Kennetis Bray Harp
This Kennetis has an Georgian finish. A darker shade of stain is also available, but of course the wood can be left with its natural colouring. See 'Choosing a Finish' page.
Our Kennetis bray harp is based on European harps played in the late 14th and 15th centuries. It was designed to be a modestly-priced bray harp with a bottom note of C below middle C, with the capability of fretting semi-tones and giving a satisfying buzz throughout the whole range. The soundbox is carved from a single block of wood,
made in the authentic manner, with a rectangular cross-section. Thin gut strings are used, giving a light tension which is comfortable to play, and providing maximum movement for the strings to vibrate against the bray pins.
Strings: 23 gut strings
Width (across soundbox) 15 cm; depth (from end of string arm to back of soundbox) 40 cm; length (from end of string arm to base of pillar) 97 cm
Weight: 2.5 kg
Price - £1870
Brays are individually fitted to the harp. We are very happy to advise on the use and maintainance of bray pins. Just ask!
Here you can see how the arm has been carved to assist with the occasional fretting of semitones.