The autoharps presented here reflect the personal endorsements of Bob Lewis, based on his 40+ years experience with all things autoharp. While Autoharp Works is a full fledged Oscar Schmidt dealer, many models are conspicuous by their absence here. The display here simply includes only the models we "like" and with which Bob cares to be identifi...
The autoharps presented here reflect the personal endorsements of Bob Lewis, based on his 40+ years experience with all things autoharp. While Autoharp Works is a full fledged Oscar Schmidt dealer, many models are conspicuous by their absence here. The display here simply includes only the models we "like" and with which Bob cares to be identified. The result is that this display is suggesting what instrument purchase options are believed to be in the customer's best interest. There are nicer autoharps available elsewhere but not in this price range.
Our pricing is based upon the fact that we do not sell autoharps as-is from the box. The autoharps direct from the factory are not ready-to-play without significant attention to detail. Autoharp Works is a custom shop, not an internet discounter. The goal is to be proud of what is offered and to have grateful and loyal customers. All autoharps are carefully prepared to the same standard as if Bob had to play the autoharp personally. There is significant bench time and parts expense involved in bringing the customer an optimized autoharp that can perform to its potential.
For someone who might want a fancy grade autoharp beyond what is offered here, the suggestion would be to contact Tom Fladmark at Fladmark Woodworks, RR2, Box 437, Sunbury, PA 17801, (570) 286-5044, firstname.lastname@example.org. That range would be $1200-2000. There are a number of other luthiers producing worthy instruments, but Tom Fladmark's are the only ones Bob plays or cares to own for his personal use. Given more confidence about what other builders are currently producing, other sincere recommendations might be possible.
You won't find any hyperbole in the product descriptions here. We despise that as commercial dishonesty. We do not just sell stuff and count money. It is important to be proud of our products or at least the relative value they provide. Nothing here is intentionally misrepresented or gushed over out of ignorance. We know our products, we know the market, and do not sell anything we would not consider buying personally in the customer's context.
This model is a favorite because the sound is bolder and more mellow than most models and is rarely disappointing. We favor the 1975-1977 vintage, those originally 21 chord and with rounded edges, all with spruce veneer tops and modern bracing. The best examples are with fine tuners and at this price.
OS11021AE, top of the line model with solid spruce back, electric pickup, Bm and F#m chords in center-row-major layout or rearranged to order. Special order only. Priced at full MSRP to cover extensive correction plus preparation materials and labor. Case sold separately.