EALA in detail

EALA handmade Irish harp

The EALA is the new harp from the TURMENNAN workshop. It is an entirely new design, taking it’s inspiration from traditional Celtic Harps. While retaining many elements of the very successful ÁINE, the EALA features several refinements. The obvious difference is the shape. The curves of the top rail mimic the graceful wing of the swan, from which it takes it’s name… Eala, (pronounced, al-ah), is Irish for swan.

Only top class materials are used in the construction of my harps. The main harp frame is constructed of two laminations of selected hardwood. There is no mortise and tenon joint, ensuring that there is no tendency for the top rail to lean over due to the string tension. Once the instrument has been ‘played in’ and the strings have settled, the EALA is very stable in tune.

The soundboard is made from solid Canadian Sitka Spruce, and is carried on a round backed soundbox, laminated from three layers of birch ply. The soundbox is then veneered to match the frame.

EALA in walnut with spruce soundboard

EALA in walnut with spruce soundboard

Savarez carbon strings – bottom octave bass wires

Savarez carbon strings – bottom octave bass wires

Fully levered with CAMAC levers

Fully levered with CAMAC levers