Harp-E | Joris Beets Designs

The world's most affordable electroacoustic harp.

Super sturdy, DIY, flat-pack, customisable, portable and compact, designed for heavy use in education or on stage...

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MEET HARP-E:
The first flat-packed, affordable harp with stage-quality sound.
Because great instruments should be available to everybody.

A LABOUR OF LOVE:
Developed together with some of the world's best harpists, a music education charity and hundreds of musicians, its unique design combines sturdy and lightweight frame with professional, stage-worthy sound.

A harpist himself, inventor Joris has already taken the harp world by storm by developing the Delta Harp. The super sleek electroacoustic instrument which won the Red Dot Design Award, is now being played by both classical and experimental musicians on the world’s biggest stages and is produced and sold by the market-leading Salvi Harps.

But while Delta has achieved many things - from shifting the instrument’s reputation to making it suitable for any genre and introducing a superior base range - the issue of high costs of quality lever harps still remained. Something needed to be done about the most expensive elements of the instrument - the levers, which (for quality ones) usually total around 10 intricate metal parts each and are extremely expensive, making the whole instrument unaffordable for many.

THE IDEA WAS SIMPLE:
To reinvent the mechanism and rethink the frame construction completely while using the finest quality strings (high-tension Aquila SilkGut) and a state-of-the-art sound pickup system, making Harp-E a stage-ready instrument for a fraction of the price.

In partnership with the Dutch Harp Festival and "Het Leerorkest", an Amsterdam-based NGO providing musical instruments to over 5000 children, Joris' Harp-E team spent months researching the needs of musicians, children learning the instrument, harp teachers, schools and those servicing and maintaining the instruments.

The challenge was to come up with solutions for the main pain points of traditional harps - they’re expensive, fragile, heavy, impossible to carry around and are a nightmare to amplify and play in a band or orchestra - among many others.

THE RESULT - A TRUE INNOVATION:
An affordable, flat-packed, self-assembly electro-acoustic harp that is sturdy and lightweight without compromising on the quality of the sound. It's inclusive, teaching-grade, low-maintenance, wearable, hackable and it even evolves along with the harpist. Harp-E is here for anyone to explore the fun and the magic of this beautiful instrument.

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