Ardival Rose Mediaeval Clarsach, 26 Brass Strings
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The Rose is a substantial lap harp, with a bright, resonant sound capable of filling a cathedral. It is based on carvings of mermaids playing harps on the fireplace at Kilravock Castle, home of the Rose family, near Cawdor. The Rose is made entirely of sycamore, with a hollowed-out soundbox, exterior integral string band, brass string shoes, chamfered arm and a pillar reinforced with a T-section. It has a range of over three octaves, with a bass drone silver string, tunable to either bass F, G or A; the remaining brass strings ascend from tenor c up to treble f'''.
Strings: 25 brass strings + 1 silver string
Range: bass G; c-f'''
Width (across soundbox) 29 cm; Depth (from end of string arm to back of soundbox) 51 cm; Length (from end of string arm to base of pillar) 82 cm
Weight: 5 kg