This harp is much plainer than the other Dolmetsch harps I have seen, but its low serial number makes me wonder if it was made in the late 1930s, when Arnold was still alive.
The harp has a lot of small cracks and separations of glue joints, I think from the wood shrinking in the dry US climate, but I don’t think any of these are structurally compromising. The real problem is a long soundboard crack. I will need to take the back off, I think, to be able to glue it. I will use hide glue like repairing a guitar – this instrument is pieced together and not carved sculpturally from a log like the old Gaelic harps.
Although it is poorly designed from a modern point of view, being a strange hybrid of ancient and 20th century design, it has a seductive sweet charm and is very compelling as it sits in my room.
My aim is to repair and restring it, and to make a Youtube for Iris. Watch this space.