Parts of the Harp
This post will briefly discuss the parts of the harp.
The soundboard of the harp is the hollow piece of wood that sits between the harpist’s legs. It is hollow to allow the sound to vibrate and be heard. There are holes in the back of the soundboard so that the harpist can have access to the strings to replace them as needed.
At the bottom of the soundboard is the base of the harp. On lever harps, there may be feet, or a solid block of wood that makes up the base. On pedal harps, the base will house seven pedals, one for each pitch.
The column, or post, is the straight, or sometimes curved, piece of wood that is just beyond the lowest string of the harp. This column structurally keeps the harp from breaking. In pedal harps, the column houses rods which connect the pedals in the base to the mechanisms in the neck.
The neck of the harp is the curvy piece of wood at the top of the harp. The tops of every string end at the neck. This is where we see the levers, on lever harps, or rotating discs on the pedal harp.