Have a question about your harp? Have a read through our frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered then please fill out our contact form and we will do our best to answer.
The Wee Nifty 27 Electro-Acoustic Harp frame is constructed using laminated birch plywood and is designed to be robust and durable.
Wee Nifty Pro 27 and Big Nifty Pro 34 are constructed using six laminated sections of Canadian Rock Maple to provide an exceptionally stable frame.
Birch Ply is hand-formed to create all the resonators, bracing and trim sections on The Nifty range.
Invisible Oil (three coats) is the finish we apply to the harps. This superb matt sealant retains the natural appearance of the wood and remains easy to dust clean with a soft cloth. In addition, the water resistance of the finish means that you can wipe off spills, or the wee ones’ grubby pawprints, with a cloth lightly moistened with water.
So, apart from keeping it clean and in tune, your harp’s construction materials require minimal effort to keep it in excellent condition.
A Nifty Harp is coated with three coats of Invisible Oil. This protective matt finish is explicitly chosen to retain the natural look and feel of the timber, but also to be low maintenance robust finish.
A dry duster is all needed for a quick dust down, while a slightly damp cloth will remove spillages or marks.
The harp is fitted with tapered tuning pegs for a tight fit into the frame to provide precise adjustment when tuning. Should you notice a peg becoming loose and the string’s tuning drifting off, apply pressure to the peg, towards the harp frame, when adjusting it with the tuning key provided – this will cause the taper of the peg to tighten again in the frame.
- Firstly, ensure you have the tuning key on the correct peg. We have added coloured marker rings to the C and F tuning pegs, so double-check, as the frustration caused by breaking a string due to winding up the wrong peg is best avoided!
- Minimal adjustment is usually required to get a string into the correct tuning, so don’t be too heavy-handed with the tuning key.
- Always use a chromatic tuner set to 440 Hz and adjust gently clockwise until the string is in tune. However, first detune below perfect tuning and then back up to the right point, as your chromatic tuner shows.
- Never attach your tuning key to a tuning peg and then forget to remove it – it will likely cause an accident!
The Nifty Harps all use our bespoke hybrid string complement.
Three wire-wound on the 27-string harps and ten wire wounds on the 34-string harp.
When replacing a broken string, always choose the correct string, nylon, fluorocarbon, or wire from the string selection page in the Nifty Shop. The strings we selected explicitly for Nifty Harps are available only on this site. Note: Count from the harp’s top (shortest string) to choose the correct replacements.
Replacement strings we supply come cut to the correct length and pre-tied to make installation quick and easy.
Replacement tuning key
A tuning key is supplied with your harp. If you need a replacement, or maybe just a spare, keys can be ordered from our shop
The Wee Nifty Harps come in two standard configurations: un-levered and fully levered.
In the early stages of learning, some teachers will suggest that levers are not immediately required, so we supply the un-levered version of The Wee Nifty to make the initial purchase as affordable as possible. However, as your playing skills develop, you will likely want to be able to learn a broader range of music in different keys or play alongside other instruments without re-tuning the harp each time.
We only specify Camac levers on our harps, primarily due to their accuracy, reliability, and build quality. The levers are optimised to suit Nifty Harps and the pre-drilled frames are prepared for the Camac lever dimensions we have adopted, so we strongly recommend only selecting what you require from this site.
Lever upgrade options:
Our harp frames are pre-drilled so you can retrofit our bespoke Camac levers to the un-levered Wee Nifty. This can be done individually or by selecting our complete 27-lever upgrade pack.
Optional: Individual levers: Consult your harp teacher if considering this option. They may suggest adding only the levers needed to select the required key for specific pieces of music you are learning. Again, this method would allow you to spread the cost of the upgrade.
Recommended: Full 27 lever set: Upgrade your un-levered Nifty to the ultimate version for complete flexibility in playing all available major and minor keys. This is recommended because we will install and register the levers at the workshop for you. Unless you are local, adding a few levers at a time would be costly due to the shipping costs generated over several journeys to and from the workshop.
Lever replacements: If replacing a broken lever, please ensure you select the correct one using the list on the levers page on this site. Count from the top of the harp (the shortest string) to ensure you choose the correct one.
Lever fitting options:
At Home: As the frames are pre-drilled for the levers, it is possible for them to be fitted at home with care. It is a little fiddly but not a difficult task. Installation tools and fitting/regulation instructions would be included with the kit supplied.
£18.52 per lever, plus postage.
Bring your harp to the workshop: If you live near enough to the Scottish Borders, you can opt to make a booking to have your levers fitted here at the workshop. You must contact us to book an appointment upon purchasing the lever kit.
£500 for the complete lever set with no additional charges.
Send by carrier: If you are unable to get to the workshop in person, you can order levers and arrange to ship the harp to us, in its original packaging, via a carrier. If you no longer have the packaging, you can contact us in advance, and we will do our best to assist with shipping. However, this may incur a small extra charge for shipping if we need to supply a shipping case.
Chat to us directly, and we will endeavour to assist you.
£500 for the complete lever set, with shipping being the only additional charge at the applicable rate for returning the harp to you.
Transporting your harp
Please consider purchasing one of our padded carry cases for your harp to protect it from damage as you load it into your car or travel between lessons or gigs.
If transporting your harp by a UK carrier or international shipping, we suggest you contact us at the workshop to discuss the options and potential costs involved.
- This may entail the purchase of a fibreglass transit case, but it should be noted that this is an expensive option. Please call to discuss.
- We may have one we can lend you short-term, but the costs incurred getting it to you and returning it will be chargeable. The case remains your responsibility and must be returned in the same condition as supplied.
Harps are delicate instruments and, as such, must be packaged securely for ultimate protection.
To prevent your harp from being knocked over and possibly damaged, it is wise to store it in a quiet corner, away from busy parts of the house. It can be left on its stand if you are using one, as it has larger feet for greater stability, but ensure it is placed out of the way.
Should the worst happen and your harp falls over, the construction is such that it is unlikely to be damaged. However, if the resonator is cracked or broken due to contact with a hard surface, the resonator can be replaced here at the workshop. The cost of completely replacing the resonator and the piezo loom is £249, excluding the cost of shipping the harp to and from our premises.
All harps are safer in a protective padded bag when you are out and about. We have a robust, medium-duty shower-proof case with sturdy padding and carry handles for the Wee Nifty and the two Nifty Pro harps.
It is advised to use a stand to raise the harp up into the ideal playing position when seated to encourage good playing technique. It is important not to feel like you are hanging onto the harp whilst playing – it should rest comfortably on the shoulder, allowing free movement of your hands.
Our flat-pack stand design is simple to assemble. The central polycarbonate pillar and the threaded rod that clamps the assembly securely together come in three standard height options
470 mm high with suitable threaded rod and hardware.
400mm to suit younger players.
550 mm to enable the harp to be played comfortably whilst standing.
Make your selection at the point of purchase using the drop-down menu
All Nifty harps have a threaded insert and two locating holes in their feet. The top plate of the stand has two brass locating pins to ensure correct alignment, with a threaded thumb-screw bolt making secure attachment or removal quick and easy.
To obtain alternative column lengths or even to have more than one option available, you can purchase these on the stand page in the online Nifty Shop.
All Nifty Harps have our bespoke piezo pickup system pre-installed inside the resonator. This allows the harp to be connected to external amplification, effects pedals or recording equipment.
The pickup system is also ideal for small in-line amplifiers to drive headphones. These provide a simple way to filter out distractions, enabling you to focus on playing whilst practising.