|Serial Number||N/A, but made around 1790.|
|Pricing||$4475.00 CDN without case. SOLD|
|Harp||The harp supports, as the rest of the instrument, are made of an ebonized wood.|
|Frets||While this is based on a harp or lyre design, there are 10 frets for the top two strings.|
|Body||As noted, the body is made of ebonized wood. The back and bottom are both rounded and is in good shape. The rosette is in good condition.|
|Finish||This instrument features an ebony finish with gold paint in a fern trim motif, in excellent shape. The instrument is identified thus:
“E. Light, Inventor of the British Lute,
32 Berners Street, London No. 8”
|Hardware/electronics||There are types of tuners. On the back of the harp are ordinary square tuning pegs, operated with a tuning hammer, as on a harp, autoharp, or piano. On the front, there are eight thumb-screw type tuning keys for rapid key changes. The bridge has pins for 15 strings, and a wire saddle.|
|Playability/Action||This is a fully playable instrument, in good shape.|
|Comments||Historically interesting and in lovely condition, all mechanical parts are in very good working condition. The gold finish, perhaps a neo-classical motif, is very attractive and quite well preserved. The eight extra tuning keys on the front are interesting; this helps overcome the limitations of many smaller harp-based instruments, which lose strings (and notes) to fit into a smaller space. This idea is used on some modern instruments and components, such as the 5th string banjo capo and the HipShot ™ drop tuner.|
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