Old Irish harp tuning pins are different from the modern steel tuning pins used on classical pedal harps and lever harps. Old Irish harp tuning pins are made from brass, and they have a square drive head which is as wide as the wide end of the tapered shaft.
My handmade brass tuning pins have #4 Imperial 1:48 taper shafts, the same as standard modern harp tuning pins. This means they can be fitted using a standard ¼′′ reamer, or can be swapped out to replace modern steel pins. I can make your pins to any shape, size or length (within reason…) Let me know what your harp is, and what pins you need for it.
NEW CHEAPER PRICING COMING SOON. (expected May 2021)
If you need a pin longer or thicker than I can make using my standard #4 blanks, get in touch and we can see what is possible.
Examples of my previous work
I have made sets of pins for amateur harpmakers as well as for professional instrument-makers. Some of my sets of pins are generic old Irish harp pins; others are carefully sized and modelled after individual historic pins. I especially enjoy making replica pins specifically to go in a replica harp. (in the photographs below, I did not make the harps! I only made the pins for these harps)
I can also supply brass taper pin blanks, if you want to make your own pins. These are the same blanks that I am now using to make my own hand-made pins. These blanks are made for me here in Northern Ireland to my specification. They are turned from brass rod. The blanks are 105mm long with #4 Imperial 1:48 taper shafts, and integral 6.4mm drive heads.
Data sheet and instructions for use (PDF download)
COMING SOON. (expected May 2021)
To fit these pins into a new harp you will need a ¼′′ reamer. You can buy one for £25, or you can borrow one from me, for £5 plus a £20 returnable deposit.
How to order:
Please note: postage is charged extra. Click here for payment information.
If you are not sure what you need, still get in touch and ask me. There is no commitment to place an order; just call or email and see if the price and description is really what you are after. I am happy to recommend other sellers who might have what you need.