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CHAPTERS - chapterI: FAQ chapterII: Buying an Autoharp Tips chapterIII: Factory Made Autoharps chapterIV: Handmade Autoharps chapterV: Playing The Autoharp chapterVI: Autoharp Maintenance chapterVI: Autoharp Accessories

We aim to provide useful information and links to all things autoharp in the UK and beyond. If you have a general enquiry or a question not shown here, please contact:
Sue Edwards emailVice President@UKAutoharps.com


chapterI: Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What is the best type of instrument for a beginner autoharp?

A: The simple answer is a closed cover 21-bar Oscar Schmidt, like the OS73C, purchased from an Oscar Schmidt Dealer recommended by UKA. Visit our Buying An Autoharp page for more options and information.


Q2: I have an old autoharp with roses on the front. What is it worth?

A: If it looks something like this, the short answer is, "Sorry, not a lot." These Rosen autoharps are not practical musical instruments, and they are definitely not recommended for beginners. As a musical instrument it isn't worth more than about £25, but you may get more for it as a pretty wall-hanging! For more information about Rosen autoharps, download our Rosen.PDF document re-printed from Autoharp Notes.

Q3: Where can I find an autoharp teacher?

A: Go to the UK Autoharp Tutors page. Unfortunately there are not many in the UK, so if there is no-one within reasonable distance, for more information contact:
Sue Edwards emailVice President@UKAutoharps.com


Q4: Where can I obtain spares, strings, felts etc?

A: For more information view Accessories & Maintenance, also view details for UK Autoharp Suppliers.

Q5: Can I borrow an autoharp to see how I get on with it?

A: Yes! Come to a UKA Day - Alternatively see UKA Loaner Harps page.

Q6: Whatís the difference between a chromatic and a diatonic autoharp?

A: With CHROMATIC, you can play in any key, so itís a very versatile instrument for playing with other musicians in jam sessions. Unlike a guitar or banjo, you wonít need a capo!
DIATONIC autoharps are in one, two, or occasionally three keys. The most common are single F, dual F/C or G/D, or G/D/partial A íharps. This means that many strings are doubled up, giving the autoharp a much richer sound and you can use an Ďopen chordí playing technique. Some experienced players have several autoharps, all in different key combinations.

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