Door Harp

Make an ethereal entrance with this handcrafted door harp, made to emit a trio of tranquil notes when moved.
created by

Bob Murphy

$115.00

Bob Murphy created by

Bob Murphy

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A Warm Welcome

Some like their arrivals heralded with the sound of trumpets, some prefer something a little more soothing. Beautifully hand crafted from maple, padauk and canary wood, this ethereal harp by Bob Murphy emits a trio of tranquil notes as the hanging mallets hit the wire. The natural wood grain creates a uniquely organic instrument, while the fluid silhouette creates an eye-catching display when hung. Hang on your door so every visitor gets a warm welcome. Handmade in Grass Valley, California.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

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Made in California

Bob Murphy

created by

Bob Murphy

location

California

When Bob Murphy retired as a house builder, he repurposed his woodworking skills to craft door harps. “Now I make much more expensive sawdust with all the exotic hardwoods I use,” he jokes. To create that sawdust—and, of course, the stunning instruments that welcome guests with warm tones—he turns to his studio’s heavy-duty machines. Those multitasking behemoths “keep me motivated to design and create new items each year,” he says. And if the tools ever fail to move him, there are the views. Recently, the California-based artist relocated the equipment from his shop to his mountain home on five country acres. “It gets up to a foot of snow in the winter with a 50-mile, 180-degree view of surrounding pine and oak trees,” he says. “That is inspiring by itself.”

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
wire, walnut wood, maple wood, cherry wood, canary wood, metal pins, padauk wood
Measurements
9.5" L x 6.5" W x 2" D
Ingredients
Care
Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Notes
Intended for indoor use only. Allow harp to hang in place for a week before adjusting wires with included tuning wrench.
Item ID
26260

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Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

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UncommonGoodsDoor Harp
 
4.5

(based on 70 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (62)
  • Unique (34)
  • Durable (21)
  • Easy to install (18)
  • Easy to clean (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gifts (29)
  • Living room (10)
  • Office (6)
  • Kitchen (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (40), High-end shopper (11), Budget shopper (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (54), No (19)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (28)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I love the calming sound!

We almost returned this as it was difficult trying to figure how to hang it on our cut glass front door. If the keyhole would accept the thicker, upward turned hook on the new...Read complete review

We almost returned this as it was difficult trying to figure how to hang it on our cut glass front door. If the keyhole would accept the thicker, upward turned hook on the new 3M clear stick~on hooks, voila! But here's what we did; put a small nail into the oak door, made a loop of fishing line, put a SHORT screw, HEAD FIRST tightly into the keyhole and wrapped the fishing line around the screw threads, tying it on. Then, a small clear/tan round of velcro on the back and stuck it to the glass. (o:

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty, but little sound after having it for months

Very pretty piece of carpentry, but has its flaws. I purchased this many months ago, and put it aside pending a decision on how to hang it on my (custom) wood door...Read complete review

Very pretty piece of carpentry, but has its flaws. I purchased this many months ago, and put it aside pending a decision on how to hang it on my (custom) wood door -- reluctant to drive a nail in. Then I discovered 3M Command Strips (awesome things), and finally hung it. Well, the percussive sound that was high, bright, clear and crisp when I bought the harp was gone. I used the tuning tool to tighten the lax strings as much as I dared, but even though the sound improved -- the notes now higher, sharps instead of flats -- it was still quite dulled. I could barely hear it. So I fiddled with the tuning again, and one string broke with a pop. I was able to restring it (bloodied my fingers badly on the sharp wire). When I got it fully tightened, the original, bright sound was back. So I very carefully tightened the other strings. They both broke. When those were restrung they were louder, brighter, crisper. So buyer beware, these strings apparently suffer metal fatigue over time, and the sound will degrade. If they break there is enough extra wire wound around the pegs to restring them once, but wear safety goggles or large eyeglasses whenever you tune this harp!

A second issue is one of the wooden balls is strung in such a way that it does not bounce on its corresponding wire as the others do. It hangs from a static peg that is not adjustable, and the string emerges from a hole slightly on the side of the peg rather than the bottom. So the ball hits the wire incorrectly. That means I get only two repeating notes when the door is opened.

Would not buy this again.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Can't hear it

By 

from Los Angeles

About Me High-end Shopper

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Cons

  • Poor Design

Best Uses

    Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

    I am giving one star because the wood is pretty and it appears well made, but the whole idea of a Door Harp is actually hear it when the door opens and closes. Like other buyers here, I have to agree that it's impossible to hear the chime unless you open the door quickly and with force and then get your ear about an inch from the mechanism. Too bad. It's so pretty, but so useless, even after tightening the wires and switching doors. I wish I'd not chosen it as a birthday gift for my best friend. Embarrassing.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Just the right thing!

    By 

    from Canaan, NH

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Charming
    • Durable
    • Soothing
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • I use this on my office door!

      Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

      I decided to keep this intended gift once I saw how beautiful it was and how lovely it sounded. The scale didn't work in my log cabin home, but it is absolutely perfect (and draws many admiring comments) on my office door. The sound is subtle enough that it does not bother those around me and I love hearing the sound from the strings when I open and close the door.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Worth every cent

      By 

      from Toms River, NJ

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Easy To Clean
      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

          Welcomes our guest as they come into our home

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is so sweet, a perfect housewarming gift.

          By 

          from Idaho

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Install

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

              This door harp is beautiful and the sound of the chimes clear and so pretty. I read many of the reviews for this product and was a bit worried about quality, sound, etc. But I must say, I ordered two of the chimes, one for my brother and one for my parents, both having moved into new homes this year. Both were beautifully made and certainly excellent quality. The finish was flawless. The tone of both were light and lovely right out of the packaging (though a tuning tool is included). I am very happy with both chimes and would recommend this purchase.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very uncommon, very well made, very nice gift

              By 

              from Gloucester VA

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

                  door chime with wooden ball and strings

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful sound, design and quality

                  By 

                  from Nebraska

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gifts

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

                    House warming

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                     
                    5.0

                    Door Harp walnut sky

                    By 

                    from Westchester, NY

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Clean
                    • Easy To Install

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

                        Plan to hang it on the inside of front door.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                         
                        5.0

                        I would buy the door harp again. I wish it was bigger.

                        By 

                        from North Little Rock, Arkansas

                        About Me Midrange Shopper

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Clean
                        • Easy To Install
                        • I wish it was bigger.

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

                            I used it to put on the entry door of the office. I love your catalog, you have so many different items for sale.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            Masterly crafted

                            By 

                            from St. Cloud, FL

                            About Me Midrange Shopper

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Clean
                            • Easy To Install

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Large Rooms

                              Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

                              It was very easy to install on the front door. The Door Harp comes with a tuning device so that you can turn the tuning pegs and create your own chime tones. Very nice craftsmanship!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes
                               
                              5.0

                              Beautiful!

                              By 

                              from Springfield, VA

                              About Me High-end Shopper

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Install

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Outside

                                Comments about UncommonGoods Door Harp:

                                And, it is the perfect gift. My daughter and son-in-law live in CA, so every time their door is open, they'll think of me.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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