what they're saying about the Thormahlen Cygnet .
Endorsements for Swans, Serenades, Ceili
January 2, 2021
See our video of 4 customers who tell their expereience with their Thormahlen
Harp on the Swan endorsement page.
I am sooooooo thrilled!! I now have a beautiful folk gut strung
cherry Cygnet. I have so very much missed playing my L&H
Style 23 Concert Grand, and had to sell it because of the advancing
osteoarthritis in my hands, but the Cygnet is that and more
with out the high tension!! The tone is
so lush, rich, and warm!! I am so excited
to have it right before my busy season. The harp is beautiful
to look at and the tone is awesome!!! What a wonderful harp you
- Cynthy Johnson, Virginia (Cynthy and her
See Cynthy with her koa Swan on the Swan endorsements
Cynthy recently had hand surgery. If you'd like to read a
little bit about that, click here.
On February 14, Joanna sent this to the Harplist:
I would like to send an e-Valentine out to Dave and Sharon.
Thanks Dave for making those gorgeous harps!!! Everywhere I
go with my cherry Cygnet 36, someone always says "Hey,
that harp looks like a heart! How do you get all that music
out of that little harp?" Somehow,
Dave knows how to build a small, light harp with a huge,
lush sound....and everytime I call Sharon with another dumb
question, she is always gracious and helpful. I love you
guys!!!! Oh, and
by the way it's just the right height so I can look over
her cute little neck and see everyone in the room. She sang
beautifully at my Valentines day gig. I just love my little
- Joanna Mell, Pennsylvania (You may have
noticed Joanna on the Swan endorsements page and
you'll also see her on the Serenade page
When I was in the hospital, my husband brought to me a dear
friend: my Cygnet harp, Lucia. She was (and still is) such
a comfort. I played her whenever I could. I must tell you the
patient in the next room who had Alzheimer's, was very noisy yelling
and screaming, not really knowing where she was and what was happening
to her. I would play my harp and she quieted
right down. It was better than the any drug the nurses could
have given her!! Her husband
thanked me, the nurses thanked me. I was told my harp was
wonderful by so many doctors and nurses!!! I created a soothing comforting
and healing atmosphere with my Lucia.
- Pam Travis, Washington (with her cherry Cygnet)
Pam's cherry Cygnet has a sister Cygnet in koa, so there are
2 Cygnets at Pam's house.
My harp, "Little Sister," lives in the family room
and I sit with her in front of the TV, noodling during commercials.
I can't resist striking an arpeggio as I'm walking by, letting
the ringing follow me when I'm about my business. And this seems
to be catching. Both of my kids can't resist her, either. I LOVE
having a bass and the ability to change keys without retuning
the harp. And the rich, mellow tone is so
calming. Even though
I'm still a beginner, Little Sister's tone calms even me while
I'm playing. I've learned that harp therapy is not only for the
sick and stressed listener but also for the player. She is my
respite. Thank you for making a wonderful and beautiful harp.
- Lynne, New Jersey (with her maple Cygnet)
Thank you, thank you. My new harp is TRULY
A WORK OF HEART!
- Donna Cribbs (her new cherry Cygnet with
our new oval heron inlay)
My newest Thormahlen harp arrived yesterday and I was overwhelmed
with joy! The koa wood is beautiful beyond words; the grain is
rich in color and the tone that it imparts to the harp is similar
to my koa Swan Deluxe – sublime! The Western red cedar
soundboard is stunning and matches beautifully with the overall
coloring of the harp.
This is my third Thormahlen harp and I am just as thrilled
as when I received my first! The craftsmanship is par excellence,
the delivery and packaging perfect, and the consistent high quality
between all three of my harps is amazing!
My husband, Steve, took a quick photo of me a few hours after
we had opened the the harp. I just put my arms around my harp
and fell in love all over again. This harp is for me; I did not
purchase it for gigging, or teaching, or any type of work. This
harp is solely for me and I couldn't be more thrilled. I was
going to have Steve take a formal picture of me with this harp,
similar to the other pictures, but I think this picture expresses
exactly how I feel about Thormahlen harps and my new harp exactly – I
Thank you so very much – you both make the very best harps!
- Cynthy Johnson, Virginia
Finally, I can tell you that the harp is safely in my hands!
It cleared customs at the start of last week. What a long journey
it's had! And what a relief to open the carefully packaged box
and finally meet my dream harp, in perfect condition. It is exactly
the sound I had in my head – dark and silvery
in the bass, rounded and sparkling in the treble. It makes me
so happy. My fingers dance on the strings. I am looking forward
to having more time to get to know it well. I'm sure I'm going
to write again soon to tell you all about it - and I must remember
to send you a picture too.
I can’t thank you and Dave enough for making this beautiful
instrument for me, dealing with the complexity of sending it
across the world to Australia, and being there to help me every
step of the way. I am so proud to play a Thormahlen harp and I can't wait
to take it out into the world to share its beautiful shape and
heavenly sound with everyone. With deep gratitude,
- Tristan, Australia
|I purchased a Lacewood Thormahlen Cygnet in June of 04. I am not
your "most experienced" harpist ever (this is my first
real harp), but I have been a classical guitarist since age 5 (I'm
now 35), went to music college, and I know a bit about the tone
I want, and I also know something about wood qualities. I did an
"over the phone" test of all the harps Sharon had. I did
not know which one she was playing. I did not pick the most expensive
one, nor did I pick what I felt was the prettiest looking one. I
picked the one that had "it" as far as tone was concerned.
My Lacewood Cygnet is truly an instrument to behold. I
cannot comment highly enough on the craftsmanship of the instrument. Being as I've
owned many instruments (wood and otherwise,) I think I can comment
on this aspect.
- Peggy Welty, Ohio
|My new maple Cygnet sounds absolutely wonderful - I like the
fact it has a lot of sustain all the way up into the high register
but is still clear with lots of overtones which gives it a lively
It also is extremely responsive and easy to
play. What a great sounding
- Mollie Nichols, New York
|I have owned a Thormahlen walnut Cygnet harp since October of
2005. I absolutely love it. It is the perfect
thing for a beginner like me. Thank you all for making
such wonderful instruments!
- Whitney Miller
I am enjoying my bubinga Cygnet so much! I receive compliments
on its lovely tone at harp circle meetings and from my teacher
whenever she plays it. My dog and cat faithfully
curl up as close to the harp as I will allow them to while I
play. At the end
of my practice time, I can never resist playing just one more
arpeggio to prolong the harp magic!
- Tabitha Brecke, Arizona
|She came this afternoon. I can’t tell you how delighted
I am. I knew I would appreciate the additional levers and more
strings, (my old harp
had only f’s and c’s) but I was concerned about the
sound being better. Silly me!! The sound is so great. The resonance
and tone is really marvelous. Only wish more people had heard the
old one and could hear the difference. The
smoothness of the harp is beyond any expectation. I have
tuned it up and played several songs and even surprised myself
that I could figure out all the flats, etc.
Please convey to Dave that his work is outstanding and he should
be proud. I am most pleased and look forward to a wonderful life
filled with music.
- Stephanie Raphael-Nakos, Iowa
Last year, I purchased a Cygnet from Melody’s here
in Texas. They had 6 lever harps and my heart gravitated to Cygnet
as I did my process of eliminations. I loved the sound when I played
it and the sound when I stepped back and someone else played it.
I love my smaller harp; the sound is as rich as my pedal harp.
My love comes when I play outside the home and I have to move a
harp, the Cygnet is the first I grab. The sound and the portability
win every time.
-Terry Hywari, Texas
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