17 Ardival Harps: makers of fine harps, Strathpeffer, Scotland
Ardival makes historical harps and traditional harps. The historical harps use authentic construction methods: hollowed-out soundboxes and gut or brass wire strings as appropriate. We make medieval gut-strung Pictish-style harps. Our wire-strung clarsachs follow the Scottish and Irish traditions. Wes and a damping technique.Constructed according to principles seen in surviving Scottish and Irish instruments, the soundboxes are hollowed-out from single blocks of timber, and the clarsachs are strung with brass. Local castles at Kilravock (the home of the Rose clan) and Kilcoy have fireplace carvings with clarsach-playing mermaids, hence the harp names.