As part of continued research within the Barberini Harp Project, Harfenlabor invited master historical harp maker Eric Kleinmann to reflect on his findings following decades of research into, and practical examinations of the Barberini Harp. Harfenlabor also commissioned Kleinmann to build a small-scale model of the top of the harp for experiments with stringing, and present his conclusions at the Convening around the Barberini Harp, a symposium organised by Harfenlabor that took place on December 14-16, 2016, at the Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali and at the Istituto Storico Austriaco, Roma. At the time, Kleinmann had strong reasons to believe that the harp could not have been made out of walnut. Subsequent Thünen-Institut examination proved that the column and the neck both walnut. Harfenlabor organised a Zoom conversation between Kleinmann and Volker Haag, the lead wood scientist on the Thünen team, in which they reflect on their different conclusions and explore other open questions.
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Cite:&&Eric Kleinmann, <i>Practical Examination of the Barberini Harp</i>, Barberini Harp Project / Convening, by Studio Armin Linke / Harfenlabor, May 15, 2022, Harfenlabor.com, MP4, 18:23, https://www.harfenlabor.com/research/practical-examination-of-the-barberini-harp/.