Oscar Schmidt Autoharp for Hire
This 'harp was designed with the player in mind. The OS110 features our exclusive FT600 Fine Tuning System combined with a rock maple pin block to assure you will always be in tune. The natural high gloss finish gives this Autoharp a beautiful look.
The Fine Tuning System is a must have for the serious Autoharpist. Keep you ‘harp in tune with this featured system. The fine tuning system is installed in this autoharp, a perfect finish for any professional or perfectionist. Although tuning an autoharp can be difficult, the fine tuning system will help get your instrument right in tune. Saves on price and additional labor costs to have tuner installed at a later time. There are many factors that could change your tune. This fine tuning system is for the professional or serious Autoharp player that wants to keep this Autoharp in great playing condition and in accurate tune.
The fine tuning system does not replace the larger tuners at the top of the autoharp. The fine tuning system is a second set of tuners positioned on the bridge of the autoharp. The fine tuning system is used to make minute adjustments in the pitch of the strings. Once you have the string tuned to the right note, you can use the fine tuning system to get the note exactly in tune.
The pin blocks in many of the finest autoharps consist of hard rock maple for extra strength. The pin blocks are laminated rock maple pin blocks meaning they are specially coated for extra strength. The purpose of the pin block is to firmly hold the tuning pins in place where the strings are attached. The added strength of the laminated rock maple ensures that everything will stay in the right place. Multiple layers of maple laminations are cross-banded using a special high frequency, waterproof gluing process. Reversing the grain direction on each layer of lamination yields incredible strength and the high-frequency waterproof glue seals the laminations protecting the pin block from changes in the relative humidity.
The Autoharp is one of the few musical instruments that can claim to be truly American in origin. Invented in 1881 and patented in 1882, the Autoharp has had a remarkable hundred-year history. After being proclaimed “the nation’s favourite musical instrument” and then nearly fading into obscurity, the Autoharp has taken its manufactures on an endless roller coaster of ups and downs. As a nineteenth century parlour room favourite, it was finally replaced in popularity by the phonograph.