Turmennan Learner Harps

Handmade in Ireland

Traditional handcrafted Celtic & folk harps for the harp student, available in 26 and 34 string versions

The TURMENNAN EALA is still our principal harp and is now well established as a quality hand made instrument. EALAs are being played throughout Ireland as well as in Canada, Finland, Japan and several in Great Britain.

Several people had approached us with problematic harps bought from places such as online music stores. These are mostly of Asian origin, and while not badly constructed, the design, including the string layout, the strings and levers are of poor quality. They tend to be heavy and sound pretty awful. Generally it is not possible to turn these into viable musical instruments. Given the high demand for student harps we developed our learner harps to give student harp players access to high quality instruments at an affordable price.

Our Learner harps were designed with the harp student in mind; however they are favoured by harp students and experienced players alike, with many harp teachers purchasing them also. We do ship our harps worldwide.


The LEARNER 26 is aimed principally at the younger harp student, but is equally suited to more experienced players, who want a travel or a therapy harp.

The LEARNER 34 is an economical, full size harp for the more serious student.

Introducing our pair of student harps

Our learner harps are built from maple, to the same exacting standards of the EALA, and will give students the best possible start. Both harps have solid maple frames, coupled with birch aircraft ply soundboxes.

We only use CAMAC levers. The small American levers common on some small harps often become loose and generally are not very satisfactory. We can fit any combination of levers to suit individual requirements.

Although many prefer levers on all strings, levers on the C & F strings are often enough for beginners and this also helps keep the cost down. More levers can be added at a later date if required. All of our harps are bespoke and made to order to your specification so as such the order time is usually 6 to 8 weeks. As well as the videos and pictures contained on this website, there is also a large selection of videos and pictures of both the 26 string and the 34 string harps on our facebook page accessible using the link below.

Brian Waugh