"The 'Davidic Harp' by Marini Made Harps is by far the best modern evocation
of King David's favorite instrument I've yet encountered. Unlike other
ten-stringed 'Hebrew lyres' I've encountered, this is a true acoustic
instrument, able to respond to the demands of 'unplugged' playing and
playing with a microphone alike, as well as to the needs in the performance
of instrumental music and of accompaniment to vocal music. It responds
equally well to the fingers and the guitar pick alike and has a well-balanced,
bright tone. It also happens to be tuned in a way befitting ideally
the basic tuning theory behind the actual melodies preserved in the
Hebrew Masoretic Text as the late Suzanne Haik-Vantoura reconstructed
them. Finally, it can also be used to perform traditional Jewish melodies
such as the one featured in the accompanying link."
THE LOST LYRE OF THE LEVITES - RECREATED!
Since I first heard the incredible recording “Ancient Echoes;
Music From the Time of Jesus & Jerusalem’s Second Temple” by
the San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble 5 years ago, it has become my obsession,
to recreate the magical sound of the Biblical Lyres of my very own,
very ancient Levite ancestors – having found the Marini Made
Davidic Harp, my dream has become a reality!
The tone is both gentle, responsive & harp-like when plucked with
the fingers, yet vibrant & exhilarating when plucked with a plectrum.
According to the writings of Flavius Josephus, who actually witnessed
the Levites play their lyres in the Temple of Jerusalem, the 10-string
Kinnor was plucked with a plectrum, whilst the 12-string Nevel was
plucked with the fingers – when I play a combination of both
finger-plucked & plectrum-plucked tones on my Marini Made Davidic
Harp, it sounds like an entire Levitical Ensemble!
This lyre also works beautifully for the
performance of ancient Greek music – the ancient Greek Kithara & the ancient Biblical
Kinnor were almost identical. The beautifully straight bar between
the arms of the lyre enables long-lost ancient Greek lyre-playing techniques,
such as string stopping – using a knuckle of the left hand as
a fret on the string to play accidentals.
I personally recommend the Marini Made
Davidic Harp, for anyone with a passion for either spiritual or
ancient music performance.
me, it was truly “love at first pluck”! I only wish I
had found this powerful little lyre 3 years ago, before I started recording
my lyre albums – although there are other makers of replica Biblical
lyres whose instruments I have recorded with… it is only in the
unique quality of craftsmanship & tone of the Marini Made Davidic
Harp, that I can now say that I have at last found the lost sound of
the Lyre of the Levites – recreated!
Chepstow, United Kingdom
More video clips by Michael Levy...
in natural black walnut)
Range: c1 to e2
Click the button above to hear "Hatikvah" played
on the Davidic Harp
This harp comes pre-strung with extra strings
and a tuning wrench. The price does not include exotic wood, sales
tax, shipping or
Today I started volunteering at a hospital three blocks away. Took a month to
all the preliminary work and training to get approved but finally got through
and started this morning. I'm doing what volunteer services has dubbed "music
I took my Davidic Harp into the oncology ward and into the trauma/ortho ward.
Played for five hours to different patients and family members. All were amazed
by your little harp. So much interest in it. I played Christmas music, lots of
hymns, Celtic tunes and some easy listening things—whatever the family preferred.
Then left a gospel tract.
I was in a room today—entering just after a patient died of cancer. The family
was distraught, as you can imagine. I asked if they would like to hear some music—hymns
maybe. After playing my Davidic harp for about ten minutes the whole mood in
the room changed from totally distraught to a peaceful calm. The family
said their last goodbyes to hymns in the background. This little harp truly is
instrument and it made a
Terry Butler—Kingsport, TN
Dear Sue and all the Marini's,
We just played 2 weeks your kinnor (Davidic Harp). Really beautiful
sound, easy playing, my wife Claudia, our 11 year old son Jonathan
and I are playing happily.
Maybe for Chanukah celebrations in December my son will be playing
in the big synagogue of Barcelona for the Catalan television.
I am making some nice arrangements for kinnor and cello for the occasion.
Also some other nice Jewish pieces. If their is an performance I will
send you a link.
Thank you very much, love and blessings for all,
Jurgen Van Win and family
"I bought a Marini Davidic harp for my personal use. After I took it home
and played it, I enjoyed it so much that I started taking it into the long-term
care facilities at which I play therapeutic harp music. The harp is very lightweight
and easy to hold. It invites strumming, and produces a lovely, mellow sound with
very little effort. The residents at the facilities just like to hold it and
strum it—it provides them with a sense of accomplishment and they get a
lot of pleasure from hearing the sweet sounds that come from this little harp.
It is also visually very beautiful and unusual."
"The harp arrived in good condition yesterday. It looks and sounds
beautiful. I'm very happy with it, and I already enjoy playing
it. Thanks very much for your service. This little harp has the
sound of a much bigger instrument. I hold it close to my chest
as I play it, in the way that it is said of how King David played.
I now understand why he did that since the soothing vibrations
of the instrument can be felt by my heart. I've never experienced
such a meditative effect from playing any other instrument. This
lyre is so special due to it's historical significance, and the
beauty of it's sound. Thanks so much for the quality of your workmanship,
and for making this particular instrument available in this day
Professional Violinist, Fiddler,
Guarantee: All harps are guaranteed against defects
in materials or workmanship for five years from the date of purchase.
If you are not satisfied, you may return it within 30 days for
an even exchange or a full refund.
truly believe the Lord directed me to buy this Davidic Harp (Kinnor)
from the Marini's. I spent a lot of time researching the Kinnor,
as God had been giving me a real desire to worship Him on this Biblical
instrument, and am amazed at the value of this particular model.
The quality and tone of the instrument exceeded my expectations and
I have already begun composing songs of worship to the Lord Jesus.
The Marini's have done an exceptional job of providing a Davidic
harp that is such a joy to play and own."
God bless, Jason Fawks