Our unique damping mechanism was developed on the special request of Nicanor Zabaleta and its functioning was then brought to perfection by systematic fine-tuning. It damps the wire-strings range by means of an eighth pedal that moves a brass plate covered with felt and attached below the tuning mechanism. The eighth pedal itself is positioned on the left inside of the instrument, next to the B-pedal and at the same distance from its neighbor as are all the others.
This innovative sound system, what we offer, was developed in cooperation with both harp-players and sound engineers and allows our instruments to be played in many different environments and musical contexts. By selecting the various pick-ups and their respective positioning, on the inside soundboard one can easily amplify the harp’s natural sound without distorting it. In addition, the pick-ups can be connected to effect processors and such an arrangement then allows for numerous sound variations.
A subsequent implementation of the system is possible for all Horngacher and Obermayer harps.
Furthermore we have installed the system as well in a few harps manufactured by other companies.