The Pilgrim Malvern
Finding a concert harp that’s light, portable and affordable has always involved a compromise with sound quality, or the use of inferior materials such as nylon strings and plywood soundboards - until now.
Launched in 2007, The Malvern, named in honour of Edward Elgar (whose 150th anniversary was celebrated the same year), combines the traditional qualities of a hand-built instrument with all the reliability and precision expected of a modern concert harp.
This elegant, hand-crafted pedal harp weighs just 31 kg (69 lbs). It has the full range of 47 strings, and is gut-strung to the very top. The Malvern’s uniquely-shaped extended soundboard is designed to produce a tonal range and quality to rival that of the most expensive concert harps.
Extensive research on harp acoustics; careful use of carbon fibre technology in key areas; mechanism plates that won’t tarnish and are fitted with gold-plated discs, bridge-pins and forks and our own special bell-metal cast soundbox ribs, together with the finest precision craftsmanship, has resulted in a harp with increasedstrength, reliability and quality of sound, but reduced weight and cost
Straight Sound Board from: £11,700 (inc vat)
Extended Sound Board from: £12,600 (inc vat)
Range: Top G - 7th C
Height: 178cm, 70in
Extreme Width: 94cm, 37in
Soundboard Width: 52.5cm, 20 3/4ins
Weight: 31kg, 69lbs
"The finest pedal harp that has ever been made in Britain. It is much lighter than most concert harps and, this combined with an original body construction, has a range of sonority and dynamic that is quite remarkable. ”