut the same diameter and tension than the concert harps. .

We prefer middle tension , not too low. so you can play with energy and perform in a higher dynamical range. Therefore we use fluorcarbon strings on the harps we build , gut strings are available on request.