Courtesy of

Cynthia Cathcart

The Kinnellan is a large renaissance wire-strung clarsach, based on the image in Praetorius's Syntagma Musicum of 1619, labelled "Irish harp with brass strings".  It shows an undecorated large low-headed harp with brass cheek bands on a thick string arm, a huge soundbox with three pairs of sound holes and a reinforced pillar.  The Kinnellan is made entirely of sycamore, likewise having brass cheek bands, a hollowed-out soundbox, an exterior integral string band, brass string shoes and a pillar reinforced with a T-section.  The range of thirty strings is taken from the string scheme published by Edward Bunting in 1840, having just over four octaves running from bass C up to treble d'''.  Six silver strings provide a rich bass, supporting the remaining brass strings.  

The Kinnellan is named after a loch near Strathpeffer containing a crannog -- an ancient artificial island used as a defensive dwelling.  

Strings:  6 silver + 24 brass

Range:  C-d'''

Width (across soundbox) 36 cm; Depth (from end of string arm to back of soundbox) 59 cm; Length (from end of string arm to base of pillar)  102 cm

Weight:  7.1 kg

The Kinnellan in this picture has an Georgian finish.

Price - £3100



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