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Peter Mürnseer

Peter Mürnseer Harp maker
German, English
Monday to Thursday 8:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 17:00, Friday 8:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 16:00
By appointment only
+43 535264008
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Making beautiful music

  • • Peter took over his father’s workshop in 1989
  • • Every single staff member is also a musician
  • • His instruments are sold as far away as Japan and the US

Peter practically grew up on his carpenter father's bench and decided to start his apprenticeship just after finishing school, becoming the second generation in his family to join its instrument making business, which was founded in 1956. In the following years, building traditional alpine musical stringed instruments became Peter's true passion and, by then a master, he established the brand Mürnseer. Nowadays, the brand stands for outstanding instruments, especially single pedal harps with exceptional sound quality, which are often referred to as Stradivari for harpists. Mürnseer is now the biggest Austrian manufacturer of stringed instruments and a world-leading producer of single pedal harps.

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Single action pedal harp – 36 strings

This instrument was designed mainly for Tyrolean folk music. The vibrant nature of the bass and accompaniment and the somewhat higher proportion of bass in the tone are characteristic of this music.

Height 156 cm
weight 14 kg

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Concert zither – 36 strings

Despite its small dimensions, this instrument has a remarkably full, warm and multifaceted tone quality. All parts are constructed from solid spruce. The photo shows the instrument in natural colour. Other stains are available upon request.

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Lever harp – 36 strings

This model is an entry instrument into the world of harp playing. The harp is tuned diatonically and the high quality levers facilitate playing in different keys. Each individual instrument from Peter's workshop combines the art of traditional craftsmanship with the advantages of modern technology.

Height 150 cm
weight 10 kg

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Single action pedal harp – 40 strings

Cherry wood is beautiful in appearance and lends this harp a rounded, warm and straightforward tone. These are the qualities for a true all-round instrument, which is at home in all musical genres.

Height 165 cm
weight 19 kg

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Harp zither – 42 strings

The Mürnseer zither is produced in a region that can look back on a long tradition of zither playing. The original form and playing style have remained basically the same for over 200 years. The harp zither – 42 strings is the most elegant instrument among Peter's selection of zithers. Perfect craftsmanship combined with high quality wood results in an exceptional instrument.

Length 43 cm

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